Thursday, October 23, 2014
Rugby League News

Rugby League News

Championship preview: Doncaster v Dewsbury Rams


Sunday, 3.00pm at Keepmoat Stadium Two of the form sides in the division meet at the Keepmoat with third-placed Doncaster and the Rams – one place ahead of their Yorkshire rivals in the league table – both unbeaten after two rounds of the Kingstone Press Championship. Doncaster coach Paul Cooke remains without injured pair Brett Waller and Lee Waterman, while ... Read More »

Championship preview: North Wales Crusaders v Featherstone Rovers

North Wales' Rob Massam. ©PaulEnglish/LeagueExpress

Sunday, 2.30pm at Glyndwr University Racecourse Stadium North Wales Crusaders have injury doubts over Gary Middlehurst (knee) and Rob Massam (ankle) and whilst both are rated as doubtful coach Clive Griffiths is keeping his fingers crossed. “Gary’s got more chance than Rob,” said Griffiths. “We go into this home game as firm underdogs, and when can we have said that ... Read More »

Championship preview: Sheffield Eagles v Barrow Raiders


Sunday 2 March 2.00pm at Owlerton Stadium Sheffield Eagles make their home bow at Owlerton Stadium – their scheduled opener against Rochdale being a victim of the winter’s heavy rainfall – against a Barrow side who sit at the foot of the Championship table. The Eagles started their campaign with a 30-16 win at Swinton on Sunday with coach Mark ... Read More »

Match preview: Hull Kingston Rovers V Castleford Tigers

Kirk Dixon and Dave Hodgson lock horns in 2013. ©RLPhotos

Friday February 28, 8pm, Sky Sports 1 Table toppers Castleford will be looking to continue in their rich vein of form when they visit the KC Lightstream stadium tomorrow night. They are without Jordan Tansey, who was injured by a Julian Bosquet cannonball tackle last week, but experienced Australian Luke Dorn comes in to replace him. The Rovers are without ... Read More »

Castleford Tigers explain marquee rejection

Craig Huby, one of Castleford's longest serving players. ©RLPhotos

Castleford Tigers have released a statement explaining why they voted against Dr Marwan Koukash’s proposal to introduce a marquee player allowance in Super League’s salary cap rules. Only five clubs (including Koukash’s Salford) voted in favour. Here’s why Castleford didn’t say yes to it. “Although we are not against the idea in principle, we felt that the timing was not ... Read More »

Match preview: Salford Red Devils V St Helens

Martin Gleeson taking on Jonny Lomax in this fixture last year. ©RLPhotos

Tonight’s north-west derby is possibly the most tantalising fixture of the week. Indeed, St Helens seem to be firing on all cylinders with the introduction of superb scrum-half Luke Walsh, while Salford have 14 new players, most of whom are internationals, and are looking to reach the top of Super League for the first time ever. The squads St Helens ... Read More »

Dates for the diary: This week’s Rugby League fixtures


Wednesday February 26 Championship Under-20 Leigh Centurions v Featherstone Rovers 7.30 Thursday February 27 First Utility Super League Salford Red Devils v St Helens 8.00 Sky Sports Academy Under-19 Salford Red Devils U19s v St Helens 5.30 Championship Under-20 Keighley Cougars v Sheffield Eagles 8.00 Friday February 28 First Utility Super League Catalan Dragons v Leeds Rhinos 8.00 Hull KR ... Read More »

Brooker checks in at Oxford


Oxford Rugby League have strengthened their squad with the signing of 24 year old centre Marcus Brooker. Brooker played for the Gloucestershire All Golds last year in their debut season in Kingstone Press Championship One and went on to make five appearances scoring two tries in the process. He also played for the Bristol Sonics and has representative honours with ... Read More »

Koukash’s marquee player idea rejected

Dr Marwan Koukash. ©RLphotos

Super League clubs have rejected Salford Red Devils owner Dr Marwan Koukash’s idea of introducing a marquee player rule in the competition. Only Wigan, Leeds, Widnes and Warrington voted in favour alongside the Salford club. “Super League clubs voted against the introduction of marquee players,” Koukash revealed on his Twitter account. Koukash wanted to introduce the marquee player in a ... Read More »

What’s on this week: Rugby League on TV and radio


Wednesday February 26 Boots ‘N’ All – 6pm, Sky Sports 2 & 8pm, Sky Sports 3 Eddie Hemmings with guests Phil Clarke and Paul Cullen All the latest rugby league news and views Thursday February 27 Live Super League: Salford Red Devils v St Helens – 7.30pm, Sky Sports 1 Eddie Hemmings, Mike Stephenson, Phil Clarke, Brian Carney, Barrie McDermott ... Read More »

Stats man: The week in numbers

I don't always smash keyboards. Only when the London Broncos lose.

Some say I’m a numerical genius, others a wizard with figures. Whatever way you look at it, all the key Rugby League stats you need to know at any given time will be in my new weekly column. My name is Stats Man and it’s a pleasure to meet you… Follow TotalRL on Twitter to be the first to know ... Read More »