Thursday, October 2, 2014
Rugby League News

Rugby League News

Salford to take on Sale in cross-code challenge


Salford Red Devils are to take part in a cross-code challenge match against Sale Sharks at the AJ Bell Stadium, the home ground of both teams, on 26th August. The match which aims to raise funds for two charitable organisations, The Prince’s Trust and Maggie’s, will be played with one half under rugby union rules and one half under Rugby ... Read More »

Paul Clough joins Vikings

Paul Clough

Widnes Vikings have signed Paul Clough from St Helens on a season long loan. The prop forward makes the move immediately to link up with Denis Betts’ squad ahead of the Vikings’ next Super League clash with Huddersfield Giants on Friday, 28 February. The 26-year-old has appeared 189 times for Saints since making his debut against Hull FC in 2005, ... Read More »

Mullalley agrees Bulls loan move

Anthony Mullally

Bradford Bulls have signed 22 year old Ireland international Anthony Mullally on a one-month loan deal from Huddersfield Giants. The Lancashire-born forward is in contention for Thursday night’s trip to Wakefield Trinity Wildcats. The former Widnes talent, who impressed while on World Cup duty for Mark Aston’s Ireland last year, is hoping to make a big impact at The Provident ... Read More »

East Leeds take the Easy Road to Wembley

Tetley's Challenge Cup

East Leeds will be hoping to repeat last season’s Tetley’s Challenge Cup exploits by getting through to the third round of Rugby League’s oldest and most prestigious competition when they play ‘local’ rivals Leeds Metropolitan University on Saturday (2.00pm). The second round tie marks East Leeds’s debut at their new home, Richmond Hill on Easy Road in Leeds and captain ... Read More »

2017 Rugby League World Cup announcement due

Rugby League World Cup

The Rugby League International Federation has confirmed that the host of the next Rugby League World Cup tournament, to be held in 2017, will be announced on Wednesday February 19. Two bids to host the tournament were put forward: one from South Africa and a joint bid from Australia and New Zealand. The announcement will be made on the RLIF ... Read More »

Dewsbury Rams in awards spotlight

Kingstone Press Championship

Dewsbury Rams half-back Anthony Thackeray is the first Kingstone Press Championship Player of the Week for 2014. Thackeray marked his debut for the club with a try and the decisive drop goal in their one-point win over Featherstone Rovers. The team display also earned the Rams the Kingstone Press Performance of the Week, while Kevin Penny’s length-of-the-field try at Halifax ... Read More »

Wigan injury blow ahead of World Club Challenge


Wigan half back or hooker Sam Powell has been ruled out of Saturday’s World Club Challenge after sustaining an ankle injury in training. An initial diagnosis has ruled him out of the game with Sydney Roosters whilst the full extent of the injury will be investigated by Wigan’s specialists on their return to the UK next week. Powell, who developed ... Read More »

Time to stop and think about Nines

9s RL is beginning to spread across the world!

  So how good did the Auckland Nines turn out to be? If unpredictability is a prerequisite of a tournament, we certainly got it as North Queensland Cowboys won their first ever bit of silverware, beating Brisbane Broncos in an all-Queensland final. If speed and skill is another important ingredient for a sporting contest, the weekend had it in spades, ... Read More »

Scoreboard: This week’s Rugby League results


In-depth, detailed reports of all these matches can be found in tomorrow’s League Express newspaper, available online at midnight tonight, and in all good newsagents tomorrow morning. Super League XIX Round One Warrington Wolves 8-38 St Helens (Thursday) Hull FC 36-34 Catalan Dragons (Friday) Hull Kingston Rovers 6-34 Leeds Rhinos Salford Red Devils 18-14 Wakefield T Wildcats Bradford Bulls 18-36 ... Read More »

Tomkins makes fine debut for New Zealand Warriors

9s RL is beginning to spread across the world!

Tomkins set up a try with his very first touch for New Zealand Warriors in this weekend’s inaugural Auckland Nines tournament. The England full-back starred for his new team in the new and exciting competition and linked particularly well with Kiwi half-back Shaun Johnson. Indeed, New Zealand legend Stacey Jones thinks they’re going to give NRL defences a real headache ... Read More »

Nick Scruton: I’m not going anywhere

Nick Scruton. ©RLPhotos

Strong rumours linking Bradford Bulls prop Nick Scruton with a move away from the Provident Stadium were quashed last night. The 29-year-old took to his Twitter account to assure a worried fan that he was not, as reports suggested, set to follow half-back Jarrod Sammut to Wakefield Trinity Wildcats. The news will be comforting for the Bulls who have already ... Read More »

Kiwis keep Kearney as coach

Stephen Kearney. ©RLPhotos

Stephen Kearney has been re-appointed as head coach of the New Zealand national team. The 41-year-old, who guided the Kiwis to World Cup glory in 2008, was out of contract at the end of 2013 and was thus forced to re-apply for the post, which was opened up to anyone interested. He was named as one of four shortlisted candidates ... Read More »

Jarrod Sammut walks out on Bradford Bulls


Jarrod Sammut has become the latest high-profile player to walk out on the Bradford Bulls. The Malta international, who scored 45 tries in 70 Bulls appearances, has joined Wakefield Wildcats on a two-year deal after asking to be released from his contract. Garreth Carvell also turned his back on the Odsal outfit this week when he re-signed for Hull FC. ... Read More »

Super League preview: Hull KR v Leeds Rhinos

Ryan Hall taking the ball in against Hull KR. ©RLPhotos

Brian McDermott has almost a full-strength squad to pick from ahead of Sunday’s clash with Hull KR. Ian Kirke, Jamie Jones-Buchanan and Andy Yates are the only casualties, while new signings Paul Aiton and Tom Briscoe are both aiming to make their competitive debuts. The weather forecast is poor for the clash, which takes place at the newly-named KC Lightstream ... Read More »

Rugby League to be part of Commonwealth Games


The lead up to the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow will feature Rugby League as an exhibition sport, with an U19s 9s Championship involving five of the six Commonwealth Regions. The Rugby League Commonwealth Championship 2014 will be contested by South Africa, Canada, Jamaica, England, Scotland, Wales, Australia and Papua New Guinea, with the teams split into two groups. The matches ... Read More »