Wednesday, October 1, 2014
Rugby League News

Rugby League News

Russian Rugby League: Bears win fourth straight title

Vereya Bears have won their fourth successive Russian Rugby League Championship. The Moscow Oblast team defeated local rivals Moscow Storm in comprehensive fashion over two legs, scoring 52 points in both games and conceding only 22 altogether. After establishing a commanding lead in the first leg, coach Alex Lysokon fielded seven under-18s. He said: “I was very impressed by the ... Read More »

Luani clear to face Australia thanks to coach Matterson

The USA have successfully overturned the one-match suspension of 21-year-old Haveatama Luani for a ‘Grade A’ throw on Scotland’s Peter Wallace in their World Cup clash last week. Tomahawks coach Terry Matterson (pictured) cleverly demonstrated that Luani played a backseat role in a three-man tackle on Wallace in the 78th minute. The 21-year-old is now clear to face Australia in ... Read More »

Eagles sign promising young Giants prop

Sheffield Eagles have signed Huddersfield Giants prop Jack Blagbrough on a one-year deal. The 19-year-old made his Super League debut in 2013 and is a product of the Giants’ impressive academy, at which we on the Under 18 Player of the Year award. Eagles coach Mark Aston said: “It’s great to announce Jack is joining the club, he’s an exciting ... Read More »

Harris: In four years we’ll be formidable

Wales coach Iestyn Harris believes his side will be a real force when the next World Cup comes around. The 37-year-old’s side failed to register a point in his their 2013 RLWC campaign but Harris believes the signs were promising and that the next World Cup will be a different story. “Our pack is very good and solid, and within ... Read More »

McNamara: Don’t take France lightly

England coach Steve McNamara has told his side not to be complacent when they take on France in Saturday’s World Cup quarter-final in Wigan. The English go into the game heavy favourites, having dispatched their cross-Channel opposition 44-6 and 48-4 in their last two meetings. McNamara doesn’t think it will be plain sailing this time, though: “I think Richard [coach, ... Read More »

Video: CCTV of Slater attack released

The CCTV footage showing Australian full-back Billy Slater getting attacked outside a Manchester bar on Saturday night has been released. It clearly shows the 30-year-old returning to Mojo on Bridge Street to fetch a coat he left behind. He went to the head of the queue to enquire and was immediately confronted for pushing in by a visibly intoxicated 40-year-old. ... Read More »

Prescott ‘superhuman’, says McNamara

England coach Steve McNamara has described the late Steve Prescott as ‘superhuman’. McNamara’s friend and former teammate at both England and Wakefield tragically passed away aged 39 last week after battling a rare and gruelling form of stomach cancer. Prescott was given just months to live back in 2006 but courageously fought his disease and did all he could to ... Read More »

L’Estrange granted early release from contract

Australian hooker Heath L’Estrange has been granted an early release from his Bradford Bulls contract. The 28-year-old captained the West Yorkshire outfit and scored eight tries in 99 appearances. He asked to cancel his contract in order to raise his newborn daughter in his home country. “I have had an absolutely amazing time with the Bulls and I have played ... Read More »

Billy Slater: I will face the music

Billy Slater says he expects a grilling from Australia’s coaching staff after being arrested following a fight outside a Manchester nightclub. The world’s highest-rated full-back was out celebrating his side’s comprehensive victory over Ireland on Saturday night when he was attacked. He defended himself and was thus taken into custody before being released without charge following CCTV analysis. The 30-year-old ... Read More »

Elliot Kear extends Bradford stay

Welsh winger Elliot Kear has signed a contract extension at Bradford Bulls, keeping him in West Yorkshire until 2015. The 24-year-old was on a two-year deal after signing from Crusdaers at the end of 2011. He has made 36 Super League appearances for the Bulls, scoring 12 tries. Coach Francis Cummins, who praised Kear for his World Cup form, said: ... Read More »

Rovers return for Ben

Ben Cockayne will be a Robin again in 2014 having signed a two-year deal with the club. The winger returns to Craven Park having spent the past couple of years with Super League rivals Wakefield Trinity Wildcats who accepted an undisclosed fee from the red and whites for his services. Cockayne’s previous stint with the Robins saw him score 57 ... Read More »

Ciraldo injury holds up return home

Italy second rower Cameron Ciraldo suffered a lacerated pancreas in the game against Tonga at Halifax on Sunday night and is likely to require surgery before being allowed to travel home. Ciraldo is due to take up a position in coaching and development at the Penrith Panthers after having completed his World Cup duties with the Italian side. He was ... Read More »

Full Time Report: France 6 Samoa 22

England will play France in the quarter finals on Saturday evening at Wigan following Samoa’s 22-6 victory in Perpignan. The Samoans will face Fiji in Warrington on Sunday to complete the quarter final line-up. A superb individual try from fullback Anthony Milford set the Samoans on their way in the second half. France centre Jean-Philippe Baile went near in the ... Read More »

Half Time Report: France 6 Samoa 6

Samoa had Mose Maso sent to the sin bin in a first half against France that saw three other incidents placed on report. Skipper Daniel Vidot had given the Samoans an early lead after picking up a Ben Roberts pass that had bounced before reaching the winger, Anthony Milford kicking the touchline conversion. The Samoans then had Leeson Ah Mau ... Read More »