Monday, September 22, 2014
Rugby League News

Rugby League News

Sam Tomkins on his ‘up-and-down’ start to NRL life


England full-back Sam Tomkins believes he has a lot of improving to do if he is to show the NRL his full potential, and blames feeling tense for his ‘up-and-down’ start to his career down under. In his regular New Zealand Herald column, the Warriors player wrote: “I’ve had an up-and-down start in the NRL. There are little bits in ... Read More »

Jamie Jones-Buchanan plays through pain barrier

Jamie Jones-Buchanan. ©RLPhotos

Leeds coach Brian McDermott has revealed second-row star Jamie Jones-Buchanan played 25 minutes against St Helens last Friday night with a torn bicep muscle, and could now face several weeks on the sidelines. The 32-year-old sustained the painful injury after just 15 minutes but continued until half-time, when physios intervened and prevented the England international from returning to the field. ... Read More »

Russell excited for Challenge Cup debut

Scotland full-back Matty Russell. ©RLPhotos

Fresh from making his first start for Warrington Wolves, Matty Russell is preparing for another significant moment his career – his debut in the Challenge Cup competition. Before his year with Gold Coast Titans, Russell made two appearances for Wigan and six whilst on loan with Hull FC. But none were in the Challenge Cup, which he is now aiming ... Read More »

Ferguson and Gaskell eyeing early returns


Bradford Bulls back-rower Dale Ferguson is eyeing a return from injury a full six weeks earlier than first anticipated. The Scotland international, 25, is yet to make a competitive appearance in a Bulls shirt since his transfer from Huddersfield Giants last year after sustaining a back injury in pre-season. “I am very much looking forward to getting back out there, ... Read More »

Rugby League has ‘chance to flourish’ in Belgium


The Belgian Rugby League Association will celebrate its first full year as a National Governing Body at the end of May and its leaders, president Yves-Michael Kazadi and secretary general Zakaria Zoubir, are confident that the sport has every chance to flourish there. ”In the coming weeks we should launch our first domestic games,” said Zoubir. “We are making progress ... Read More »

McShane and Olbison charged by match review panel


Two players have been charged by the RFL Match Review Panel following incidents in First Utility Super League Round 7 fixtures. Tom Olbison of Bradford Bulls has been charged with making Grade C dangerous contact with Widnes Vikings player Danny Tickle in the ninth minute of a match played on Sunday March 30. Paul McShane of Wakefield Trinity Wildcats has ... Read More »

Sonny Bill Williams back for Bulldogs bout

Sonny Bill Williams. ©Action

Sydney second-rower Sonny Bill Williams returns to NRL action this Friday when the Roosters take on his former club Canterbury Bulldogs. The New Zealand dual-code international has served a three-match suspension for a shoulder charge on South Sydney’s England prop George Burgess in the first match of the season. “I think it was a bit of frustration with the way ... Read More »

Official Rugby League World Cup review revealed

Australia lifting the 2013 World Cup. ©RLphotos

The true success of RLWC2013 was discovered today after the official tournament review was revealed to the media. Speaking at the launch, tournament director Nigel Wood said: “We believe that the success factors identified before the opening game of Rugby League World Cup 2013 were comprehensively delivered against. “From the opening games beneath the closed roof of Cardiff’s Millennium Stadium ... Read More »