Wednesday, November 26, 2014
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Brian McDermott stands by Zak Hardaker

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Leeds Rhinos coach Brian McDermott has leapt to the defence of full-back Zak Hardaker, who is again being investigated by the RFL for use of homphobic language on the field. The 22-year-old allegedly blew a kiss and made a comment to a Saints player in their match last week and the RFL have employed a lip reader to find out ... Read More »

Hardaker issue not a distraction, says Mac

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Leeds Rhinos boss Brian McDermott has insisted that the latest controversy surrounding Zak Hardaker will not be a distraction for Leeds against Wigan tomorrow night – and has said that Hardaker is determined to get it right on the field against the Warriors. The 22-year-old is the subject of an RFL investigation after being accused of making an abusive comment ... Read More »

Two RL legends to be inducted in Hall of Fame next month

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The RFL has announced that two of the greatest players in Rugby League history are to be inducted into the sport’s most exclusive club, the Rugby League Hall of Fame. The identity of the new inductees will be announced at the John Smith’s Stadium in Huddersfield on Friday October 17 at a special Hall of Fame dinner hosted by Rugby ... Read More »

Mark Aston calls for vote of no confidence in RFL

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Sheffield Eagles coach Mark Aston has questioned how old evidence could be presented in last Thursday’s controversial points deduction appeals by Championship clubs Batley and Doncaster, and has called for answers from the RFL over the matter. An Operational Rules Appeals Tribunal granted the appeals against the points deductions imposed for breaches of the rules relating to dual-registration. The clubs ... Read More »

Nathan Brown: Winning shield would be reward for fans

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St Helens coach Nathan Brown believes winning the League Leader’s Shield would be rewarding for both his players and the club’s fans following some serious injury problems and a recent silverware drought. The Saints, who last won a trophy in 2008, need just one point from their remaining two games to finish atop Super League, which is no mean feat ... Read More »

Shannan McPherson signs for Parramatta Eels

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Former Salford and South Sydney prop Shannan McPherson is returning to play in the NRL after signing a train-and-trial deal with Parramatta Eels. The 28-year-old was released by the Red Devils in June after two injury-ravaged. His departure freed up enough salary cap to allow Dr Marwan Koukash to sign New Zealand full-back Kevin Locke. Parramatta boss Brad Arthur said: ... Read More »

Gareth Hock to leave Salford?

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Could Gareth Hock be on his way out of Salford, just one season after joining the club? It certainly seems that way, after Red Devils owner Marwan Koukash took to Twitter to confirm that Hock had asked for a release. He tweeted: “Gareth Hock has asked to leave the club and we have agreed to his request provided it is ... Read More »

NCL to remain a summer competition, says RFL

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The National Conference League will remain a summer competition for the next three years, the RFL has announced. NCL Administrator David Lowe said: “Following on from the survey that we carried out and negotiation with the RFL, the National Conference League will for the next three years continue to run a summer competition. Clubs in attendance were informed of this ... Read More »

Leeds Rhinos issue statement on Zak Hardaker

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Leeds Rhinos have issued a statement in defence of Zak Hardaker, after it was revealed the RFL are launching investigation into his alleged use of an abusive comment during last weekend’s match against St Helens. Rhinos’ Chief Executive Gary Hetherington believes there “appears to be a witch-hunt” from the RFL involving Hardaker’s actions – and they have called for an ... Read More »

World Club Challenge details announced this week

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League Express and TotalRL.com understands that details of a revamped World Club Challenge will be announced later this week – either Thursday or Friday, with the competition to be confirmed as expanding to six teams. It is believed that the winners of the NRL, South Sydney Rabbitohs and Brisbane Broncos will be the three Australian teams taking part – with ... Read More »