Thursday, August 28, 2014
Rugby League News

Rugby League News

Jordan James signs year-long deal with Wigan

Jordan James - from assistant coach to first team in one fell swoop. ©RLPhotos

Wigan Warriors have signed veteran Welsh international Jordan James on a season-long deal. The 33-year-old, who captained his country at the 2013 World Cup, spent last season with Salford before penning a contract to join Wigan’s backroom team and develop young Welsh talent. He had also agreed a two-year deal to join Championship One part-timers Gloucestershire All Golds. “Obviously I ... Read More »

Crusaders looking for improvement


Former Bradford Bulls Super League star Michael Platt (pictured) will feature in the North Wales Crusaders side set to take on Leigh Centurions this Sunday as head coach Clive Griffiths looks to improve on their display against Widnes. The Wrexham-based side are likely to face an under-strength Centurions side – due to their game against Salford City Reds on Friday ... Read More »

Wigan release Lauaki


Wigan Warriors have confirmed that the club have parted company with prop Epalahame Lauaki. After numerous requests from the player over the last year to be released from his playing contract,  the club has agreed to his request. The player is now back in New Zealand with his family. Lauaki joined Wigan in 2012 on a three year contract from ... Read More »

Super League Magic Weekend details confirmed


The Super League Magic Weekend will return to the Etihad Stadium, Manchester on Saturday May 17 and Sunday May 18 2014. The weekend will feature four matches on the Saturday and three on the Sunday at the home of Manchester City, which plays host to the event for the third successive year. The action kicks off on Saturday May 17 ... Read More »

New league launched in Hampshire


An exciting new junior Rugby League competition has been launched in Hampshire, with the help of the county’s leading community club Southampton Spitfires. The innovative development project starts this spring under the banner of ‘Hampshire Youth Rugby League Association’ and aims to attract new teams from in and around the Hampshire area. The organisers are keen to hear from existing ... Read More »

Ashworth set for Saints debut

Ashworth in action for Rochdale u18s against Oldham

Rochdale based back rower Jack Ashworth is set to make his St Helens debut on Friday evening against Batley Bulldogs, just 12 months after signing for Saints from Rochdale Hornets. Ashworth was brought to the attention of St Helens academy staff following pre-season training with Rochdale last season and hasn’t looked back since, playing with the academy and training with ... Read More »

Behind the scenes at the Bradford Bulls media day


On Monday, Bradford Bulls invited a host of Rugby League journalists to their Odsal home to interview their players and watch on while they have their annual team photo taken. I took my camera along to give you a behind-the-scenes look at what the players got up to. Click any image to launch the gallery. Read More »

Garreth Carvell handed No 10 shirt at Bulls

Garreth Carvell. ©JoeWhitley

Former Great Britain prop Garreth Carvell has been handed the No 10 shirt at Bradford Bulls for the 2014 season. The 32-year-old, who signed from Warrington in the off-season on a two-year deal, will line up on the front row with Matt Diskin (No 9) and Nick Scruton (No 8). Bulls coach Francis Cummins, 37, announced his side’s 25 squad ... Read More »

Rugby League praised in parliament


The Parliamentary Rugby League Group has today praised Super League clubs and the RFL over recent announcements affecting the sport. In the space of four days, Super League has agreed a structure reshuffle from 2015 onwards and secured a lucrative headline sponsorship deal, with more set to be revealed. Speaking in Westminster, Chairman of the Group, Leeds North West MP ... Read More »

Robins lose out on Papua New Guinea duo


As we correctly reported in this week’s League Express newspaper (page six), Hull Kingston Rovers have been forced to pull the plug on their two Papua New Guinean signings Enoch Maki and Francis Paniu. The duo, who both represented the Kumuls in the recent world cup, were set to join on one-year deals but failed to get clearance on their ... Read More »

Justin Poore relishing Hull ‘friendly’

Justin Poore. ©TonyFoster

Hull KR prop Justin Poore can’t wait to face cross-town foes Hull FC in the derby ‘friendly’ on Sunday. “Sandy (Craig Sandercock) has got us pretty focused on defence,” he said. “I’ve never been in a Rugby League game where it is easy but from speaking to my team mates I know how intense a derby game is.” The experienced ... Read More »