Sunday, September 21, 2014
Rugby League News

Rugby League News

Lee Radford hails Gareth Ellis impact

Gareth Ellis is set to complete his first full pre-season for over a decade, and Hull coach Lee Radford believes it is not only the 32-year-old who will reap the rewards. Injuries and international representation have hampered the second-rower’s preparation in recent years. “It’s Gareth’s first pre-season for something like ten years and, as he will tell you himself, he ... Read More »

Castleford Tigers in the driving seat

Carney

Although some of the Castleford squad have had a run out with a game against Halifax on Boxing Day, one man who is chomping at the bit for the season to start is winger Justin Carney. “I’m pretty much sick of just training now and want to get on with the season,” said Carney, who did not figure against Halifax. ... Read More »

Salford Red Devils head for the heat

Salford Red Devils flew out to South Africa at the end of last week for an 18-day training camp as head coach Brian Noble attempts to create a winning formula for his newly assembled squad. The Reds squad will be based at the High Performance Centre at Ingwenyama near Pretoria, which was originally constructed to host the 2010 FIFA World ... Read More »

London Broncos making steady progress

London Broncos

London Broncos insist that they are making progress with player signings from both this country and overseas, but that they are still waiting for visas and other paperwork to be put in place before they can announce any signings. “We have some players lined up, but we don’t want to announce anything until we have visas organised, And the Christmas ... Read More »

Readers’ poll: The best players, coaches and teams of 2013

Wigan won team of the year. ©RLphotos

SUPER LEAGUE Player of the year Danny Brough 52.5% Sam Tomkins 19% Jamie Peacock 15% Stefan Ratchford 7.5% Danny Kirmond 6% Young Player of the year Liam Sutcliffe 22% Adam Swift 21% Ben Currie 21% Jamie Shaul 20% Theo Fages 16% Mature Player of the year Jamie Peacock 50.5% Mickey Higham 31.5% Francis Meli 8% Jon Clarke 5% Ali Lauititi ... Read More »

All change for Batley Bulldogs

Batley Buldogs coach John Kear is set to name a noticeably different side to the team that secured the Boxing Day win over Dewsbury when his side faces Halifax on Sunday. Kear will not have access to the five Huddersfield dual-registration players that featured against the Rams, as they will spend this week on a pre-season Giants camp in Portugal ... Read More »

Larne Patrick on Wigan’s radar

Wigan Warriors made an informal inquiry about Huddersfield Giants backrow forward Larne Patrick several months ago, but it didn’t go any further. However, some reports have again linked the Warriors with Patrick, although neither Wigan nor Huddersfield claim that they are in negotiations, with neither side claiming to be aware of any impending deal. Patrick, 25, has travelled to Portugal ... Read More »

Jimmy Keinhorst loaned to Wildcats

Richard Agar. ©RLphotos

Wakefield Trinity Wildcats hope to finalise a deal to bring Leeds’ centre Jimmy Keinhorst to the Rapid Solicitors Stadium this week. It is understood the 23-year-old German international, who played his fourth first-grade game in the Rhinos’ 35-18 defeat by Warrington at Wembley in 2012, will join the Wildcats on a season-long loan with no recall. Meanwhile, the Wildcats are ... Read More »

Liam Sutcliffe aiming to build on 2013

Sutcliffe

Leeds Rhinos stand-off Liam Sutcliffe knows he has a battle on his hands if he is to build on his 18 Super League appearances in 2013. The 19-year-old was handed his debut against St Helens last May and then kept hold of his spot in Brian McDermott’s side until the end of the season. For most of that time Sutcliffe ... Read More »

Tetley’s Challenge Cup draw produces compelling ties

The enduring appeal of Rugby League’s oldest and most prestigious competition, the Tetley’s Challenge Cup was highlighted on Wednesday night (January 8) when the first round draw was conducted live on BBC radio. Forty four clubs will begin the journey that concludes with the final at Wembley on Saturday August 23 when they contest an compelling first round over the ... Read More »

Alex Walmsley thrilled with reader award

Alex Walmsley. ©RLPhotos

Alex Walmsley was flattered to be voted the best Super League newcomer in 2013 by League Express readers. The 23-year-old St Helens star had a superb debut season after joining from Batley Bulldogs, playing 26 times and scoring four tries. He won over 40 per cent of the final vote, and was named third best prop in the league behind ... Read More »

Off the field interview: Craig Huby

Huby

Castleford Tigers star CRAIG HUBY speaks to JOE WHITLEY about his life away from the pitch… What is your favourite food? I’d probably have to say a curry. I like a Tikka Massala, with naan breads, poppadoms – everything, the full mashings. I can only drink water with it. What song do you listen to more than any other? Right ... Read More »