Tuesday, July 29, 2014
Rugby League News

Rugby League News

Wildcats v Broncos: The squads


London boss Joe Grima and new Wakefield coach James Webster have named their 19-man squads ahead of Friday’s night’s crucial relegation clash at the Rapid Solicitor’s Stadium. The Broncos are almost at full strength, with only long-term absentee Keiran Dixon (three weeks from fitness) and Jordan Atkins (shoulder) out of contention. On his side’s chances of getting off the mark ... Read More »

Solly keen to boost Super League’s profile


This is an excerpt from a story published in this week’s issue of League Express newspaper, which is out in all good newsagents right now. If you can’t get your hands on a hard copy, click here to download a digital version to your computer or smartphone. Blake Solly finally got his feet under the table last week as Super ... Read More »

Quartet to return for St Helens this weekend


St Helens are set to welcome back a quartet of stars ahead of their trip to Catalan Dragons this weekend, as their injury-hit squad begins to take shape once again. Full-back Jonny Lomax is perhaps the most high profile name to come back into the fold for the Saints, with Tommy Makinson, Alex Walmsley and Willie Manu all looking like ... Read More »

Kaufusi could return to Bradford Bulls


Antonio Kaufusi could return to the Bradford Bulls in the coming weeks, after head coach Francis Cummins admitted the deal wasn’t “dead in the water”. The Huddersfield Giants prop returned to his parent club earlier this week, after opting against extending his loan deal with the Bulls. However, Cummins was hopeful of the deal rearing its head again in the ... Read More »

Ferguson to miss out for Bradford Bulls again


Bradford Bulls boss Francis Cummins has confirmed that star forward Dale Ferguson is in line to miss out again this weekend, as his struggles with injury continue. Ferguson has only made sporadic appearances this year due to a back problem, but shrugged that off to feature against Wakefield two weeks ago. However, he missed out on last weekend’s cup defeat ... Read More »

Origin: Thurston unconfident in rookie half-back partner


Queensland stand-off Johnathan Thurston has described the prospect of rookie Ben Hunt filling in at scrum-half for the injured Cooper Cronk and Daly Cherry-Evans as “not ideal”. First-choice number seven Cronk (broken arm) is unlikely to play another part in this Origin series while understudy Cherry-Evans (knee) has a chance of making the second test but admitted he wasn’t confident ... Read More »

Challenge Cup: Semi-final venues revealed


The Rugby Football League (RFL) has announced the two stadiums set to host the semi-finals of the 2014 Challenge Cup. Leeds’ mouthwatering clash with Warrington will be held at Langtree Park – home of St Helens – while Castleford against Widnes will take place at Leigh Sports Village, home of the Centurions. Both ties will be televised on the BBC. ... Read More »

Blake Green agrees Melbourne Storm switch


Outgoing Wigan Warriors stand-off Blake Green has announced he is to join 2012 NRL Premiers Melbourne Storm at the end of the season. The 27-year-old revealed in an honest interview with League Express recently that a move back to Australia was always his plan, and he has penned a two-year deal with the Storm to play alongside the likes of ... Read More »

Daryl Powell proud of resilient players


Castleford coach Daryl Powell has added his voice to the growing campaign against video referees after claiming it cost his side a more comfortable win against Wigan in the Challenge Cup. In Saturday’s clash, which the Tigers won 4-16, Luke Dorn had a 28th-minute try ruled out for obstruction, which was extremely questionable. “The same video referee seems to be ... Read More »

Bulls youngster Bates signs new contract


Bradford Bulls’ utility forward Sam Bates, 18, has signed a new two-year contract with the club and will begin full-time training with the first-team squad later this month. Halifax-born Bates, a star of the club’s under-19s squad, has played two first-team games and aims to break into the squad on a permanent basis. “I am over the moon to be ... Read More »