2017 World Cup Qualifier : South Africa v Lebanon – Preview

Lebanon and South Africa have named their 19-man squads for Sunday’s opening 2017 Rugby League World Cup Middle East Africa Qualifier, at the Bosman Stadium, Brakpan outside Pretoria, and both are confident of gaining an early advantage in the two-game series. “We have had a great preparation,” said South Africa coach Brian Greige. “For the past two weeks we have…

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Leeds Rhinos admit “concern” after Aiton contacted by ASADA

Leeds Rhinos chief executive Gary Hetherington has said that hooker Paul Aiton has finally been contacted by the Australian Anti-Doping Agencey (ASADA), and admits there is “concern” over a potential ban for the star after new reports emerged Down Under. Aiton was named as one of 17 past and present Cronulla Sharks players who were facing investigation over the club’s…

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Paul Aiton not offered ASADA deal, Aus media reports

The Sydney Morning Herald are reporting potential bad news for Leeds Rhinos’ Paul Aiton – as well as two other former Cronulla Sharks stars – today, after it was revealed the hooker has reportedly not been offered a backdated ban by the Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority. Current Cronulla captain Paul Gallen – as well as nine other current NRL players…

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Leeds Rhinos’ Zak Hardaker in dark over investigation

Leeds Rhinos full-back Zak Hardaker has revealed he has been given no indication as to when the investigation over an alleged homophobic comment will be concluded – but has called on those involved to come to a speedy resolution, regardless of the result. It has now been over two weeks since the alleged incident during Leeds’ loss to St Helens,…

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Is Zak Hardaker set for another lengthy ban?

The RFL have confirmed to League Express that they are investigating an alleged incident that took place in last Friday’s Leeds Rhinos v St Helens match – with several media outlets reporting it to be involving an alleged use of homophobic language from Leeds’ Zak Hardaker. BBC Look North are reporting that it is Hardaker who is under investigation, and…

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Leeds Rhinos winger toasted at Lance Todd ceremony

Ryan Hall joined an elite band of players to lift Rugby League’s most coveted man of the match award on Wednesday evening when he was presented with the Lance Todd Trophy. The Leeds Rhinos winger secured the award with an outstanding two-try display in his club’s 23-10 victory over Castleford Tigers at Wembley Stadium last Saturday and received the Lance…

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McDermott is best coach I’ve worked with: Bailey

Leeds Rhinos prop Ryan Bailey insists Brian McDermott is the best coach he has ever worked with, and says he is the boss that has got the best out of him in his carer. Bailey admits he is a “hard bloke to work with” at times, and says that McDermott seems to understand him more than any other coach he’s…

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Challenge Cup Final: The stats that matter

Castleford Tigers and Leeds Rhinos meet for the first time in a Challenge Cup final on Saturday, so with that in mind, here’s TotalRL.com’s handy guide to all the milestones and statistics that truly matter ahead of this mouthwatering event. It will be only the fourth time the clubs have met in a final, having previously contested the 1968-69 Championship…

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Opinion: Challenge Cup has fairytale ending whoever wins

It’s been described as the most anticipated Challenge Cup Final since the showpiece event returned to Wembley – and for either Castleford Tigers or Leeds Rhinos, Saturday will provide the culmination of a fantastic and enthralling Rugby League tale. Both Castleford and Leeds’ journey to the Wembley final is the stuff of Hans Christian Andersen-type writing, such is their fairytale…

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Sinfield ready to exorcise Wembley demons

Leeds Rhinos captain Kevin Sinfield is ready to put his Wembley hoodoo to bed this weekend by finally lifting the Challenge Cup – but insists he won’t be having painful flashbacks about his previous experiences at the national stadium. Sinfield lost three straight Challenge Cup Final matches between 2010 and 2012 at Wembley, before enduring the heartbreak of that late…

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