Tuesday, October 21, 2014
Rugby League News

Rugby League News

Mose Masoe can’t wait to get involved

Mose Masoe in action for Samoa at the 2013 World Cup. ©RLPhotos

Samoan St Helens prop Mose Masoe can’t wait to get his Super League career underway, and claims he could return from an ankle operation as early as round three. The 6ft 3in powerhouse, 24, weighs nearly 19 stones and arrived from Penrith Panthers in the off-season. He said: “The hardest thing [about being in the UK] is adapting to the ... Read More »

Rangi Chase: Playing for England is draining

Rangi Chase in his Castleford days. ©RLPhotos

Salford Red Devils half-back Rangi Chase has not made a decision on whether or not he is going to quit the England team, despite reports stating the contrary. He did, however, say is no longer focused on representing his adopted nation. The 27-year-old drew criticism for his performances in England’s 2013 RLWC campaign and continues to do so, despite doing ... Read More »

Shaun Wane: I want to do it all myself


Wigan coach Shaun Wane has hit back at the Sydney Roosters after it emerged they spoke with Warrington Wolves to gain an edge on the Super League champions in this month’s World Club Challenge. When the news broke last week, Total Rugby League spoke to Warrington coach Tony Smith, who suggested Wane would most likely have asked for help from ... Read More »

Tomkins and Richards confirmed for Auckland Nines

Will it be Wigan's year again?

The full squads for all 16 teams taking part in this weekend’s Auckland Nines have been announced. A crowd of 90,000 is expected for the exciting event, which is essentially a nine-a-side knockout tournament with a hefty purse. It is to be shown live on Premier Sports. It’s easy to see why so many tickets have been sold when you ... Read More »

Tomkins: The first time I’ve wanted Wigan to lose

Tomkins in his Wigan days. ©RLPhotos

New Zealand Warriors full-back Sam Tomkins has said tomorrow night’s friendly with former club Wigan will be the first time he has wanted the cherry and whites to lose a game. The England international will not play against his former club due to being saved for this weekend’s Auckland Nines tournament. “It will be tough, I guess it will be ... Read More »

Rhinos want long-term commitments from key players


Leeds Rhinos chief executive Gary Hetherington wants the core of his squad to finish their careers at Headingley. The 59-year-old was speaking after handing Carl Ablett a lengthy contract extension yesterday that will see him remain at Headingley until 2018. Hetherington also wants England winger Tom Briscoe to end his career with the Yorkshire club. “Carl is now contracted until ... Read More »

Larne Patrick facing three months on the sidelines

Larne Patrick. ©RLPhotos

Huddersfield Giants utility forward Larne Patrick has been sidelined for 12 weeks with a dislocated right knee cap and ligament damage. The Wales international, 25, sustained the injury just minutes before half-time in the Giants’ Super League curtain-raiser against Wigan on Friday. He is not expected to play again until the middle of May. Want more Rugby League news and ... Read More »

O’Loughlin rested for World Club Challenge warm-up


Sean O’Loughlin has been rested for Wigan’s World Club Challenge warm-up against New Zealand Warriors tomorrow night. The loose forward tweaked a hamstring while warming up for his side’s Super League curtain-raiser against Huddersfield on Friday night and was not risked by coach Shaun Wane. He is expected to be fit in time to face NRL Premiers Sydney Roosters in ... Read More »

Sky’s the limit for Walmsley, says John Kear

Alex Walmsley. ©RLPhotos

Batley Bulldogs coach John Kear claims one of his finest Super League exports has what it takes to reach the very pinnacle of the game. Speaking at the launch of this year’s Kingstone Press Championships in Manchester, the former Wakefield boss praised St Helens forward Alex Walmsley, who had a superb debut season in Super League after joining from the ... Read More »

Kingstone Press Championships clubs ready for major changes


Details of promotion and relegation for the Kingstone Press Championships have been confirmed as the sport prepares to undergo major change at the end of the 2014 season when the top two divisions will each comprise 12 clubs. Before then the new season, which kicks off with a full round of Championship fixtures this weekend, is likely to feature some ... Read More »

Scoreboard: This week’s Rugby League results


In-depth, detailed reports of all these matches can be found in tomorrow’s League Express newspaper, available online at midnight tonight, and in all good newsagents tomorrow morning. Pre-season friendlies Warrington Wolves 14-8 Salford Red Devils Dewsbury Rams 18-0 Castleford Tigers Rochdale Hornets P-P Hunslet Hawks (waterlogged pitch) Whitehaven RLFC P-P St Helens Select XIII (waterlogged pitch) Barrow Raiders 46-4 BARLA ... Read More »

London Broncos sign France international Gigot

Tony Gigot. ©RLPhotos

London Broncos have secured the services of 23-year-old France international Tony Gigot for the season ahead. The former Catalan Dragons and Harlequins half-back joins from Toulouse Olympique and starred for France in the 2013 World Cup. London Broncos head coach Tony Rea said: “Tony is a player who has an opportunity to take advantages of his experiences. He comes to ... Read More »