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Rugby League World – 2014 Season Launch Special Issue

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The 2014 season is now underway – and Rugby League World Magazine provides the biggest and best guide to the new campaign. We look at all 37 professional clubs over the course of a bumper 26-page preview, covering every close season transfer move and assessing each club’s prospects. We also give each club a predicted finish ahead of one of ... Read More »

Record tumbles for opening match

Jermain McGillvary

Figures out today show the opening match of the 2014 First Utility Super League season, between Wigan Warriors and Huddersfield Giants, recorded the biggest television audience for a Round 1 fixture in the competition’s 19-year history. The match between the defending champions and the the 2013 League Leaders, on Friday February 7 drew a peak audience of 353,000 to Sky ... Read More »

Dixon commits to Castleford

Kirk Dixon

Castleford Tigers winger Kirk Dixon will remain at The Mend-A-Hose Jungle until the end of 2015 after signing a one-year contract extension Dixon joined the club ahead of the 2007 National League One championship winning campaign and has gone on to score 80 tries and 336 goals in 163 games for them. Having scored 992 points in a Tigers shirt ... Read More »

Bradford Bulls sign Danny Bridge from Warrington

Danny Bridge taking a tackle for Warrington. ©RLPhotos

Bradford Bulls have signed Warrington youngster Danny Bridge on a one-month loan deal, seemingly to offset the loss of veteran prop Garreth Carvell, who re-joined Hull FC today. The versatile forward, 21, is the younger brother of former Bulls centre Chris and is equally at home in the front row as he is in the back. He represented Ireland at ... Read More »

Super League preview: Warrington Wolves V St Helens

Jonny Lomax about to crash over the Warrington line. ©RLPhotos

What a mouth-watering tie this is shaping up to be. With local pride, the first points of the season, and early momentum on the line, both sides will be giving it everything. Warrington boss Tony Smith has selected a strong squad, but is without his first-choices at full-back and loose forward – Matty Russell and Simon Grix. Stefan Ratchford looks ... Read More »

Garreth Carvell turns his back on the Bulls

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Former Great Britain front-rower Garreth Carvell has completed his long-anticipated move from Bradford Bulls to Hull FC. The 32-year-old has been openly looking for a new club despite never playing a competitive fixture for the Bulls and still being tied to a two-year contract. It is thought the financial uncertainties and off-field issues at the Provident Stadium worried him. Carvell ... Read More »

Ablett agrees new 5 year deal with Rhinos

Carl Ablett

Leeds Rhinos have been handed a major boost ahead of the opening game of the new First Utility Super League season with the news that England international Carl Ablett has agreed a new five year contract with the club. Ablett, who made his debut for the Rhinos a decade ago, was an integral part of England’s World Cup squad last ... Read More »

Wigan defeat New Zealand Warriors in Hamilton

George Williams in action for Wigan against New Zealand Warriors. ©Photosport

New Zealand Warriors 22-46 Wigan Warriors Joe Burgess scored four tries as Wigan finally hit their stride, defeating New Zealand Warriors 22-46 in their own back yard. The visitors, preparing for the World Club Challenge against Sydney Roosters on February 22, fielded a strong side against a youthful looking New Zealand outfit, but were nevertheless trailing 22-16 at half-time. Thirty ... Read More »

Ratchford feels no pressure from number six jersey

Stefan Ratchford. ©RLPhotos

Warrington star Stefan Ratchford claims he feels no pressure in taking over Lee Briers’ famous number six shirt. The former Salford utility back, 25, has steadily become one of the Wire’s most important players, and has scored 31 tries in 57 appearances. However, his focus this season will not be on emulating his Welsh predecessor’s point-scoring prowess. “The stuff Briers ... Read More »

Asotasi reveals reasons for missing World Cup

Roy Asotasi in his South Sydney Rabbitohs days. ©ColinWhelan/ActionPhotographics

Warrington Wolves prop Roy Asotasi has revealed signing for the Cheshire club in the summer stopped him from representing Samoa at the World Cup. The 32-year-old, who joined Tony Smith’s side from South Sydney Rabbitohs, was set to captain the Samoans but pulled out of the squad late on due to personal reasons. “It’s always hard not to be a ... Read More »

Luke Gale signs two-year Bradford extension

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England Knights international Luke Gale has signed a two-year extension at Bradford Bulls amidst speculation of a last-minute Hull FC switch. The 26-year-old is tied down to the Bulls until 2016 now. “The club have been very supportive of me and I wanted to return the faith they have had in me,” he said. “They’ve been loyal to me and ... Read More »

Wood stands firm on French expansion

Cyril Moliner, in action for Toulouse. ©RLphotos

RFL chief executive Nigel Wood has confirmed the game’s governing body is in discussions with the French Federation about bringing Toulouse into the Championship. Wood told TotalRL.com: “There’s been discussions about the inclusion of a second French club in the competition for some time and we’ve been in discussions with the French Federation. “At this stage there is nothing to ... Read More »