Tuesday, September 23, 2014
Rugby League News

Rugby League News

Keinhorst handed three-year deal

Leeds Rhinos have handed centre Jimmy Keinhorst a new three year deal with the German international staying with the Headingley Carnegie club until at least the end of the 2016 Super League season. The 23-year-old broke into the Rhinos team in 2012 and played in the Carnegie Challenge Cup Final at Wembley against Warrington that year whilst still a student at Leeds ... Read More »

Super League restructure plans hit by walkout

A meeting of Super League (Europe) to discuss a proposed restructuring of the competition was today suspended without resolution after six clubs absented themselves from proceedings. Officials from Catalan Dragons, Huddersfield Giants, Hull FC, Hull Kingston Rovers, Warrington Wolves and Wigan Warriors walked out of the meeting, meaning no vote could be taken. Eight clubs had indicated their support for ... Read More »

World Cup set to break records

First published in League Express, Monday 21st Oct 2013 The World Cup begins on Saturday and already it looks to be a record-breaking tournament in terms of attendances, even if no more tickets are sold this week. The opening double-header will draw a crowd well in excess of 40,000 to the Millennium Stadium, and, provided too many supporters are not ... Read More »

Roby insists England are ready for Kangaroo challenge

England will kick off Rugby League World Cup 2013 against arch-rivals Australia at the Millennium Stadium on Saturday (2.30pm), and hooker James Roby says there is no better team for them to face following their defeat to Italy. Steve McNamara’s side are looking to bounce back from their surprise 15-14 reverse, and Roby is looking to prove it was a ... Read More »

England drop Hock

England Rugby League have issued the following statement regarding the sudden exit of Gareth Hock from their World Cup squad. “As a result of serious breaches of team discipline that have fallen below the strict code of conduct as agreed by team management, Gareth Hock has been withdrawn from the England Rugby League World Cup squad with immediate effect. He ... Read More »

Bulls close to agreement with RFL

Bradford Bulls are close to having the RFL sanction the club’s recent change in ownership, following a meeting between the new Board of Directors and RFL representatives Nigel Wood and Blake Solly. Bulls co-owner Ryan Whitcut said, “We have had a very positive meeting with the RFL today and have been given assurances that the RFL will move as quickly ... Read More »

Ban rules Samoa player out of Kiwi clash

Tim Lafai of Samoa and England Knights players Brad Singleton have each been suspended for one match by an International Match Review Panel following an incident in the Rugby League World Cup 2013 warm-up fixture at Salford last Saturday. Both players accepted the punishment handed down by the specially-convened panel for punching in the 38th minute of the match. The ... Read More »

Rhinos release Moore

Leeds Rhinos have agreed to release prop Richard Moore, 31, from the remaining year of his contract to enable him to sign for another club for next season. Moore re-joined the Rhinos in 2012 from Welsh side Crusaders, having originally been part of the club’s Academy system alongside the likes of Rob Burrow, Ryan Bailey and Danny McGuire. He made ... Read More »

Ghana Championship launches

The Ghana Rugby League championship has kicked off in another milestone for the sport in West Africa. Seven clubs – Legon Skolars, Nima Rhinos, Nima Warriors, Monprobie Vikings, ECK Force, Famous City and Kaneshie Rugby League – will play a round-robin format totalling 21 matches over three months. In the historic first round, the clubs from Nima, a district in ... Read More »

Greek Championship kicks off

After months of preparation the inaugural Hellenic Rugby League Championship kicked off at the weekend. The opening match was played in Kifissos field, in western Athens, with the greater experience of visiting islanders Rhodes Knights overcame early resistance to defeat Pegasus Neos Kosmos 60-24. The second game, in Pantelis Nikolaidis stadium in Nikaea, Piraeus, saw Promitheas Rendi score first and ... Read More »

Ashall brothers make switch to Crusaders

North Wales Crusaders have announced their first two new signings for 2014 in Craig and Karl Ashall from Championship rivals Halifax. The brothers both have a wealth of experience playing at Championship level and they join the host of players who have already re-signed with the club on the squad list for next season. Chief Executive Jamie Thomas said, “Clearly ... Read More »

Sims follows in sister’s footsteps

FIJIAN brothers Ashton, Tariq and Korbin Sims are hoping that it’s their family name that is remembered from the World Cup rather than that of any other set of brothers involved. And the youngest of that trio, Korbin, made a good start with an impressive display in the pre-tournament warm-up against Rochdale including a genuine hat-trick in the opening ten ... Read More »

Tales of the unexpected

I couldn’t believe it when I got the text saying that England had lost to Italy! Due to a prior engagement I couldn’t get to the game at Salford, but I intended to record it and watch it later. So I was naturally disappointed to find out that it wasn’t televised. That it wasn’t on any channel is a poor ... Read More »

Off the rails

The decision not to stage a Northern Rail Cup next season was never likely to be a popular one. Within minutes of me revealing that there will be no Northern Rail Cup in 2014 on Twitter, dozens of responses in general disbelief appeared on my account. By the end of the day there was over 100, and not a single ... Read More »

Leeds boss backs RFL proposals

SUPER League clubs will come together on Wednesday to try to adopt a definitive position on the RFL’s recent Policy Review proposals, which include a reduction in Super League to twelve clubs and the adoption of the RFL’s favoured proposal of two divisions of twelve clubs splitting into three divisions of eight after 23 rounds of fixtures from 2015. Leeds ... Read More »