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  1. Catalans Dragons stand-off Samisoni Langi has signed a new two-year contract with the French club, meaning that the Tongan International will remain at the Gilbert Brutus Stadium until the end of the 2021 campaign. Langi, 26, joined the Dragons in 2018 and he has scored six tries in 40 games for the club. A former Australian Schoolboys representative, Langi made… View the full article
  2. Justin Holbrook has defended his decision to rest numerous key players ahead of this week’s Challenge Cup semi-final. The Saints coach left out the vast majority of his leading stars for their defeat to London, which moved the Broncos level on points with Leeds and Hull Kingston Rovers at the bottom of Super League. Some have criticised Holbrook for damaging… View the full article
  3. Salford City Roosters have ended their membership of the Kingston Press National Conference League. In a statement earlier this morning RFL Competitions Officer Alan Smith said: “I regret to inform you that Salford City Roosters have with immediate effect withdrawn from The NCL. A full statement will be made in due course.” He continued: “Their outstanding fixtures will be awarded… View the full article
  4. It’s as you were at the top of the Albert Goldthorpe Medal table after St Helens rested their key players in defeat in London while Warrington suffered at the hands of Castleford Tigers. The top three are unmoved but Jordan Abdull joins Liam Watts and Jackson Hastings in fourth after starring in the Broncos’ defeat of the league leaders. Meanwhile,… View the full article
  5. Halifax head coach Simon Grix insists they will not fear St Helens as they go out in search of one of the greatest Challenge Cup upsets of all time. The Championship part-timers face the daunting prospect of taking on Super League’s runaway leaders in Saturday’s second semi-final. For Halifax, who are in the last four for the first time since… View the full article
  6. Brian McDermott has acknowledged the jeers during Toronto’s trophy presentation. Boos were heard inside the Select Security Stadium as the Wolfpack lifted the Championship League Leaders’ Shield for the second year running. Clearly unimpressed, McDermott questioned the benefit of those who booed his side after they picked up a 24-19 win at Widnes. He told Sky Sports News: “I can’t… View the full article
  7. Edinburgh Eagles overcame an 18 point deficit to defeat Strathmore Silverbacks and claim the 2019 Scottish Cup, at Scottish Police’s Lochinch ground in Pollok Park, Glasgow. The result was decided in the final play, Eagles prop Terry Logan forcing his way over for his second touchdown to secure a 30-22 victory. Eagles chairman Barry McGuffog, said: “We knew the game… View the full article
  8. Here's the lowdown! It's semi-final weekend! We have pieces from the various camps, including Saints star Regan Grace. Derek Beaumont outlines his plans for Leigh following their spending spree and another player who will join in 2020. On Leigh, why didn't Mitch Clark go to Wigan? We have that covered inside. An injury update on Halifax captain Scott Murrell after he was hospitalised at the weekend with a neck injury. Will he be fit for the semi-final? A swap deal was set to take place between two Super League clubs this week, only for it to collapse. We have the details. We speak to the West Wales Raiders, who registered their first win on Saturday for almost two years. Our editor Martyn Sadler congratulates Toronto Wolfpack on winning the Championship League Leaders' Shield and he discusses the dilemma currently facing St Helens coach Justin Holbrook. Garry Schofield explains why he believes that Warrington's Blake Austin shouldn't be selected for England, and he explains why we can't compare the international Rugby League and Cricket teams. Our Championship correspondent Gareth Walker speaks to Gareth Hock, who announced his retirement from Rugby League recently. Available in shops Monday or to read online via your smart device, simply head to www.totalrl.com/le or download the League Express app from your App Store now.
  9. London Broncos moved level on points with Leeds and Hull Kingston Rovers following a 32-12 win over league leaders St Helens. Matty Fleming scored twice against his former club to help secure London’s eighth league win of the season against a Saints side without several key stars in preparation for the Challenge Cup semi-final. The Rhinos fell to a late,… View the full article
  10. This afternoon’s game between Heworth and Salford City Roosters in the Third Division of the Kingstone Press National Conference League is off. NCL Administrator Alan Smith confirmed, shortly before 1.00pm, that the Roosters, who are bottom of the table, are unable to raise a team. Conference bosses will now set a new date for the fixture. Heworth, who have won… View the full article
  11. Both of this afternoon’s fixtures in the West Division of the Southern Conference League have been postponed. There will be no action at All Golds or at Swindon St George, where Cardiff Blue Dragons and Torfaen Tigers were to have been the respective visitors. Cardiff are unable to raise a team, while SCL bosses have yet to reveal the reason… View the full article
  12. Huddersfield Giants gained a vital 12-18 victory tonight at Hull Kingston Rovers, easing their relegation fears while piling on the agony for their hosts. Both sides played cautiously in the first half, with the Giants looking nervous early on. Rovers took the lead in the seventh minute when Kane Linnett touched down Josh Drinkwater’s grubber, with Craig Hall converting. But… View the full article
  13. Penrith Panthers’ remarkable run of form continued with a comfortable 40-18 win over St George Illawarra Dragons, their seventh win in a row. After Brent Naden was denied by a shoulder from Matty Dufty in one corner, Brian To’o showcased his athletic ability to ground James Maloney’s kick to give Penrith the lead in the other. Then Naden finally got his… View the full article
  14. Blake Green kicked a field goal with four minutes to go to earn a deserved 19-18 win over Cronulla Sharks who have now lost five in a row. Issac Luke gave the hosts the lead with a penalty but the Sharks replied through tries from Briton Nikora and an excellent score for Chad Townsend featuring great work from Matt Moylan… View the full article
  15. Edinburgh Eagles take on Strathmore Silverbacks in the 2019 Scottish Cup Final tomorrow (Saturday 20 July), at Scottish Police’s Lochinch ground in Pollok Park in Glasgow writes Phil Caplan. The game culminates an encouraging season for open age Rugby League in Scotland, with Glasgow playing their first competitive games and Fife Lions returning to the fold after a numbers of… View the full article
  16. Leigh Centurions have signed Castleford Tigers prop forward Mitch Clark until the end of the current season. Clark, 26, will join Wigan Warriors on a three-year contract beginning in 2020 but will be available to the Centurions for the rest of the campaign. Leigh head coach John Duffy said: “I coached Mitch at Fev last year and he’s come on… View the full article
  17. Leigh Centurions have secured the permanent signing of Junior Sa’u from Salford Red Devils on a contract to the end of the 2020 season. Junior Sa’u said: “I’ve had an awesome six years at Salford and thought I’d end my career there. I’d like to thank everyone at Salford from the bottom of my heart for the welcome they gave… View the full article
  18. The Stats Bulletin is back for its 25th week and there are as many facts and figures as ever covering everything from Thursday night’s game between Wigan and Wakefield in Super League and the League 1 clashes on Sunday. Dive in! TotalRL Stats Bulletin View the full article
  19. Wales head coach John Kear has named an elite train-on squad for the next two years. Kear will use the 35-man elite train-on squad to select players for this autumn’s 9s World Cup and next year’s European Championship. The elite train-on squad has been created for 2019 and 2020 to bring together a pool of elite Welsh players, and to… View the full article
  20. Judith Cummins, the MP for Bradford South, has called on the Secretary of State for Transport, Chris Grayling MP, to intervene to stop the transport chaos that is set to occur over the August Bank Holiday weekend when fans will be traveling down to Wembley for the Challenge Cup Final. The Bradford MP, who is the Chair of the All… View the full article
  21. Brisbane Broncos halted Canterbury Bulldogs’ two-game winning streak with a competent 28-6 victory. In a historic game, featuring a female referee for the first time in Belinda Sharpe (below), the Broncos were led ably by Kotoni Staggs who scored his first career double. The Broncos had the better of the opening exchanges and Staggs opened the scoring with a penalty… View the full article
  22. Mitch Clark is set to join Championship side Leigh for the rest of this season after leaving Castleford Tigers with immediate effect. Clark has already agreed to join Wigan next season, but it is understood the Tigers were resistant in regards to any approach from the Warriors over him making the move early. And now, the club have confirmed he… View the full article
  23. The England 2019 Elite Squad is announced and includes Aussie born Blake Austin. Is this an outrage and if so why? Hasn’t anyone noticed something like this before? Blood is no stranger to Rugby League but slightly strange is the title of a new comic called ‘Rugby Blood’ courtesy of former Super League player turned actor, Keith Mason. We find out what the story behind it is all about - and the story between the pages. Can Batley make a date with Wembley after their golden point win against York in the 1895 cup? An 80 minute encounter with the Eagles on July 28 will reveal all. And, from Big Brother to the Betfred Championship, is Channel 4 serious about a TV deal? Sharing their opinions with host Matt Shaw are actor and former Super League player Keith Mason, Batley CEO Paul Harrison and journalist Phil Caplan. Watch Rugby League Back Chat today at 5pm (repeated 8pm) on Freesports TV. Check the Freesports TV website for listings and how to access the channel.
  24. On this week's Total Rugby League Show, we've got plenty of domestic and international Rugby League discussion, Super League match previews, as well as a look at Championship and League 1. Host Ben Hughes is joined by Rugby League World Editor Matthew Shaw, and by League Express NRL reporter Alex Davis. We're also joined by Jamaica Head Coach Jermaine Coleman, to talk about their upcoming Autumn International against the England Knights.
  25. NORTH WALES UNDER 16S swept to a 48-20 win over SOUTH WALES in the recent triple-headed WALES ORIGIN DAY. Lewis Pinder, Oscar Fisher and Ben Mayhew bagged a brace apiece, Alfie Hewitt chipped in with a a try and four goals and there were touchdowns for Luke Thomas and Ewan Skuse, with Josh Atkinson improving a couple of scores. Morgan… View the full article
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