Monday, September 1, 2014
Rugby League News

Rugby League News

The League Restructure: It’s all settled… or is it?

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On Friday the RFL’s independent Board of Directors ratified the proposal for the 12-team Super League and Championship competitions merging into three groups of eight towards the end of the season from 2015. Despite our reservations that the whole scheme hasn’t been properly thought through, we are now all going to have to accept that is how it is going ... Read More »

Diskin expects big things from Garreth Carvell

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Bradford Bulls captain Matt Diskin has backed new signing Garreth Carvell for glory in 2014. The 32-year-old joined the Odsal club from Warrington on a two-year deal in the summer and made his debut against former club Hull last week. Diskin is expecting big things from the club’s most exciting signing. “He is a fantastic player, with a great pedigree,” ... Read More »

Kevin Sinfield wants to carry on playing for England

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Kevin Sinfield says England’s heart-breaking World Cup exit has not forced him into international retirement. The 33-year-old Leeds Rhinos captain charged out to stop New Zealand’s Shaun Johnson in the dying seconds of their Wembley semi-final but let the halfback through to score the decisive points that sent England packing. No blame was assigned to Sinfield but he refused to ... Read More »

Challenge Cup gets underway this weekend

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South West London Chargers are looking to make Rugby League history on Saturday when they start their assault on the Challenge Cup. The club, which was formed a year ago from a merger of the South London Storm and West London Sharks, will take on Welsh champions Torfaen Tigers at Chiswick in the first round of the prestigious competition, in ... Read More »

Jamaican Intercollegiate Rugby League Championship off to a flyer

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The 2014 Jamaican Intercollegiate Rugby League Championship got off to a flying start. With six institutions vying for glory, defending champions Mico University College defeated University of Technology 40-8 with Fabion Turner running in a hat trick of tries. Last season’s runners up GC Foster College triumphed 40-18 against Portmore Community College, with prop Patrick Alexander scoring two tries on ... Read More »

Could Ukraine become the next Rugby League superpower?

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The Ukrainian Rugby League Federation (UFRL) has struck an agreement with authorities to include specific Rugby League content in the state’s 45 sports schools. The move follows Rugby League’s official recognition by the government in 2012 and has been described as a ‘major victory’ by the UFRL. Artur Martyrosyan, UFRL president, said: “For rugby league in the Ukraine this is ... Read More »

Saints chairman: Support Roby’s testimonial

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St Helens chairman Eamonn MacManus has urged fans to repay James Roby for his loyalty to the club by attending his testimonial match against Wigan at Langtree Park this Friday. The England hooker has spent his entire career with the Merseyside club, making 276 appearances and scoring 73 tries in the process. The 28-year-old also signed a contract extension recently ... Read More »

McCarthy-Scarsbrook extends Saints stay

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Two-time England representative Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook has extended his contract at St Helens. The utility forward put pen to paper on a deal that will see him remain at Langtree Park until the end of 2016. “I’ve been up here for a few years now and I’m settled,” the ex Harlequin said. “Saints are a great club who want to win ... Read More »

Luke Walsh to make Saints debut against Wigan

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Exciting new St Helens signing Luke Walsh will make his debut against Wigan in James Roby’s testimonial on Friday night. The scrum-half is one of four players who missed the Batley game last week to be picked in Nathan Brown’s squad for the game – Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook, Sia Soliola and Adam Swift will all run out. Read More »

Warrington Wolves name joint captains

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Ben Westwood and Michael Monaghan have been named joint club captains by Warrington for the 2014 season. England back-rower Westwood, 32, and Australian hooker Monaghan, 33, share the role Adrian Morley left behind when he moved to Salford. “Both are very highly respected players within our group,” said Wolves coach Tony Smith. “They both bring something a little different to ... Read More »

Jamie Peacock to retire at end of 2015

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Leeds Rhinos legend Jamie Peacock has signed a contract extension that will see him hang his boots up at the end of 2015. The 36-year-old signed a similar deal in March of 2012, hinting he would call time on his career at the end of 2014, but a superb 2013 saw him think again. He will be just weeks from ... Read More »

Rovers fans thankful for cash injection

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You could have excused Hull Kingston Rovers fans of being against renaming their ground the ‘KC Lighstream stadium’. Indeed, the Craven Park moniker has been used since 1922, and it holds a lot of heritage and memories, even if they have only been in their current stadium since 1989. Not only that, the fact bitter rivals Hull FC play in ... Read More »

Three inducted into Rugby League Roll of Honour

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Three new names have been added to the RFL’s prestigious Rugby League Roll of Honour. Natalie Gilmour, Ron Girvin, and Keith Burhouse were inducted on Sunday at the Rugby League Lions’ annual luncheon. The Roll of Honour now has 30 members. Natalie, sister of Castleford forward Lee Gilmour, was inducted for her role in developing women’s Rugby League. She has ... Read More »