Thursday, April 24, 2014
Rugby League News

Rugby League News

Haven ready for strong Crusaders’ challenge

Whitehaven coach Dave Woods revealed North Wales Crusaders will be familiar opponents in Sunday’s Kingstone Press Championship clash. Woods said: “I’ve seen some of their games this year, and they’ve also signed a couple of players we were talking to, so we know a bit about what to expect. “I’m sure they’ll be ready for this game and will want ... Read More »

Benji Marshall free to make Rugby League return

Benji Marshall

Benji Marshall has been released from his contract with Rugby Union side Auckland Blues, paving the way for a seemingly imminent return to Rugby League. Marshall had asked for a release from his contract in the 15-man code, which was granted yesterday by the club. Marshall expressed his gratitude for the decision in a statement made by the club, and ... Read More »

Glenn Stewart to replace Sam Burgess at Rabbitohs

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South Sydney Rabbitohs have announced the signing of Manly stalwart Glenn Stewart for the 2015 season, as they continue to prepare for life after Sam Burgess. With Burgess heading back to England to play Rugby Union for Bath, the signing of Stewart is seen as an almost direct replacement for the Englishman, who will leave at the end of the ... Read More »

Jordan Rankin looking to build Hull FC halves partnership

Jacob Miller - one half of Hull's latest halves pairing. ©RLPhotos

Hull FC half-back Jordan Rankin has called for patience as he and halves partner Jacob Miller begin to put together a long-term pairing at the heart of FC’s creative setup. The two Australians have played together in the halves for the last four outings, and have largely impressed as the Black and Whites continue to push up the table. Amazingly, ... Read More »

Wakefield Trinity Wildcats chairman maintains quit threats

Richard Agar has supported his chairman's comments in the past. ©RLPhotos

Wakefield Trinity Wildcats chairman Michael Carter has maintained he will quit Rugby League should the Bradford Bulls succeed in overturning their points penalty for going into administration. Carter told journalists two weeks ago that he would walk away from the game should new owner Marc Green be able to eliminate the six competition points the Bulls were docked as a ... Read More »

Win tickets to every major Rugby League final this year

Leeds Rhinos winning the 2012 Grand Final. ©RLPhotos

League Express, Britain’s best-selling weekly Rugby League newspaper, has announced it is to release its first ever digital-only edition on Thursday April 24. The issue is designed to give Rugby League fans access to all the reports, stats and analysis from the Easter week Super League games without having to wait until Monday for the print edition to come out. ... Read More »

Steve McNamara turned down Trent Hodkinson

Trent Hodkinson landing a winning field-goal for Canterbury Bulldogs

Canterbury prop James Graham has revealed England boss Steve McNamara turned down a chance to take talented Bulldogs team-mate Trent Hodkinson to the 2013 World Cup. Hodkinson is one of the NRL’s best half-backs on current form and has guided Graham’s Bulldogs to their last two wins with last-minute field goals. He was born in Australia and is tipped to ... Read More »

Sonny Bill Williams not part of Kiwi plans

Sonny Bill Williams. ©RLphotos

New Zealand head coach Stephen Kearney has confirmed that Sydney Roosters star Sonny Bill Williams will not be selected for the annual Anzac Test against Australia on May 2. The 29-year-old, who has represented his country in both codes, has already announced his intention to return to rugby union at the end of this season for the 2015 World Cup, ... Read More »

NRL to honour McKinnon with medal

Alex McKinnon

The NRL are considering awarding a medal named in honour of Alex McKinnon to the man of the match in New South Wales’ annual City-Country fixture. Recognised as a trial for the State of Origin matches in Australia, City-Country sees a side representing Sydney’s metropolitan area go up against the remainder of the New South Wales state. McKinnon, a promising ... Read More »

Benji Marshall could join Cronulla this week

Benji Marshall

Reports suggest NRL outfit Cronulla Sharks are close to landing the signature of New Zealand legend Benji Marshall, who had a contract with rugby union outfit Auckland Blues terminated earlier this week. The 29-year-old, who failed to make an impression after switching codes from Wests Tigers last summer, has been linked with several NRL clubs – and even Salford Red ... Read More »