Friday, November 28, 2014
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Sick Australians have until Friday


Australia’s quartet of sick players have until Friday to prove their fitness for the Four Nations final – with boss Tim Sheens admitting they can’t afford to take a risk over anyone’s fitness ahead of a huge game. After Greg Inglis was cleared to play in the opener against New Zealand – before leaving the field at half-time due to ... Read More »

Huddersfield confirm 2015 friendlies


Huddersfield Giants are intending to play two pre-season friendlies in preparation for the 2015 season – with West Yorkshire rivals Bradford and Halifax the opponents. The Giants are likely to send a full strength squad to Odsal on the 18th January to face the Bulls – in a game which will pit two former Super League rivals together. The club ... Read More »

Shayne Hayne calls time on 14-year career


NRL referee Shayne hayne has announced his retirement from officiating professional Rugby League matches following 14 years and over 320 matches in charge. The 47-year-old, who will become a mentor to the game’s emerging whistleblowers, went out on a high in the 2014 NRL Grand Final. In total, the Australian has refereed four Grand Finals, 14 State of Origin matches, ... Read More »

Hetherington sees Graham in Cuthbertson


Leeds Rhinos chief executive Gary Hetherington believes new signing Adam Cuthbertson and England prop James Graham have similar qualities. Former Newcastle front-rower Cuthbertson is expected to make his debut on Boxing Day after joining his new club in early December. “I believe he will be a terrific signing, not only for Leeds Rhinos, but also for Super League,” he said. ... Read More »

Joe Burgess wins Albert Goldthorpe Rookie of the Year medal


Joe Burgess has been awarded the League Express Albert Goldthorpe Rookie of the Year Medal. The Wigan winger, who has just turned 20, made his debut for the Warriors as an 18-year-old in August 2013 against Hull KR, adding one more appearance last season before enjoying a meteoric rise to prominence in 2014, scoring 17 tries in 20 Super League appearances ... Read More »

Deacon will be an outstanding coach, says Tomkins


England full-back Sam Tomkins believes former Great Britain star Paul Deacon will be an “outstanding” coach. The former Bradford and Wigan pivot is currently on the coaching staff with both the Warriors and England, and many feel the 35-year-old is to thank for the impressive attacking exploits of both sides. “Everybody knows he was a great player and I think ... Read More »

Hodgson “embarrassed” and “angry” following door smash


England and Canberra hooker Josh Hodgson says he is “embarrassed” and “angry” at his own “stupidity” after he was caught on video charging through a student dormitory door in New Zealand following England’s Four Nations exit on Saturday. The former Hull KR star gave the NRL and his new club a bad first impression when the footage emerged of him, ... Read More »

Ben Barba joins Cronulla on three-year deal

Ben Barba

Elusive Australian full-back Ben Barba has quit Brisbane Broncos and signed a three-year deal with Cronulla Sharks believed to be worth $800,000 (£440,000) per year. The 25-year-old former Dally M medal winner left the Queensland club as part of new coach Wayne Bennett’s restructuring. He was also pursued by Parramatta Eels and North Queensland Cowboys but the extra money Cronulla ... Read More »

Paul Gallen fine reduced by NRL

Paul Gallen

The NRL has suspended $15,000 of the $50,000 fine slapped on Cronulla Sharks captain Paul Gallen for his recent abusive social media outburst. The Australia and New South Wales star, who is currently serving a ban for being involved in a banned supplements programme with his club, insulted an NRL official following news Cronulla chairman Steve Noyce was to be ... Read More »

Phil Bentham to referee Four Nations final

Phil Bentham. ©RLPhotos

Leigh-born Super League referee Phil Bentham has been selected to officiate the Four Nations final between New Zealand and Australia on Saturday. The 43-year-old, who took charge of this year’s Super League Grand Final and had to dismiss Wigan’s Ben Flower, was chosen by a three-man selection panel. New Zealand’s Henry Perenara and Australia’s Bernard Sutton have been appointed as ... Read More »

Wigan Warriors re-sign Lee Mossop from Parrammatta


Wigan Warriors have announced the signing of former England front-rower Lee Mossop on a three year deal. The 25-year-old joined Parramatta Eels at the end of 2013 but failed to make an impact in the NRL due to injury. The Wigan Academy graduate said: “I want to thank Parramatta Eels for giving me the chance to play in the NRL and experience a ... Read More »