Friday, September 19, 2014
Rugby League News

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Ellis and Oakes named players of the week

Andy Ellis. ©RLPhotos

Featherstone Rovers hooker Andy Ellis and Hunslet Hawks second rower John Oakes have been voted the Kingstone Press Players of the Week. Ellis was dominant in Featherstone’s 32-26 win against Batley Bulldogs, while Oakes produced a tireless display in Hunslet’s 31-12 triumph over Oxford. Every week each coach in both Kingstone Press Championship competitions is contacted to help produce the ... Read More »

Challenge Cup: Semi-final draw live on BBC 2


The draw for the semi-finals of the 2014 Tetley’s Challenge Cup will be broadcast live on BBC 2 following the completion of the Bradford Bulls v Warrington Wolves quarter-final at The Provident Stadium, Bradford on Sunday June 8. The four winners from this week’s quarter-finals will go into the draw for the semi-finals, which will be played over the weekend ... Read More »

Carl Ablett picks up two-match suspension


Leeds utility Carl Ablett has been banned for two games after admitting kicking Joel Monaghan in the Rhinos’ 24-6 loss to Warrington Wolves on Friday. The England international will miss Friday’s Challenge Cup clash with Leigh as well as the important Super League encounter with Huddersfield the week after. Elsewhere, Wakefield prop Richard Moore was given a one-match ban for ... Read More »

Higham has appetite for more Challenge Cup glory


Warrington Wolves hooker Micky Higham believes that defeat in the Tetley’s Challenge Cup semi-final last year has only sharpened his appetite to win the sport’s most coveted trophy for the fourth time in his career. However Higham is aware his team have a tough battle to face first in their quarter-final against Bradford Bulls at The Provident Stadium on Sunday ... Read More »

Airlie Birds embroiled in contract court case

Former Hull FC full-back Shannon McDonnell. ©RLPhotos

Hull FC are being taken to court by former full-back Shannon McDonnell, who claims they went back on an offer of an extended contract. The 26-year-old Australian claims he entered talks with former coach Peter Gentle about extending his two-year deal, but new boss Lee Radford withdrew the offer. McDonnell felt an agreement had already been reached and was so ... Read More »

Danny Kirmond: Agar one of best coaches I’ve worked under


Wakefield captain Danny Kirmond has paid tribute to outgoing coach Richard Agar, who he credited for his development as a player. Agar stood down from his role at the West Yorkshire club yesterday, 24 hours after losing to relegation rivals Bradford, but insisted results were not to blame. Kirmond, who claimed to have “mixed emotions”, told the Yorkshire Evening Post: ... Read More »

Richard Agar: Why I left Wakefield

Richard Agar. ©RLphotos

Former Wakefield coach Richard Agar says a desire to compete was the reason for his departure from the Wildcats yesterday. The French national coach, who is Trinity’s 10th longest serving boss, revealed he had made his decision to step down a month ago and insisted it was not related to a run of poor results. Agar told the Yorkshire Evening ... Read More »

Harrison adds new Fax half-back


Halifax coach Karl Harrison has announced the signing of former St Helens junior Danny Yates. The half-back, 21, spent seven games on dual registration with Rochdale Hornets last year before joining French outfit Union Treiziste Catalane. Harrison says he plans to test the former England Academy star out in his under-20s before making a decision on his first-team future. “Danny ... Read More »

Jamie Langley: Rovers deserve a flogging


Hull KR forward Jamie Langley has describe Sunday’s convincing loss to Castleford Tigers as his side’s “low point of the season” and says he expects a “flogging” in training this week. The Robins conceded 50 points for the first time this year after being completely outplayed by an in-form Castleford side – and it is not going to get any ... Read More »

Four Super League players charged


Four players have been charged with offences committed in First Utility Super League Round 15 fixtures. Carl Ablett of Leeds Rhinos has been charged with Grade C kicking on Warrington Wolves player Joel Monaghan in the 72nd minute of a match played at The Halliwell Jones Stadium on Friday May 30. An allegation that Zak Hardaker of Leeds Rhinos made ... Read More »

Leeds Rhinos not underestimating cup rivals


Leeds loose forward Chris Clarkson insists the Rhinos won’t under-estimate Leigh Centurions when they host the Championship leaders in a Tetley’s Challenge Cup quarter-final at Headingley Carnegie Stadium on Friday June 6 (8.00pm). Clarkson is expecting a tough battle for the coveted semi-final spot against the sport’s only undefeated team in 2014 with Leigh having won all 16 league games ... Read More »