Saturday, September 20, 2014
Rugby League News

Rugby League News

Leeds Rhinos win Social Media accolade

Leeds Rhinos winning the 2012 Grand Final. ©RLPhotos

Leeds Rhinos have been ranked as the fifth best professional sports club in the country in terms of how the club promotes itself via social media. In a report produced by the Sport Social Media Index, the Rhinos were ranked fifth in a ‘league table’ of 148 professional football clubs, rugby clubs of both codes and county cricket clubs in ... Read More »

Sam Thaiday loses Brisbane Broncos captaincy

Sam Thaiday. ©ActionPhotographics

Queensland Origin coach Mal Meninga claims Brisbane Broncos’ decision to strip their captaincy from Sam Thaiday could be a master stroke – even though Meninga knows the World Cup forward will be hurting emotionally. Thaiday agreed to hand over the leadership of the club last week to new co-captains Corey Parker and Justin Hodges. Coach Anthony Griffin told Thaiday a ... Read More »

Crucial week looms for RFL and Super League

The RFL and the Super League clubs are facing a crucial week that will determine the format and governance of the Super League competition for the foreseeable future. On Tuesday the Super League clubs will meet at Huddersfield’s John Smith’s Stadium to discuss the demand from a number of clubs that they are able to appoint their own chief executive, ... Read More »

Up front: When planning is at fault

It might be the off-season, with little being decided on the pitch in January, but this could turn out to be one of the most crucial weeks in the history of the modern game. Two meetings in the space of four days could establish the way Rugby League is to be structured over the coming years. The stakes couldn’t be ... Read More »

Rugby League given Irish recognition

Damien Blanch, playing in the RLWC2013 for Ireland. ©RLPhotos

Rugby League Ireland (RLI) has been recognised as a National Governing Body by the Irish Sports Council. The recognition allows the RLI to be able to apply for funding and to further develop the sport throughout Ireland. They are now also free to engage with the National Sports Campus Development Authority, the Federation of Irish Sports, local sports partnerships, and ... Read More »

Richie Blackmore wants Kiwis job

Richie Blackmore in his playing days. ©RLPhotos

Former Castleford Tigers and Leeds Rhinos centre Richie Blackmore is the latest big name to seek the role as the Kiwis’ next Test coach. The job became vacant after New Zealand’s big loss to Australia in the final of the recent World Cup. Current coach Stephen Kearney wants to continue in the job. And David Kidwell, the former Warrington Wolves ... Read More »

London Broncos sign Scott Moore

Scott Moore. ©RLPhotos

London Broncos have signed hooker Scott Moore from the North Queensland Cowboys. Moore, 25, was released from his contract at the NRL club half-way through a two-year deal that saw him make just six first-grade appearances. His career began with St Helens, where he made his Super League debut in 2004 as a 16-year-old, and has included spells at Castleford, ... Read More »

Garry Schofield: My 10 wishes for 2014


Happy New Year to all our readers! In order to celebrate the start of 2014, here are my wishes for the year. 1 I’d love to see Wigan go down under in February and win the World Club Challenge, as they did so superbly in 1994. On that occasion they were too good for an outstanding Brisbane Broncos side, but ... Read More »

Ian Watson takes Swinton Lions helm

Swinton Lions have 14 players training under Ian Watson, and the former Wales international is confident they will be competitive, despite the club’s recent troubles. Talks are taking place between the current owners and a consortium of local businessmen who are keen to take over the club. Watson has been kept up-to-date with the discussions, and for the last five ... Read More »

Freddy Fittler in fantasy league

Malcolm Andrews reacts to a story that Brad ‘Freddy’ Fittler will come out of retirement to play for Sydney Roosters in next month’s NRL Nines in Auckland… A happy New Year to all our devoted readers, although from reports filtering in from Old Blighty it has been a grim opening to 2014 – and I am not talking about your ... Read More »

Justin Poore’s amazing journey


For prop forward Justin Poore, who has made the relatively short journey from Wakefield Trinity Wildcats to Hull Kingston Rovers this winter, the new season cannot come soon enough. “I’m very excited and really happy to be at Hull KR because Sandy [coach Craig Sandercock] has given me a fair bit of responsibility,” Poore told League Express. “The professionalism is ... Read More »