Wednesday, April 23, 2014
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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 »

Paleaaesina wants regular starting spot

Iafeta-Paleaaesina

Hull FC prop Iafeta Paleaaesina claims he returned from a two week spell on the sidelines as a better player. The three-time New Zealand international was dropped from Lee Radford’s side after the Airlie Birds defeated Salford 30-8, missing the round eight win over Huddersfield Giants and the Hull derby in round nine. He returned for Easter Monday’s victory over ... Read More »

Moore submits EGP, misses hometown reunion

Scott-Moore

London Broncos hooker Scott Moore has submitted an early guilty plea for a high tackle and will miss his side’s Super League clash with former club St Helens on Thursday May 1. The 26-year-old was born in St Helens and made his debut for the club aged 16 in 2004. He has since played for Castleford Tigers, Huddersfield Giants, Widnes ... Read More »

Challenge Cup quarter-final draw details revealed

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The draw for the quarter-finals of the 2014 Tetley’s Challenge Cup will take place live on the BBC News channel on Monday April 28 at 6.30pm. The eight winners from this weekend’s fifth round ties will go into the draw for the quarter-finals which will be played over the weekend of June 7 and 8. Rugby League fans across the ... Read More »

Jon Wilkin ready for huge Leeds test in Challenge Cup

Jon Wilkin

St Helens forward Jon Wilkin admits his side need to be ready for opponents Leeds Rhinos in Saturday’s colossal Tetley’s Challenge Cup tie, admitting they cannot take anything for granted despite their win earlier in the season. Saints edged a 14-10 thriller back in March thanks to a late Tommy Makinson try, but Wilkin believes that the Rhinos will raise ... Read More »

Rugby League podcast: A Texas exile in Eastbourne

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In this week’s edition of ‘Rugby League Down South’, Ian Ramsdale interviews London Broncos’ top try scorer, Mason Caton-Brown, chats with London Skolars star Ryan McDonald, and learns how an exiled Texan is starting a Rugby League team in Eastbourne. As always, it’s a must-listen. Interviews in the podcast this week… 03.00: London Broncos top try scorer Mason Caton-Brown 12.00: ... Read More »

Wests Tigers support Benji Marshall NRL return

Marshall in his time at Wests Tigers. ©RLPhotos

With speculation rife over a potential Rugby League return for Benji Marshall, his former club Wests Tigers have thrown their support behind the move – even if he won’t be re-joining them. In a statement issued today, the Tigers confirmed they are not in a position to offer the New Zealand star a deal of any kind, having already moved ... Read More »

Danny Bridge recalled by Warrington Wolves

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Warrington have recalled forward Danny Bridge from his loan spell with Super League strugglers Bradford. Bridge, 21, has been with the Bulls for the last two months and made eight appearances, drawing praise from coach Francis Cummins. However, he will now head back to to the Halliwell Jones Stadium with immediate effect. “Danny has been very good for us and ... Read More »