Thursday, August 28, 2014
Rugby League News

Rugby League News

Exciting Hull youngster joins London on loan

James Cunningham, 20, is one of the best young hookers in the game right now. ©RLphotos

One of Hull FC’s most exciting youngsters has joined London Broncos on loan for the 2014 season. James Cunningham, 19, is a product of the Airlie Birds’ academy and is recognised as one of their strongest young players. Indeed, while reporting on Hull’s pre-season encounter with Doncaster a few weeks ago I awarded the hooker man of the match due ... Read More »

Shaun Wane close to signing contract extension


Wigan Warriors head coach Shaun Wane hinted that he has verbally agreed to a contract extension with the Super League champions. The 49-year-old’s current deal runs out at the end of this season and there has been heavy speculation about a move to New Zealand Warriors in the NRL. Speaking at Wigan’s media day in Orrell, Wane denied a move ... Read More »

Rhinos squad for Hunslet friendly announced


A mix of experience and youth has been assembled for Leeds Rhinos’ trip south of the river on Sunday to face Hunslet in the traditional Leeds Brewery Lazenby Cup clash. Competition for places in the squad that lines up at Hull KR on the season’s opening day is hotting up. Grand Final winners Kylie Leuluai and Ryan Bailey start in ... Read More »

Saints chief backs new-look league plans

St Helens have stated their strong conviction that the newly agreed league structure, to be adopted in 2015, will benefit supporters, players, clubs and the wider game alike and will lead to a new era of sporting excitement and financial stability and prosperity for the game at all levels. St.Helens Chairman, Eamonn McManus said, “We have been wholly supportive of ... Read More »

Supporters Trust make first investment in Robins

The Hull Kingston Rovers Supporters Trust have made their first investment in the Robins after purchasing 10,000 club shares. Formed last April, the Trust have spent the past few months establishing themselves and now boast over 200 members. During that time, they’ve also undertaken a fair amount of fundraising and it’s from those monies that the shares have been purchased ... Read More »

Kiwis officially advertise Head Coach position


New Zealand Rugby League have formally advertised the position of Head Coach, which was previously held by Stephen Kearney, whose contract expired after the World Cup last year. The incumbent, who guided the Kiwis to 2008 World Cup glory, will re-apply for the position. Anyone else wishing to do so has until January 31. “We have a big year in ... Read More »

Energy supplier revealed as new headline sponsor of Super League


Super League have announced they have secured a lucrative headline sponsorship deal for the next three seasons. In a refreshing change from last season’s sponsor-less season, and the infamous Eddie Stobart deal before that, in which lorry-side advertising was swapped for the title, with no money changing hands, independent energy supplier First:Utility have laid down a rumoured £750,000 a year. ... Read More »

Is peace breaking out?

It might go down in history as the ‘Langtree Park Agreement’, after the 14 Super League clubs finally backed the RFL’s plans to introduce the ‘two x 12s go into three eights’ league structure. A little bit like the Munich Agreement of 1938 some cynics might observe, but nevertheless the six Super League clubs, six of the biggest and most ... Read More »

Letter of the week: The Wigan factor

Wigan fans. ©RLphotos

I have looked at attendance figures for Super League season 2013 and I have been interested in how a club’s attendance changes when Wigan visit each club. Friendlies, cup matches, Magic Weekend games and end of season play-offs have not been included, so this leaves the 13 home games played by each team, ie 12 home games together with one ... Read More »

Championship preview: Workington hoping for World Cup boost


Workington Town head coach Gary Charlton explains to Paul English why his club is heading in the right direction in the Championship in 2014… Workington Town will look to add to their squad as they continue their preparations for the new season. Town issued their squad numbers at the weekend with the list containing just 20 names and numbers. “We ... Read More »

Super League to feature 12 teams from 2015

Super League will become a 12-team competition from 2015 after the 14 member clubs today backed plans to introduce an innovative new league structure. From next year, Rugby League’s elite competition will feature 12 clubs alongside a 12-team Championship that splits into three groups of eight. At a meeting in St Helens, the clubs voted unanimously to return promotion and ... Read More »

When 17 is your lucky number

Legendary full-back Paul Wellens. ©RLPhotos

St Helens star Paul Wellens will be going into his seventeenth Super League season in 2014. The Saints fullback made his debut in 1998, but this season he will find himself reverting to a shirt that he last wore in the year 2000. Back then Wellens wore shirt number 17, before he took over the number 1 shirt from Paul ... Read More »