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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RFL appoint new Commercial Director

The RFL have announced the appointment of Chris Rawlings as Commercial Director. Rawlings, 45, joins the governing body with an impressive track record in delivering commercial success in the sports and entertainment industries, having previously worked with some of the world’s biggest brands. He will have responsibility for increasing commercial revenue across Rugby League, working with current sponsors and establishing…

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RFL to launch dual-registration investigation

The RFL have launched an investigation into claims that three Championship clubs fielded ineligible players regarding the dual-registration system last weekend. Under the current rules, Championship clubs cannot play any player on dual-registration from now until the end of the season, unless they have played in three or more Championship games before the registration deadline of July 25. The RFL…

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Preview: Our exclusive chat with RFL’s Ralph Rimmer

In Monday’s League Express, we speak one-on-one with RFL Chief Operating Officer Ralph Rimmer regarding the highly controversial restructure of the game from 2015. After the plans were announced in more detail at a meeting this past Thursday, League Express sat down with Rimmer and asked him about the big decisions moving forward in the game. You can read that…

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New Rugby League structure revealed by RFL

Full details of the exciting new league structure that will come into operation in 2015 for Rugby League’s professional and semi-professional competitions have been outlined today. From next season the First Utility Super League and Kingstone Press Championship will both feature 12 clubs, whilst Kingstone Press Championship One will be renamed as Kingstone Press League 1 and comprise 14 clubs.…

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Halifax player suspended over gambling breaches

Halifax player Rob Worrincy has been suspended for six months after being found guilty of breaching the sport’s rules relating to betting. An RFL Operational Rules Tribunal handed down the suspension after Worrincy admitted placing a series of bets, including bets on matches in which he played, between May 2012 and September 2013. Worrincy was investigated after his betting activity…

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RFL Commercial Director to leave role

RFL Chief Executive Nigel Wood has paid tribute to the contribution made to the sport by Commercial Director James Mercer, who is leaving the governing body to join the Lawn Tennis Association. Mercer, 45, has been a key figure in the delivery of the RFL’s commercial strategy in the last two years, a period that has seen the sport build…

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