Thursday, October 23, 2014
Rugby League News

Rugby League News

Saints poised to blood more youngsters against Leeds


St Helens have called up two more academy prospects into their matchday squad to face Leeds, as Nathan Brown continues to do it tough with injuries and suspensions. The Saints lost Kyle Amor to a suspension this week after his tackle on Wakefield’s Matt Ryan, and Brown has called up youngsters Lewis Charnock and Andre Savelio. Charnock appeared twice for ... Read More »

Catalan make two changes for Wigan clash


Catalan have lost two more players to injury ahead of this weekend’s clash with Wigan, as Laurent Fraysinnous makes two changes to his 19-man squad. Forwards Jason Baitieri and Elliott Whitehead – the latter an influential figure in Catalan’s victory over Huddersfield – have been forced to miss the game due to injuries picked up in last Saturday’s game. They ... Read More »

Sam Burgess’ World Cup hopes fading

Sam Burgess. ©RLPhotos

Sam Burgess’ chances of playing international rugby in his first union season took a knock today, after it was revealed the RFU have refused to contribute financially to his South Sydney-to-Bath transfer. England’s governing body was expected to pay nearly £300,000 towards his fee as they wanted the 25-year-old to be the national side’s hard-running inside centre in next year’s ... Read More »

Podcast: A Back for the Future #RLDS


Listen to the Rugby League Down South podcast by Ian Ramsdale every week on Click here to download the Rugby League Down South podcast from iTunes What’s on the podcast this week? 01.00 Latest young London Broncos star ILIESS MACANI, after impressing at Leeds. 11.30 Former LONDON prop, DANNY WARD – who is now the BRONOCS’ u19s coach. 24.00 ... Read More »

Time for players to exercise some muscle


I was interested to read an article last week about the newly-elected NFL Players Association (NFLPA) president Eric Winston. Winston has been a gridiron player for many years, and now he will lead the players in their dealings with that sport’s governing body. His first duty is to represent the players in responding to an NFL proposal to increase the ... Read More »

Marc Green completes Bradford Bulls takeover

Steve Ferres (left) and Marc Green (right). ©BradfordBulls

Marc Green, managing director of Leeds-based Safeguard Security Group, has been officially unveiled as the new owner of Bradford Bulls. The 48-year-old acquired the club having agreed a fee and terms with the administrator, which was later ratified by the sport’s governing body, the Rugby Football League (RFL). Green, whose bid was approved yesterday as the successful one, this morning ... Read More »

RFL respond to match review panel criticism


The Rugby Football League (RFL) have hit back at critics of their match review panel in a statement released to the media. Hull KR chairman Neil Hudgell, Huddersfield Giants coach Paul Anderson, and Hull FC chairman Adam Pearson have all criticised the system, which they claim is inconsistent, in the past few days. In response, RFL Director of Standards and ... Read More »

London Broncos CEO Gus Mackay steps down

Gus Mackay. ©RLPhotos

London Broncos have announced the departure of CEO Gus Mackay, who has been with the club for over three years. “It was difficult decision personally but the right one in the interests of the club,” said Mackay, who will officially leave the club at the end of the month. “In some ways the biggest achievement has come in the last ... Read More »

Delaney was a walking ball of pain, says McDermott


Leeds Rhinos coach Brian McDermott claims he had no choice but to leave forward Brett Delaney out of the side that defeated London on Friday night. Delaney was left battered and bruised following the win over Widnes the previous week and, as much as McDermott admires the 28-year-old and his style of play, the coach knows that a rest was ... Read More »

Give Broncos time to gel, pleads Farrar

London Broncos' Ben Farrar. ©RLPhotos

London Broncos utility-back Ben Farrar believes the Broncos need more time to gel as a team after suffering another heavy defeat in Super League. The Broncos were thrashed 54-6 last Friday by Leeds at Headingley Carnegie Stadium, recording their sixth loss of the season. The Rhinos rushed to a 34-0 half-time lead and piled on another 20 points in the ... Read More »

Relegation not on Catalans’ radar, says Oldfield


Catalan winger Michael Oldfield says the club is not concerned about relegation after posting its first win after five losses in as many games at the weekend, and he is confident the Dragons players will now turn their season around. Oldfield, who joined the Dragons from the NRL’s Sydney Roosters, is in his first season in Super League. The 23-year ... Read More »

Challenge Cup still matters for Mathers and Wakefield


Wakefield full-back Richard Mathers insists the Challenge Cup is still “massive”, despite the threat of relegation hanging over the Wildcats’ heads this season. Mathers, who has won the Cup twice previously with Warrington in 2009 and 2010, is desperate to lift the trophy with his current Wakefield team-mates. “I’ve got some fantastic memories of playing in the Challenge Cup, and ... Read More »