Hot Topic: Debating rugby league’s big issues

Welcome to a brand new feature on TotalRL.com – Hot Topic. We’re throwing open the discussion on rugby league’s biggest and hottest talking points, and want your opinions as to how the game can be improved. With the help of our Twitter followers, we’re looking for your responses to the big issues surrounding the game this week – with the…

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Daryl Powell ready for “massive” St Helens test

Castleford Tigers head coach Daryl Powell is ready for what he describes as a “massive” test for his side this Friday, as they lock horns with St Helens live on Sky Sports. The Tigers and the Saints have been two of the early pacesetters in Super League 2014, and it promises to be a mouthwatering clash at what will be…

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Nathan Brown rules himself out of Warriors job

Contrary to what his agent said earlier today, St Helens coach Nathan Brown has officially ruled himself out of the running to replace Matthew Elliott as head coach of New Zealand Warriors. “I’m quite happy and content where I am,’’ Brown told the Australian Daily Telegraph. “I’m quite satisfied at the moment. The big thing is timing and the timing…

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Phil Bentham has no regrets over Brough decision

Referee Phil Bentham has spoken out over the controversy that plagued Huddersfield’s defeat to St Helens on Sunday, as the debate rumbles on over Danny Brough’s disallowed drop-goal. The Giants were visibly incensed after the clash, which they lost 17-16. That came off the back of a Brough attempt at a one-pointer that looked through on some camera angles, but…

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Match preview: Huddersfield v St Helens

Arguably the tie of the round in the Tetley’s Challenge Cup this weekend is the tussle between last year’s league leaders Huddersfield and current table toppers St Helens. With the Saints still undefeated in 2014, it is a huge test for Paul Anderson and his men to overturn former ally Nathan Brown. The Giants have seemingly been given a huge…

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Paul Wellens to reach historic milestone tonight

There will be a touch of history attached to tonight’s Super League clash between St Helens and Leeds, as Saints stalwart Paul Wellens reaches a significant career milestone. Wellens – who made his debut for the Saints back in 1998 – will reach 413 Super League appearances if he plays for the Saints against the Rhinos tonight. That number may…

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Friday Flashback: St Helens v Leeds Rhinos

The Friday Flashback is a weekly feature that takes Friday night’s televised game in the Super League, and asks our followers on Twitter for their favourite clashes between the two sides over the years. This week we feature two sides who have some titanic tussles from down the years – Leeds and St Helens. The Super League history between the…

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Luke Walsh ‘on the mend’, says Nathan Brown

St Helens head coach Nathan Brown has revealed that star playmaker Luke Walsh is “on the mend”, as he battles to fight back from a calf injury. The Aussie has arguably been the standout player in the competition since arriving from the NRL, but he was forced off during the Saints’ victory over Catalan with the injury, which initially ruled…

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