Wednesday, April 16, 2014
Rugby League News

Rugby League News

Kearney: Six points in our situation is massive


Bradford full-back Brett Kearney says he was delighted to discover the Bulls have lodged an appeal for the six-point deduction handed down by the RFL as punishment for going into administration in January, and believes it could make a big difference to their fortunes in 2014. “That’s something that’s not in our control but, as a player, at least you ... Read More »

Strong ticket sales for Magic Weekend 2014


The First Utility Super League’s two-day spectacular, Magic Weekend is proving a Box Office smash with unprecedented levels of advance sales for the event at the Etihad Stadium, Manchester, on May 17 and 18. Over 30,000 tickets have already been snapped up for Magic Weekend, which sees a full round of seven First Utility Super League fixtures played over two ... Read More »

Hull FC make one change to derby squad


Hull FC coach Lee Radford has made one change to his 19-man squad for the huge derby clash against cross-city rivals Hull Kingston Rovers on Thursday night. After a resounding victory over Huddersfield last time out, Radford has been given another boost, as half-back Richard Horne comes back into the mix for the game. He replaces Aaron Heremaia, with Horne ... Read More »

Bulls reveal clean bill of health

Francis Cummins. ©RLPhotos

Bradford Bulls coach Francis Cummins has named a full-strength 19-man squad to face Leeds Rhinos in Thursday night’s West Yorkshire derby. Cummins welcomes back Tom Olbison after a two-week absence, while Danny Bridge has been named in the 19-strong lineup following a loan deal extension. The returns of Lee Gaskell, Adam Sidlow and Matt Diskin over the past fortnight means ... Read More »

Wane: We need to up our game to face Saints

Wigan coach Shaun Wane. ©RLPhotos

Wigan Warriors coach Shaun Wane hopes to see a change in attitude from his players when they take to the field against St Helens on Good Friday. The Super League Champions made it four league wins on the bounce against London Broncos on Friday, but Wane was less than impressed with what he witnessed. The Warriors found themselves 10-0 down ... Read More »

Iestyn Harris happy to be a Devil


Iestyn Harris has a contract to coach Salford until the end of 2016. And, despite leading the club to its first win under his tenure at Bradford on Friday night, insists he is planning for long term success, rather than short term panaceas, although his immediate aim is to generate a winning culture. “Every coach’s ambition is to win every ... Read More »

Robins chairman Hudgell to appeal RFL fine

Hull KR chairman Neil Hudgell. ©RLPhotos

Hull Kingston Rovers Chairman Neil Hudgell is to appeal against a fine of £1,000 imposed by the RFL for his criticism of the its disciplinary process. Hudgell lambasted the RFL after Rovers prop Justin Poore was suspended for three matches for a tackle in the Robins’ 16-0 win over Bradford. He claimed that the governing body’s match review panel was ... Read More »

Key Saints duo set for lengthy lay-offs

Anthony Laffranchi. ©RLPhotos

St Helens forwards Willie Manu and Anthony Laffranchi are set to spend weeks on the sidelines after picking up injuries in their side’s dramatic win over Castleford on Friday. Manu, an eleven-time Tongan international, has both fractured and dislocated his thumb and will be out for six to eight weeks, while Laffranchi, who has five caps for Australia, has an ... Read More »

Jamie Shaul piles praise on FC forwards


Hull FC full-back Jamie Shaul has added his voice to the praise being piled on the Black and Whites’ forward pack following their comprehensive victory over Huddersfield Giants last Thursday. Coach Lee Radford singled out Garreth Carvell and Mickey Paea in his post-match press conference and now Shaul has got in on the act. “I thought our pack were massive ... Read More »

Chris Tuson loving Jacob Miller partnership


Hull FC second-rower Chris Tuson claims playing alongside young Australian half-back Jacob Miller has brought the best out in him. The former Wigan forward, 24, has impressed in recent weeks after recovering from a neck injury sustained in pre-season. He said: “When I first signed, Radders [coach Lee Radford] asked me which side I wanted to play on and whether ... Read More »

Referee error costs Dragons first Melbourne win in 15 years

The Dragons were distraught following their last-gasp loss. ©Action

An NRL investigation has revealed that Melbourne Storm’s 80th minute match-winning try against St George-Illawarra Dragons yesterday should not have counted, as the full-time hooter sounded before the last play of the ball. In real-time, it was impossible to tell whether the siren or the play of the ball came first, but the referee gave the benefit of the doubt ... Read More »

George Burgess suspended for tripping


South Sydney Rabbitohs front-rower George Burgess has picked up his second suspension of the season, after he was found guilty of tripping Penrith Panthers full-back Matt Moylan. The England international, 21, submitted an early guilty plea and will miss one match – Friday’s mouth-watering clash with James Graham’s Canterbury Bulldogs. The ban comes less than a month after Burgess missed ... Read More »