Monday, July 28, 2014
Rugby League News

Rugby League News

Rugby League podcast: South Wales get their first win


In the latest episode of Rugby League Down South, Ian Ramsdale interviews Mike Grady, head coach of South Wales Scorpions, London Broncos prop Jon Wallace, and Hemel Stags’ Eddie Mbaraga… What’s on this week? 01.40 South Wales Scorpions head coach Mike Grady. 10.00 London Broncos prop Jon Wallace. 20.00 Gloucestershire All Golds’ Danny Thomas. 25.00 Hemel Stags’ Eddie Mbaraga. 31.20 ... Read More »

Match preview: Leeds Rhinos v Huddersfield Giants


Leeds Rhinos and Huddersfield Giants kick off this weekend’s Super League action with what is expected to be a thunderous West Yorkshire derby at Headingley Carnegie. With the Rhinos being made to work for their place in the semi-finals of the Tetley’s Challenge Cup last weekend against Leigh, backing up against a rejuvenated Giants outfit will be no easy task. ... Read More »

Bradford Bulls decision good for us, says Webster


New Wakefield Trinity Wildcats head coach James Webster has spoken out on the decision to uphold Bradford’s six-point deduction for entering administration, admitting it is fantastic they still have their gap over the Bulls. After the appeal against the deduction was rejected on Wednesday, it means Wakefield still maintain a six-point gap over the Bulls. And Webster – who takes ... Read More »

Thurston: Origin scheduling “borderline ridiculous”


Reigning Golden Boot winner Johnathan Thurston is calling for the NRL to factor State of Origin into their scheduling, which he labelled as “borderline ridiculous”. Origin stars pride themselves on ‘backing up’ – playing for their club team the week after an interstate test, but Thurston doesn’t think they should have to, especially when the intensity of the first match ... Read More »

Bennett wants three Origin games in four weeks


Former Australia coach Wayne Bennett wants next year’s State of Origin series to be played over four weeks and hopes it will prevent the inevitable injuries that come from players ‘backing up’ for their clubs just days after intense interstate action. Johnathan Thurston spoke today of the “borderline ridiculous” scheduling that is pushing players to their limits. Bennett claims he ... Read More »

Tom Lineham closing in on Hull FC return


Hull FC winger Tom Lineham is closing in on a return to action after suffering a broken ankle earlier this season – but he will not be rushed back into the side. Lineham suffered the horrendous injury in round four of the season against Bradford, and looked set for a swift return to action a couple of weeks ago. However, ... Read More »

Bradford Bulls boss defiant despite appeal result


Bradford Bulls head coach Francis Cummins insists nothing has changed in the fight for Super League survival, after the decision to uphold their points deduction was made yesterday by an independent Sporting Sanctions Panel. After weeks of speculation regarding with the Bulls would get any points back in their appeal, the former Super League champions were informed yesterday that they ... Read More »

Greg Eden back in my plans, says Sandercock

Greg Eden edged Lee Gaskell to land the full-back shirt thanks to three well-taken tries

Hull KR coach Craig Sandercock says inconsistent full-back Greg Eden has made some significant improvements to his game while on loan at Salford and has a great chance of starting against Warrington on Friday night. The Robins’ current first-choice at the back, TotalRL columnist Ben Cockayne, is out for nine weeks through injury but Sandercock believes his position will be ... Read More »

Harry Siejka makes Featherstone move

Harry Siejka in his NRL days. ©ActionPhotos

Wakefield scrum-half Harry Siejka has joined Championship outfit Featherstone Rovers on a month-long loan, with an option to extend his stay to the rest of the season. The young Australian joined the Wildcats a few games into the Super League season and has since made nine appearances, scoring one try. He is unlikely to get much first team action for the ... Read More »

Featherstone have bids rejected for Giants trio


Ambitious Kingstone Press Championship side Featherstone Rovers have failed in bids for Huddersfield Giants stars Danny Brough, Eorl Crabtree and Brett Ferres. It is a clear signal of intent from owner Faisal Nahaboo, who is looking to get Rovers into Super League when the game goes through its restructure next year. With Brough the defending Man of Steel, and Crabtree ... Read More »

Bradford Bulls points appeal upheld


An independent Sporting Sanctions Appeal Panel has upheld the six-point deduction handed down by the Rugby Football League’s Board of Directors as a penalty for the Bradford Bulls entering administration earlier this season. A spokesman for the Bulls’ board of directors said: “We are naturally disappointed with the panel’s decision in finding that we did not meet the necessary threshold ... Read More »

Double injury blow for Warrington Wolves

Richie Myler

Warrington Wolves have been handed a double blow on the injury front, as two of their key players look set for spells on the sidelines. Co-captain Michael Monaghan is out for up to five weeks with a torn calf muscle, whilst scrum-half Richie Myler has further compounded the Wolves’ woe, as he has been ruled out for three weeks of ... Read More »