Wednesday, October 1, 2014
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Six of the Best: Nation-hopping Rugby League stars


With the climax of the domestic season fast approaching, attention is now starting to turn to the forthcoming international programme this Autumn. The Four Nations will grab the majority of the headlines, with England set to name their squad for the event next Sunday. But as well as that tournament, there is also the hugely anticipated prospect of a European ... Read More »

Reports: Hetherington tries to block Todd Carney transfer

Todd Carney is a former Dally M Medal winner and is recognised as one of the best half-backs on the planet

Leeds Rhinos chief executive Gary Hetherington has allegedly urged his fellow Super League bosses to try block disgraced NRL star Todd Carney’s move to Catalan Dragons. The Australian, who was sacked by Cronulla Sharks in June after an inappropriate photo of him went viral, signed a three-year deal with the Dragons recently but the contract is yet to be approved ... Read More »

Leeds Rhinos have had successful season, says Hetherington


Leeds Rhinos chief executive Gary Hetherington insists that despite their early exit from the Super League play-offs, the club have had a successful season. Defeat to Catalan last weekend saw the Rhinos exit the play-offs with a whimper – suffering their sixth successive defeat either side of a first Challenge Cup win since 1999. And despite that poor league form, ... Read More »

Tony Smith: The game is not protecting our players


Warrington Wolves coach Tony Smith insists the game is failing to protect its players, and has called for more protection after Matty Russell’s horrific injury at the weekend. Russell has since been cleared of any serious injury after colliding with Widnes’ Macgraff Leuluai during their play-off encounter on Saturday, but Smith believes there isn’t enough being done to look after ... Read More »

Castleford a tough place to go, says Ratchford


Warrington utility Stefan Ratchford is expecting fierce competition from Challenge Cup finalists Castleford Tigers when the Wolves visit the Mend-A-Hose Jungle on Thursday night to battle for a place in the Super League play-off semi-finals. Ratchford remembers Warrington’s last visit to Castleford on Easter Monday which resulted in a 40-6 defeat for the Wolves. “We had a rough time during ... Read More »

Radford: I want all the new lads in from day one

Hull FC head honcho Lee Radford. ©RLPhotos

Hull FC coach Lee Radford has ordered his entire squad to start pre-season as a unit on November 1 – and is not making any exceptions. Indeed, the 35-year-old has told all of his new recruits, including NRL pairing Mark Minichiello and Steve Michaels, that they must be ready to start in just over five weeks’ time. “It is important ... Read More »

James Webster: The best young coach in Rugby League?


Super League’s newest coach has made an immediate impact at Wakefield, John Davidson sits down to hear the story behind James Webster’s early success… The best young coach in Rugby League? James Webster just might be that. Roosters boss Trent Robinson might have claims to that title and so could New Zealand Warrior’s mentor Andrew MacFadden. But at 35 Webster ... Read More »

Brett Ferres: It’s time to put things right

Brett Ferres

Huddersfield forward Brett Ferres described his side’s emphatic 57-4 loss to Wigan last Thursday as “embarrassing”, and claimed the Giants will do all in their power to avoid a repeat performance against Catalan Dragons this Friday. RELATED: Win tickets to Huddersfield Giants v Catalan Dragons Ferres told League Express: “It was really disappointing. “You work so hard throughout the year ... Read More »

Roby one of world’s top three hookers – Cunningham


James Roby is now one of the top three hookers in the world – that’s the view of Keiron Cunningham, who lavished praise on the England international after Friday’s play-off victory against Castleford Tigers. Roby inspired the Saints to an emphatic 41-0 victory against the Tigers, leaving Cunningham to describe Roby’s recent performances as “incredible”. “He’s been outstanding all season, ... Read More »

Cast your vote: Who should have been in the Dream Team?


Every week in League Express newspaper, readers are invited to share their thoughts on the hottest topics in Rugby League by voting in regular online polls. In the latest issue, the newspaper focused on the recently-named Dream Team, which caused much controversy when it was released. They have identified six players who had a case for a spot in the ... Read More »

Kris Keating released by Hull KR


Hull Kingston Rovers have reached an agreement with Kris Keating to release the half back from his contract with the club and allow him to return to Australia. The playmaker joined the Robins from Canterbury Bulldogs on a three-year contract at the start of the season but has struggled to settle in East Yorkshire for family reasons. Keating has now ... Read More »

Giants “determined” to right wrongs – Lawrence


Huddersfield loose forward Michael Lawrence is looking for a big improvement when the Giants take on Catalans Dragons on Friday (8.00pm) in their elimination play-off at theJohn Smith’s Stadium. The Giants fell 57-4 at Wigan Warriors in their first play-off game last week and Lawrence and his team-mates are determined to bounce straight back. “We let ourselves down in every ... Read More »