Sunday, September 21, 2014
Rugby League News

Rugby League News

Douglas delight as record looms

Scotland Player of the Year Luke Douglas is hoping to be able to carry play again for the Bravehearts at the end of the 2014 and 2015 seasons. Douglas, as was reported in last week’s League Express, was chosen as the Scottish Player of the Year by the team’s coaching staff, and he has confirmed to League Express that he ... Read More »

Denis Betts pleased with Widnes Vikings preparation

Widnes Vikings coach Denis Betts is pleased with his side’s pre-season preparation and has praised the impact his new signings have made. The 44-year-old former Great Britain forward also hinted that more new blood could be on the horizon. “I’m pretty comfortable with the squad but I’m always looking to add to it,” he said. “That’s my job. The major ... Read More »

Wolves in Bulls’ clothing

Bradford Bulls have signed three young Warrington Wolves players on short-term loans for their pre-season fixtures. James Saltonstall, Joe Philbin and Tom Walker have all joined the Bulls on initial four-week contracts, and will continue to train full-time whilst Warrington partake in a three-week training camp in Australia. Bradford coach Francis Cummins says the youngsters will help to bolster numbers ... Read More »

Jamie Langley sees future at Hull KR

Jamie Langley. ©RLPhotos

Hull KR’s Jamie Langley is enjoying himself so much at his new club that he already wants to extend his stay. The 30 year-old signed a 12-month deal with the Robins after his release by Bradford Bulls, where he had previously spent his entire career. But he has been so impressed by what he has seen that he is already ... Read More »

Wire legend ‘Ockher’ passes away

Former Warrington Wolves kitman and groundsman Roy Aspinall, who was known by everybody as ‘Ockher’, has passed away at the age of 76. Aspinall was one of the game’s most colourful characters. Although he hailed from St Helens he had been connected with Warrington club for 42 years. Ockher was the head doorman at Wigan Casino before being brought to ... Read More »

Louis Anderson granted leave


Catalan Dragons expect Louis Anderson to be back with the club next month after granting the New Zealander a period of leave for family reasons. Anderson will miss two friendly games but is expected to return to Perpignan before the start of the 2014 Super League season. “Louis asked us to go back to his native country to be close ... Read More »

Brough and Cudjoe hit the ground running

Huddersfield Giants skipper Danny Brough and centre Leroy Cudjoe have made a quick start to pre-season, after joining back up with the rest of the squad last week. Both players played major roles in the World Cup, for Scotland and England respectively. Brough was instrumental in leading the Bravehearts to the quarter-final with New Zealand, whilst Cudjoe played in every ... Read More »

Dr Marwan Koukash calls for greater support

Dr Marwan Koukash. ©RLphotos

Salford Red Devils Chairman Marwan Koukash admits he disappointed by the lukewarm response by the people of Salford in buying season tickets for the 2014 season. Koukash has renamed the former Salford City Reds and has signed 14 new players. The players and coaching staff are currently undergoing three weeks of warm-weather training in South Africa. “I have certainly delivered ... Read More »

Tigers boss sticking with it

Castleford Tigers chief executive Steve Gill has revealed that he will be continuing in his role for a further 12 months. Gill had initially only signed up to the job for 2013, and there were rumours that he might departing the club. But he revealed last week that he will be staying on for the upcoming season. In an emotional ... Read More »

Penrith Panthers eye Tasmanian base

Penrith Panthers celebrating Grand Final success in 2006. ©ActionPhotographics

Penrith Panthers chiefs say they are considering staging home games in the Australian Rules-mad Tasmanian capital of Hobart. This follows last week’s news that the club will stage one match a season for the next five years at Bathurst in the central-west of New South Wales. Penrith chief executive Warren Wilson says matches in Hobart and across the Tasman Sea ... Read More »

Jimmy Keinhorst keen on Wildcats

Jimmy Keinhorst. ©RLPhotos

Leeds Rhinos players Jimmy Keinhorst and Luke Briscoe have both signed one-year loan agreements with Wakefield Trinity Wildcats. Keinhorst, 23, and Briscoe, 19, have linked up with Trinity in a bid to land themselves regular first-team action as the Wildcats look to rebuild following a host of off-season departures. Keinhorst made nine appearances for the Rhinos in Super League last ... Read More »

Head coach or coaching team wanted at Ulverston

Cumbrian club Ulverston ARLFC are looking to hire a new Head Coach or Coaching Team to take them forward into the 2014-15 season and beyond. They said in a statement: “We are a young up and coming team, recently gaining three promotions in three consecutive years and are currently in the NWML Premier Division. We are a friendly club with ... Read More »

Menzies wants spot in Auckland Nines


Just four months since retiring, after a final stint with Catalan Dragons, Steve Menzies has become the latest veteran who wants to play in the Auckland Nines. Former Australian Test captain Brad Fittler led the charge – announcing he was going to sign with the Sydney Roosters on a $1 contract so he could have one last hurrah in the ... Read More »

Gareth Ellis has a fresh focus

Gareth Ellis. ©RLPhotos

Hull FC have announced that former Wakefield, Leeds and Wests Tigers star Gareth Ellis will continue as their captain for the 2014 season. Ellis took the role at the beginning of the last campaign, but his season was hampered by an injury he suffered in the warm-up at Headingley before the Black and Whites’ first game of the season. After ... Read More »