Wednesday, October 1, 2014
Rugby League News

Rugby League News

Grass Roots: Some cracking Challenge Cup ties this weekend

Tetley's Challenge Cup

The start of the 2014 Tetley’s Challenge Cup is just a few days away now and I’m aware that my coverage of the competition so far, at least regarding the opening rounds, has been to a degree negative. That, in truth, has been largely unavoidable given the shameful way in which Sharlston Rovers in particular have been treated by not ... Read More »

Hardaker is a good egg, says McDermott


Leeds Rhinos coach Brian McDermott has praised Zak Hardaker for the way he took the disciplinary action that resulted from his behaviour at the World Cup. The young full-back was sent home from the competition by England coach Steve McNamara and was fined by the Rhinos on his return. “He’s had a bit of a controversial offseason with what happened ... Read More »

Super League 2014: My tips for success

Shaun Wane. ©JoeWhitley

Here are the rest of my 2014 Super League season predictions, which I started in yesterday’s column (click to read Schoey’s relegation predictions). 7 Hull FC New coach Lee Radford will improve things in my opinion because he’ll bring back the passion for the shirt, which has been missing for a while. I think we’ve seen the back of some ... Read More »

Rob Burrow: Rhinos are more determined than ever

Rob Burrow. ©RLPhotos

Leeds Rhinos scrum-half Rob Burrow says he and his team-mates are more determined than ever to win some silverware this season. The West Yorkshire club had only their second trophy-less campaign in seven years in 2013. Burrow says it has ignited a hunger in all of them. “We’re more determined than ever,” said the England and Great Britain international. “Of ... Read More »

Lee Mossop to miss chunk of first NRL season

Former Wigan star Lee Mossop will play for Parramatta Eels in 2014. ©RLPhotos

Lee Mossop has revealed he is to miss the first nine games of the 2014 NRL season with a shoulder injury. The former Wigan back-rower, who joined Parramatta Eels in the summer, has been carrying the injury for two years but was advised by his new coaching team to undergo surgery immediately. “When I realised I was signing for Parramatta, ... Read More »

Rhinos to take on London at full strength

Rhinos prop Ryan Bailey, now in his 13th season at Leeds. ©RLphotos

Leeds Rhinos coach Brian McDermott has named a full-strength squad for Ryan Bailey’s testimonial match against London Broncos on Friday night. The lineup features no less than seven of England’s World Cup squad, including new signing Tom Briscoe, who will make his debut in front of a home crowd. Bailey starts at prop for his testimonial game as he kicks ... Read More »

Rabbitohs leading way in NRL membership drive


The NRL membership drive is in full flow and South Sydney Rabbitohs are currently topping the table. Working in a vaguely similar way to season tickets over here, NRL memberships allow fans to reserve seats at the stadium, gain entry into a some home or away games, and can guarantee access to popular games, such as the Finals Series and ... Read More »

Koukash and co want independent CEO

Dr Marwan Koukash. ©RLphotos

The six Super League clubs who voted against the competition’s restructure are pushing for an independent CEO to be appointed for the 2015 season. Hull Kingston Rovers, Salford Red Devils and Hull FC are among the clubs said to be unhappy with how the game is currently operated. Outspoken Salford owner Dr Marwan Koukash said: “The salary cap is only ... Read More »

Who will get relegated from Super League in 2014?


The most exciting (and straightforward!) part of the new Super League restructure has got to be the re-introduction of promotion and relegation. Not only will it improve the quality and intensity of the Rugby League on show, it also allows us to make predictions on who will be in with a shout of going down at the end of the ... Read More »

Oldham and Keighley youngsters to do battle


Oldham and Keighley’s U20 teams are to lock horns in a pre-season friendly on February 12. With new coach Neil Roden at the helm, Oldham are hoping to showcase their best young talent, including forwards Aaron Hall, Rhys Wareing and Rob Ball. New boy Tom Dempsey, 17, will also be on show after spending time on Wigan Warriors’ books. As ... Read More »

Brett Delaney: Show up for Ryan Bailey’s testimonial


Leeds Rhinos back-rower Brett Delaney believes Ryan Bailey deserves a big turn-out for his testimonial game against London Broncos this Friday night. The 28-year-old Australian, who lives with the English prop, believes the 13 years of service Bailey has under his belt warrants a bumper crowd. He also revealed he has a softer side. “Everyone thinks he is some big ... Read More »