Saturday, October 25, 2014
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Challenge Cup excites, not worries me – JJB

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Jamie Jones-Buchanan admits his career would be incomplete without a Challenge Cup victory with Leeds Rhinos – but said instead of worrying about it, the challenge of lifting the trophy simply excites him. Jones-Buchanan is part of a core of Rhinos stalwarts that have never lifted the famous Challenge Cup trophy, with Leeds’ last success coming in 1999. However, ‘JJB’ ... Read More »

Form is irrelevant, says Leeds Rhinos boss

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Form means nothing when it comes to the Challenge Cup semi-finals – that’s the view of Leeds Rhinos boss Brian McDermott, as they take on their arch-rivals Warrington with a place in the final at stake tomorrow. The Rhinos are heading into the game off the back of a shock defeat against local rivals Bradford, whilst the Wolves managed to ... Read More »

Bradford Bulls aiming for 30-strong squad in 2015

Steve Ferres (left) and Marc Green (right). ©BradfordBulls

Bradford Bulls managing director Steve Ferres has said the club are looking to put together a squad of 30 players for next season, as they continue to prepare for life in the Championship. The Bulls currently have eight players on their books for next season – including four new recruits. And, speaking to the Telegraph and Argus, Ferres said the ... Read More »

Batley Bulldogs player charged with using homophobic abuse

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Batley Bulldogs player Lee Paterson has been charged with using homophobic abuse to another player in the 72nd minute of a Kingstone Press Championship fixture against Leigh Centurions played on Sunday August 3. Patterson was dismissed by the referee and will face a Grade E charge when he appears before an independent disciplinary tribunal next Tuesday (August 5). No other ... Read More »

Opinion: London Broncos are shaping up just fine for 2015

London Broncos coach Joey Grima

After 23 straight defeats in Super League, you’d perhaps be able to forgive London Broncos for walking around with their tail between their legs. After all, they’re on course to become the first Super League side in the modern era to go a whole regular season without winning a game. However, since their relegation was confirmed, they have quietly gone ... Read More »

Wigan Warriors player banned for doping breach

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UK Anti-Doping has handed down a two-year suspension to Rhys Pugsley after he was found guilty of breaching the RFL’s anti-doping regulations. Pugsley, a player registered with the Wigan Warriors Academy, tested positive for metabolites of methandienone, an anabolic steroid.  Methandienone was detected in a sample provided at an out-of-competition test on April 22, 2014. The suspension applies from May ... Read More »

Thursday XIII: Challenge Cup Kings

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There’s only one path we could have gone down this week for our Thursday 13; given how it’s Challenge Cup semi-final weekend, we had to ask you for your iconic cup greats! In truth, there were a whole host of stars we could have picked from over 100 years of cup action, but we threw the challenge out to you ... Read More »

Opinion: Super League’s French entrée has to be cultivated

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On Friday night I was privileged to be a guest of the Catalan Dragons chief executive Christophe Jouffret for dinner prior to the game between the Dragons and Warrington Wolves. I’d spent the week in Perpignan and had taken the opportunity to sample the café culture in the heart of the city, as well as heading out to the beach ... Read More »

Mantellato open to Super League switch

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Newcastle Knights winger Ben Mantellato admits he is open to the possibility of moving to Super League, as reported interest from Hull FC intensifies on both sides of the world. Lee Radford’s men are believed to be interested in the services of Mantellato – who is the leading points scorer in New South Wales Cup, with 168 points to his ... Read More »

Wigan Warriors winger hoping to be fit for play-offs

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Wigan Warriors winger Joe Burgess has revealed he is targeting a return to full fitness in time for the Super League play-offs – despite initially being expected to miss the remainder of the season. Burgess has been a revelation since bursting onto the scene this year, with the 19-year-old already having scored 19 times in 2014. However, despite a nasty ... Read More »