Thursday, July 24, 2014
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Hardaker given 5-match ban

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Leeds Rhinos fullback Zak Hardaker has been given a 5 -match suspension for his grade E offence of making a homophobic comment in the Rhinos’ recent game against Warrington Wolves at the Halliwell Jones Stadium. In other news from tonight’s meeting of the RFL disciplinary panel, Hardaker’s Leeds colleague Jamie Peacock was fined £300 but was not suspended for punching ... Read More »

Agar appointed at Warrington

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Former Wakefield Trinity Wildcats coach Richard Agar has been appointed as the first-team coach at Warrington Wolves under the terms of a two-year contract. And head coach Tony Smith has also signed a new contract that will keep him at the Halliwell Jones Stadium until the end of the 2016 season, effectively ending speculation that he would return to Australia ... Read More »

Doncaster planning for 2015 already

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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. Doncaster coach Paul Cooke says that plans for the 2015 are starting already. ... Read More »

Michael Shenton: England recall was always a goal

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Castleford Tigers centre Michael Shenton has expressed his delight at being named in Steve McNamara’s England train-on squad and says it has always been a goal to get another chance at international level. The 27-year-old is one of three Tigers players to have made McNamara’s side and is tipped by many to start alongside Kallum Watkins in this autumn’s Four ... Read More »

Betts happy to have avoided Leeds and Warrington

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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. Widnes Vikings coach Denis Betts admits that his club has probably got the ... Read More »

Poll: Who was unluckiest to miss out on an England call?

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Last week, England boss Steve McNamara picked a 34-man training squad that will assemble in Loughborough on June 15 to work together ahead of this year’s Four Nations tournament, which starts in October. The Sydney Roosters assistant selected an interesting mix of youth and experience, but, incredibly, left out some of the league’s in-form players, including Marc Sneyd, Kevin Brown, ... Read More »

Bradford Bulls: Jay Pitts picks up one-match ban

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Bradford loanee Jay Pitts has been ruled out of Sunday’s crucial match with Salford Red Devils after being given a one-match suspension for a dangerous tackle on Warrington’s Anthony England last week. The Hull FC forward submitted an early guilty plea for the Grade B charge. Want more Rugby League news and features? Subscribe to the online version of League ... Read More »

Blues bring in Dugan and Hopoate for Origin II

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New South Wales have called-up Josh Dugan and Will Hopoate to replace the injured Morris twins for the second State of Origin match on June 18. Winger Brett fractured and dislocated his shoulder in the act of scoring a crucial try, while centre Josh ruptured his posterior cruciate ligament. Brett finished the match despite the pain and Josh carried on, ... Read More »

Soliola sees future at loose forward

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St Helens back-rower Sia Soliola, who confirmed today he is indeed looking to return to Australia at the end of the season, believes he is best suited to playing loose forward. The 27-year-old is extremely versatile and has played all over the park in Super League this year. He said: “I’m happy with my form; I’ve had to adapt in ... Read More »

Soliola hoping to end Saints career with a trophy

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St Helens back-rower Sia Soliola wants to end his Super League career with some silverware, and has spoken of an attitude change within the club that he hopes will help him achieve that. The 27-year-old, who is looking to make an NRL return at the end of this season for the good of his family, called May’s convincing defeat to ... Read More »

Gaskell: Red Devils under more pressure than Bulls

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Bradford Bulls half-back Lee Gaskell has described Sunday’s grudge match with fellow relegation strugglers Salford Red Devils as “must win” and claims their trans-Pennine rivals are under more pressure to get the two points. The 23-year-old, who spent time on loan with Salford last year from parent club St Helens, told the Manchester Evening News: “I think Salford are under ... Read More »

Blake Green to leave Wigan at end of season

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As we reported last month, Wigan Warriors half-back Blake Green has announced he will leave the club and return to Australia when his contract expires at the end of this season. The 27-year-old won the double in his debut season with the cherry and whites after signing from Hull KR in 2013. He said: “I would like to thank Shaun ... Read More »