Saturday, October 25, 2014
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Rugby League News

Five positives to take out of the Sam Burgess deal

Sam Burgess in action for England at the RLWC2013. ©RLPhotos

The news we’ve all been dreading was finally confirmed on Monday, when it was announced that Sam Burgess will indeed switch codes at the end of this year. As sad as it may seem on the face of things, there are some positives to take from the deal. None will replace having the most exciting forward in world rugby in ... Read More »

Larne Patrick could return in 10 weeks

Larne Patrick. ©RLPhotos

Huddersfield Giants utility forward Larne Patrick says he could return from injury two weeks earlier than first anticipated. The 25-year-old Wales international suffered a dislocated kneecap and damaged his MCL (medial collateral ligament) in the Giants’ Super League curtain-raiser against Wigan a fortnight ago. His diagnosis was three months on the sidelines, but he is hopeful of returning to action ... Read More »

Rhinos most cohesive Super League side, say stats


Statistics that rank rugby sides of both codes based on their compatibility and longevity have been released – and only one Super League team is in the top 30. The ‘Team Unity Rating’ was devised by a company called Gainline and, in their words, ‘attempts to quantify the degree of unity and cohesion within that team’. It is not a ... Read More »

Kallum Watkins enjoying playing next to Briscoe

Kallum Watkins

Leeds centre Kallum Watkins admitted he’s enjoying playing with new wing partner Tom Briscoe after the former Hull FC man bagged a hat-trick on his competitive Rhinos debut. Watkins was at the heart of all Briscoe’s tries, and the England international believes Briscoe’s presence means the Rhinos have excellent competition for places. “He [Tom Briscoe] is a nice bloke and ... Read More »

Australia and New Zealand win World Cup bid

Australia lifting the 2013 World Cup. ©RLphotos

Australia and New Zealand will co-host the 2017 Rugby League World Cup, it was announced today. The Rugby League International Federation wasted no time in assessing the two bids on the table, one of which was from South Africa, to allow maximum planning time. RLIF vice-chairman Nigel Wood said: “This was not a simple decision but with fans of international ... Read More »

Langley offers no Robins excuses

Hull KR struggle to contain Leeds Rhinos

Jamie Langley admits that it will take a bit of time for the Robins’ new-look squad to settle down but refuses to use that as an excuse for the opening day defeat against Leeds last weekend. “I think we had eight people on debut against Leeds last weekend and things will take time to gel,” he said. “But that’s no ... Read More »

Salford to take on Sale in cross-code challenge


Salford Red Devils are to take part in a cross-code challenge match against Sale Sharks at the AJ Bell Stadium, the home ground of both teams, on 26th August. The match which aims to raise funds for two charitable organisations, The Prince’s Trust and Maggie’s, will be played with one half under rugby union rules and one half under Rugby ... Read More »

Paul Clough joins Vikings

Paul Clough

Widnes Vikings have signed Paul Clough from St Helens on a season long loan. The prop forward makes the move immediately to link up with Denis Betts’ squad ahead of the Vikings’ next Super League clash with Huddersfield Giants on Friday, 28 February. The 26-year-old has appeared 189 times for Saints since making his debut against Hull FC in 2005, ... Read More »

Mullalley agrees Bulls loan move

Anthony Mullally

Bradford Bulls have signed 22 year old Ireland international Anthony Mullally on a one-month loan deal from Huddersfield Giants. The Lancashire-born forward is in contention for Thursday night’s trip to Wakefield Trinity Wildcats. The former Widnes talent, who impressed while on World Cup duty for Mark Aston’s Ireland last year, is hoping to make a big impact at The Provident ... Read More »

East Leeds take the Easy Road to Wembley

Tetley's Challenge Cup

East Leeds will be hoping to repeat last season’s Tetley’s Challenge Cup exploits by getting through to the third round of Rugby League’s oldest and most prestigious competition when they play ‘local’ rivals Leeds Metropolitan University on Saturday (2.00pm). The second round tie marks East Leeds’s debut at their new home, Richmond Hill on Easy Road in Leeds and captain ... Read More »

2017 Rugby League World Cup announcement due

Rugby League World Cup

The Rugby League International Federation has confirmed that the host of the next Rugby League World Cup tournament, to be held in 2017, will be announced on Wednesday February 19. Two bids to host the tournament were put forward: one from South Africa and a joint bid from Australia and New Zealand. The announcement will be made on the RLIF ... Read More »

Dewsbury Rams in awards spotlight

Kingstone Press Championship

Dewsbury Rams half-back Anthony Thackeray is the first Kingstone Press Championship Player of the Week for 2014. Thackeray marked his debut for the club with a try and the decisive drop goal in their one-point win over Featherstone Rovers. The team display also earned the Rams the Kingstone Press Performance of the Week, while Kevin Penny’s length-of-the-field try at Halifax ... Read More »

Wigan injury blow ahead of World Club Challenge


Wigan half back or hooker Sam Powell has been ruled out of Saturday’s World Club Challenge after sustaining an ankle injury in training. An initial diagnosis has ruled him out of the game with Sydney Roosters whilst the full extent of the injury will be investigated by Wigan’s specialists on their return to the UK next week. Powell, who developed ... Read More »

Time to stop and think about Nines

9s RL is beginning to spread across the world!

  So how good did the Auckland Nines turn out to be? If unpredictability is a prerequisite of a tournament, we certainly got it as North Queensland Cowboys won their first ever bit of silverware, beating Brisbane Broncos in an all-Queensland final. If speed and skill is another important ingredient for a sporting contest, the weekend had it in spades, ... Read More »