Tuesday, November 25, 2014
Rugby League News

Rugby League News

Fages filled Chase’s shoes nicely, says Noble

Theo Fages. ©RLPhotos

Salford Red Devils coach Brian Noble has praised French stand-off Theo Fages after he impressed in Saturday’s win against London while covering for injured Rangi Chase. The 19-year-old international socred two tries and set up a couple more as the Red Devils took down the Broncos 18-44. “It is a tough ask for any player to step in for Rangi ... Read More »

London Broncos clarify Sean Long sacking

Sean Long. ©RLphotos

London Broncos claim Sean Long’s sacking as assistant coach was performance related, and nothing to do with the former Saints star’s return to rehab. In a statement, the Broncos said: “We would like to clarify the situation concerning Sean Long. Unfortunately, Sean’s performances as an assistant coach did not meet the professional levels expected at the club. “As a result ... Read More »

London Broncos sign promising young half-back

Struggling Super League outfit London Broncos have signed young St George-Illawara Dragons half-back Josh Drinkwater. The 21-year-old, who was born in Sydney, has been released from his contract to let the deal go through. Dragons coach Steve Price said: “Josh has received a good offer and opportunity to play in the Super League and we respect and understand his desires ... Read More »

London Broncos sign Atelea Vea from NRL

Atelea Vea. ©Naparazzi/

London Broncos have confirmed they have signed St George-Illawarra Dragons back-rower Atelea Vea. The 27-year-old Tonga international, who measures 6ft and weighs 103kg, has lots of NRL experience having also played for Cronulla Sharks and Melbourne Storm. Former Dragons teammate Josh Drinkwater, 21, will join him in north London. For a full interview with the forward and more information on ... Read More »

Challenge Cup third-round draw details


The draw for the third round of the 2014 Tetley’s Challenge Cup will take place at the University of Gloucestershire tomorrow (Monday February 24) at 6.10pm. It will be broadcast live on BBC Radio Gloucester. UK residents can listen to the draw live on BBC Radio Gloucester by clicking here. The draw will also be streamed live on www.allgoldsrugby.com. The ... Read More »

Sandercock: We know what to expect from Huddersfield

Hull KR boss Craig Sandercock. ©RLPhotos

Hull KR coach Craig Sandercock understands what his side must to do snatch two points from Huddersfield Giants in this afternoon’s round two clash at the John Smiths stadium. The Australian said: “The fact that we played them a few weeks back probably just reinforces a few things that you believe. They have some strike players there and played extremely ... Read More »

Lee Gaskell facing lengthy lay-off

As if it wasn't hard enough being Bradford coach, Francis Cummins has now lost another stand-off. ©RLPhotos

Bradford stand-off Lee Gaskell is set for up to 12 weeks on the sidelines after tearing his medial collateral ligament (MCL) in the Bulls’ round two win at Wakefield. The 23-year-old follows in the footsteps of Larne Patrick and David Hodgson, who also picked up the injury in round one. Gaskell was about to embark on a peroid of regular ... Read More »

Match report: London Broncos 18-44 Salford Red Devils

Gareth Hock in his Widnes days. ©RLphotos

Salford Red Devils maintained their 100 per cent record with a comfortable 18-44 victory against London Broncos at the Broncos’ new home, The Hive, in north London. The Broncos took an early lead with a try by hooker Scott Moore, goaled by Tony Gigot. But the Red Devils were soon on level terms when Harrison Hansen scored his first try, ... Read More »

Match report: Sydney Roosters 36-14 Wigan Warriors

Sonny Bill Williams. ©Action

Sydney Roosters are the World Club Champions after defeating Wigan Warriors 36-14 at Allianz Stadium in Sydney on Saturday. Michael Jennings became the first player in World Club Challenge history to score a hat-trick of tries, and the Roosters scored other tries through former Hull FC star Sam Moa and Kiwi internationals Jared Warea-Hargreaves and Shaun Kenny-Dowall. James Maloney converted ... Read More »

Championship preview: Swinton Lions V Sheffield Eagles

Richard Hawkyard. ©RLPhotos

Sunday February 23, 2014 Kick-off: 3.00pm Richie Hawkyard (pictured) could return for Swinton Lions, but Freddie Walker and Ben Warrilow are both still battling against shoulder injuries. Swinton earned a bonus point at Halifax last week, with two late tries from Andy Ackers narrowing the gap to just 10 points by full time. Lions coach Ian Watson said: “We were ... Read More »

Championship preview: Rochdale Hornets V Dewsbury Rams


Sunday February 23, 2014 Kick-off: 3.00pm Rochdale Hornets are without Alex McClurg for their season opener, while Dewsbury Rams coach Glenn Morrison could name the same side that secured an 11-10 win over Featherstone Rovers last week. Morrison said: “We’ve built momentum over the pre-season and we’ve got a good result last week, but it’s only one win. “We’ve got ... Read More »

Championship preview: Whitehaven V North Wales Crusaders

Jono Smith, of North Wales Crusaders. ©RLPhotos

Sunday February 23, 2014 Kick-off: 3.00pm Whitehaven centres Stephen Fox and Scott McAvoy face late fitness tests, but coach Dave Woods expects both to be passed fit for Sunday’s Kingstone Press Championship clash with North Wales Crusaders. Woods is aiming to make the most of home advantage on Sunday, when he hopes to steer Whitehaven to their first victory of ... Read More »

Championship preview: Featherstone Rovers V Halifax


Sunday February 23, 2014 Kick-off: 3.00pm Matt James is Featherstone Rovers’ only injury concern ahead of Sunday’s Kingstone Press Championship showdown with Halifax. Rovers are aiming to bounce back after a shock defeat to Dewsbury Rams last week. Featherstone coach John Bastian said: “We need to be a little bit smarter, and we’ve discussed that as a group. “We defended ... Read More »

Championship preview: Doncaster V Keighley Cougars


Sunday February 23, 2014 Kick-off: 2.00pm Doncaster coach Paul Cooke has set his sights on starting the Kingstone Press Championship season with back-to-back victories. Doncaster won their opening match of the campaign, beating Workington Town 22-12 despite trailing 12-0 inside the first 10 minutes. But Cooke said: “A performance as gritty as that is no good if we put a ... Read More »