Thursday, September 18, 2014
Rugby League News

Rugby League News

Galea chomping at the bit at Widnes

Australian back-rower Danny Galea has finally met up with his new Widnes team-mates, and can’t wait to get started. The 29-year-old signed from Canterbury Bulldogs in August but had to wait until late October for his contract to expire. Last week he was introduced to his team-mates and club staff, and shown around the Select Security Stadium. “I’m really excited ... Read More »

Matty Russell Wolves’ first-choice full-back

Scotland international Matthew Russell looks set to become Warrington’s first-choice sweeper in 2014 after it was announced he was handed the club’s number one jersey. When Hodgson, nearly 36, was released from his Wolves contract, many anticipated the versatile Stefan Ratchford to slot in at full-back. However, the retirement of Lee Briers allowed the 25-year-old to take over at stand-off ... Read More »

Aussie legends come to Craven Park

Hull KR are hosting an evening with two of Australia’s all-time great half-backs. Brad Fittler and Andrew Johns have over 80 Australian caps between them and over 3,000 points in the NRL. On November 28, the legends will be sharing their experiences and stories with supporters. There will be a chance for fans to ask questions and the pair will ... Read More »

Hull sign Rabbitoh winger

Hull FC have confirmed the signing of former South Sydney Rabbitohs winger Fetuli Talanoa on a one-year-deal. The Tongan flyer joins the black and whites with an option for 2015, having taken a season out of the game last year whilst he recovered from a life-threatening bout of pneumonia. Standing at six feet tall and weighing almost 16 stone, the ... Read More »

Giants reveal 2014 squad numbers

Table-toppers Huddersfield Giants have announced their squad numbers for the 2014 season, and there is little in the way of surprise. Indeed, influential half-backs Luke Robinson and Danny Brough retain first-team places, as do World Cup stars Leroy Cudjoe and Brett Ferres. The squad numbers in full: 1 Scott Grix 2 Jermaine McGillvary 3 Leroy Cudjoe 4 Joe Wardle 5 ... Read More »

Castleford appoint club chaplain

Castleford Tigers have announced the appointment of Paul Howell as club chaplain. A pastor at Christchurch at nearby Xscape, Paul’s role will involve building relationships and offering spiritual support to help those associated with the club through ‘the challenges of life’. “I am looking forward to the challenge of being Club Chaplain to Castleford Tigers,” said Howell/. “I will be ... Read More »

Bulls re-sign academy product

Bradford Bulls have announced the re-signing of 19-year-old academy product Sam Wood, who penned a three-year-deal. Wood made three Super League appearances in 2013 and has agreed to a contract that ties him to the Bulls until the end of the 2016 season. The young three-quarter made a try-scoring debut for Bradford in their big win over Rochdale in the ... Read More »

Oxford captain re-signs for 2014

Oxford RL have announced that club captain Alex Thompson has signed up again for 2014. Thompson who plays loose forward or hooker made 12 appearances for the club last season, scoring 3 tries and kicking 1 goal after his move from Oldham. On agreeing his future with the club, Thompson said, “I’m really happy to be resigning with Oxford, I ... Read More »

Barthau proud of French resistance

William Barthau is proud of the resilience that his team showed in their Rugby League World Cup 2013 Group B campaign, as France look ahead to their Quarter-Final tie with England at the DW Stadium, Wigan, on Saturday (8.00pm). Pooled in a tough group alongside Papua New Guinea, Samoa and defending World Cup champions New Zealand, France qualified for the ... Read More »

Kangaroos tweak game in bid to jump into semis

James Tamou has been impressed with the USA’s extraordinary journey through Rugby League World Cup 2013, though is looking to bring it to an end when Australia face the Tomahawks in their Quarter-Final clash at the Glyndwr Racecourse Ground, Wrexham, on Saturday (1.00pm). Beating the likes of France in their warm-up match and the Cook Islands and Wales in RLWC2013, ... Read More »

Charnley and Roby return for England

England have made two changes to the 19-man squad they selected against Fiji for Saturday’s Rugby League World Cup 2013 quarter-final against France at the DW Stadium, Wigan (8.00pm). Wigan Warriors winger Josh Charnley and St Helens hooker James Roby both return to the squad in place of Hull FC’s Tom Briscoe and Carl Ablett of Leeds Rhinos. Charnley, who ... Read More »

England benefit from French foresight

Carl Ablett believes that the England squad’s regular meetings with France’s players in domestic competition will help their preparations ahead of the Rugby League World Cup 2013 Quarter-Final clash at the DW Stadium, Wigan, on Saturday (8.00pm). The French squad has a strong Catalan Dragons contingent and Ablett says that it will help England know what to expect from their ... Read More »

USA continue their extraordinary journey

Tui Samoa wants his USA team to look at their next match as “just another game” as the Tomahawks look to cause the biggest upset in Rugby League World Cup history when they take on the world’s most decorated nation, Australia, at The Glyndwr University Racecourse Ground, Wrexham, on Saturday (2.30pm). Terry Matterson’s side is planning to prolong their extraordinary ... Read More »

England thriving in knockout conditions

Tom Briscoe believes that the knockout stages of Rugby League World Cup 2013 will bring out the best in England as they prepare for their quarter-final against France at the DW Stadium, Wigan, on Saturday (8.00pm). After qualifying for the last eight with a strong performance in defeat to Australia and two impressive victories over Ireland and Fiji, Briscoe feels ... Read More »