Sunday, October 26, 2014
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James Roby: England can win the Four Nations

Daryl Clark

James Roby has backed both Daryl Clark and Josh Hodgson to step up to the mark for England in the Four Nations – and is even tipping Steve McNamara’s men to win the entire tournament. Roby will not take part in the tournament after revealing he could go in for post-season surgery on his ankle, meaning Warrington-bound Clark and Hull ... Read More »

Gareth Hock withdraws Salford transfer request

Gareth-Hock-Salford-Catalan

Salford Red Devils forward Gareth Hock has withdrawn his transfer request and will remain at the club, despite having offers from other Super League clubs and even some rugby union outfits. Back in September, the controversial former Wigan man asked to leave the club and was granted permission to look for a new employer. However, following discussions with club officials ... Read More »

James Roby: Grand Final victory best one yet

Roby

St Helens hooker James Roby claims that Saturday’s Grand Final victory is the best one he’s experienced, after Saints triumphed in the face of adversity, defeating arch-rivals Wigan 14-6 to claim their first Super League crown since 2006, when they defeated Hull FC. Having lost on five occasions since then, Roby believes that after so many injuries throughout the course ... Read More »

Cast your vote: What should Flower’s punishment be?

Ben-Flower-sent-off

Later tonight, Wigan prop Ben Flower will face the RFL’s disciplinary board and be given a ban¬†for assaulting St Helens half-back Lance Hohaia in Saturday’s Grand Final. If you haven’t seen the ruthless attack, Flower reacted badly to an off-the-ball scuffle with the New Zealander in the third minute of the encounter, punching him to the ground before striking him ... Read More »

Sean O’Loughlin wins Wigan player of the year award

Sean-O-Loughlin

Wigan captain Sean O’Loughlin has been voted player of the year at the club’s end-of-season awards dinner. It caps off a great week for the 31-year-old, who signed a new three-year contract last week and has been named England skipper for the forthcoming Four Nations competition. Matty Smith picked up the coaches’ player of the year award, while impressive winger ... Read More »

European Championship preview: Wales

John-Kear

The International Rugby League programme kicks off this weekend, and at TotalRL.com, we’re supremely excited about internationals taking centre stage once again. But as well as the Four Nations – which actually begins next weekend – there’s the small matter of a European Championship tournament with potentially huge ramifications for the winner. It was announced yesterday that should Ireland or ... Read More »

NRL: Burgess leaves Bunnies with five awards

Sam Burgess

Union-bound Sam Burgess picked up a clean sweep of awards at South Sydney’s end-of-season dinner last night. The 25-year-old, who ended his NRL career in style by winning the Grand Final with a fractured cheekbone, was named fans’ player of the year, players’ player and clubman of the year. He also picked up the George Piggins medal – given to ... Read More »

Escare out as France name 18-man squad for Ireland clash

Morgan Escare is one of Super League's best full-backs but misses out through injury

French boss Richard Agar has named his 18-man squad for this Saturday’s game against Ireland in the European Championship. Catalan Dragons’ star full-back Morgan Escare has been omitted after failing to recover from a hip injury. Despite losing their best player, the French are still clear favourites to win the competition. France’s 18-man squad to face Ireland Jean-Philippe Baile (St ... Read More »