RFL confirms long-awaited return of mandatory reserve grade for 2020

The RFL and Super League have confirmed that mandatory reserve grade will finally return next season. As revealed in League Express earlier this year, the 11 English top-flight clubs have approved a proposal for all Super League clubs, and clubs with Category 1 funded Academies outside Super League – Widnes Vikings and Bradford Bulls – to have a mandated reserve…

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Today’s results

FEATHERSTONE ROVERS climbed above Leigh Centurions in the Championship by beating them 24-20. Rovers are now fourth and while Leigh occupy the fifth and final play-off place. Whitehaven, coached by Gary Charlton (pictured), are two points clear at the top of League One after a 16-10 home win over Oldham, who fell from second to third after being overhauled by…

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Giants earn much-needed win at Salford

Huddersfield Giants registered a vital victory at Salford tonight, winning 18-36 to ease their relegation worries and putting pressure on their rivals near the foot of the table. But in the early stages a young Giants side looked as though it could we overwhelmed as the Red Devils took command. Salford scored two tries in the first 15 minutes from…

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Broncos continue defying the odds (from Monday’s League Express)

MARTYN SADLER reflects on the unexpected rise of the London Broncos. At the start of the season Sky Sports would have looked at the fixture list and wondered which London Broncos home fixtures they would feature in their broadcast schedule. Inevitably they would have expected, like everyone else, that the Broncos would struggle to win a game this season. I…

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Super League’s complex web of player moves

By MATTHEW SHAW and AARON BOWER (from League Express) The potential departure of Junior Vaivai from Hull Kingston Rovers is the hidden catalyst for several transfers across Super League, including Robert Lui from Salford to Leeds, to fall into place. This website exclusively broke the news of Lui’s imminent switch across the Pennines from Salford to the Rhinos on Saturday,…

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Albert Goldthorpe Table tightens up

This season’s Albert Goldthorpe Medal table shows possibly the tightest ever race for top place, with only three points separating the top seven candidates after 19 rounds of Super League fixtures. The two leaders are St Helens fullback, Lachlan Coote and Castleford Tigers prop forward, Liam Watts are now both on 20 points, after Watts drew level with one point…

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Premium: Further changes to marquee ruling proposed in Super League

The future of the marquee player ruling could be subject to change once again in the coming weeks and months. League Express understands that discussions have taken place in recent weeks – though without any concrete developments – about the possibility of a THIRD marquee player being allowed. The proposals have received a mixed reaction, however.. To read more about…

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Today’s results

LUKE CRESSWELL’S hat-trick helped Barrow pull off an impressive 38-16 win at Championship rivals Featherstone. Coach Paul Crarey, pictured, can reflect on successive wins, and his side are now level on points with third-bottom Dewsbury, who lost 40-0 to Leigh, as they battle to avoid the drop. Bradford and York were the division’s other winners. New South Wales levelled the…

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