Posted by RLFANS News Hound on Sat 22nd Oct 2016 7:21 PM
England travelled to the Parc-des-Sports in Avignon for a, pre-four nations, warm up game, the first under the custodianship of Wayne Bennett. Bennett gave five players their England debuts to herald the start of a new era; St Helens' Mark Percival and Jonny Lomax, Hull FC's Scott Taylor, Castleford's Luke Gale, and Stefan Ratchford of Warrington. Stevie Ward missed out on the seventeen after being a late addition to the squad.

This was an important build-up game ahead of the four nations with Australia, New Zealand and Scotland which gets underway next weekend and expectations were high for a big England win against a France side which was essentially the Catalans Dragons.
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Posted by RLFANS News Hound on Sat 22nd Oct 2016 9:37 AM
A late, hat-trick try from winger Aaron Jones-Bishop, from a terrific offload by skipper Wayne Reittie, saw Jamaica pull off a sensational draw with Wales in front of almost 1,400 vociferous fans in Wakefield.

The Reggae Warriors, who led 12-8 at the break, produced, arguably, the most important result in their history, having also beaten Ireland last weekend on their first games in Europe.

Team manager Glenn Morrison was full of praise for his men who cranked up the volume in their dressing room post-match in celebration. “We’ve come a long in the few months we’ve been together and in these couple of games,” he said.
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Posted by RLFANS News Hound on Sun 16th Oct 2016 8:24 AM
Steve Prescott Charity Expedition to Everest

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It's official, #Everest4Precky has now started. All 4 planes landed safely into Lukla. What a ride. Seeing Mt Everest just wow. 41 people now ready to do what we have spent 12 months working towards. 11 long & tough days ahead. Your messages are a joy to read, every team member needs them.
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Posted by RLFANS News Hound on Wed 12th Oct 2016 4:00 PM
This year’s Must Attend Event for all Rugby League fans!

Supporters Direct’s Voice of the Fans conference will be held on the morning of Saturday 29th October at the RFL’s archive, Heritage Quay, at the University of Huddersfield.

We are very pleased to announce this year’s Voice of the Fans keynote speaker as Brian Barwick, Chairman of the Rugby Football League and a board member of the Rugby League International Federation.
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Posted by RLFANS News Hound on Sat 8th Oct 2016 8:01 PM
A whole season in the making, the Warrington Wolves and Wigan Warriors clashed at Old Trafford in the fight for the ultimate prize, the Grand Final Trophy.

The game was too close to call. Warrington finished atop the pile at the end of the regular season, but Wigan were second. Warrington won two out of three meetings in 2016 but it was Wigan who won the last encounter, a thriller at the Halliwell-Jones, where they stole victory despite being reduced to twelve men.

No-one knew whether this would be the first time that the name Warrington Wolves would be etched onto the trophy, or whether Wigan would be able to end a two game losing Grand Final run. A full-house was all-set for a classic for the nineteenth Grand Final.
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Posted by RLFANS News Hound on Sat 8th Oct 2016 5:37 AM
All eyes turn to Old Trafford on Saturday evening for the culmination of the 2016 domestic rugby league calendar as Warrington Wolves take on Wigan Warriors for the top prize in the game, the Super League trophy.

The bookies are struggling to choose between the two, making Warrington the slightest of favourites, as the top side in the league take on the team who finished in second place.

Both sides have previous Grand Final experience but only Wigan have their name on the trophy.
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Posted by RLFANS News Hound on Sat 1st Oct 2016 5:04 PM
The culmination to the 2016 season for Hull KR and Salford Red Devils would see one of the sides relegated to the Championship while the other would take their place in Super League for 2017.

There is no denying that the 'Million Pound Game' concept is cruel to one, and come five o'clock would be devastating to one of these sides, but it brings unrivalled and unparalleled excitement to the seasons end.

Eighty-one minutes would ultimately determine who would be smiling and who would be shedding tears.
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Posted by RLFANS News Hound on Fri 30th Sep 2016 10:08 PM
An Old Trafford date with the Warrington Wolves awaited the winner of tonight's second semi final between the second placed Wigan Warriors and Challenge Cup winners Hull FC.

The Warriors are in form and on the back of a three game winning run, including an 18-12 victory over tonight's opponents. Hull's form has taken a downward spiral since they picked up silverware, with just one win since Wembley, and a loss last week against the Wolves which saw them finish the Super 8's in third.

FC were without captain and talisman Gareth Ellis but Wigan also had their troubles and were missing Ben Flower through suspension and captain Shaun O'Loughlin and full-back Sam Tomkins both through injury.
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Posted by RLFANS News Hound on Thu 29th Sep 2016 9:56 PM
Fresh from their win at Hull FC last weekend, securing the Minor Premiership, top of the table were at the Halliwell-Jones to take on their nemesis, St Helens, in the play-off semi-final. The Wolves home form against Saints is dreadful, losing their last seven encounters and with only two home wins against their near neighbours since the start of Super League.

Saints know what it takes to get to a Grand Final, having featured in ten of the eighteen finals, and they welcomed back James Roby into the form side in competition. Warrington also had a returnee in the shape of Kurt Gidley, adding strength and experience in the halves.

It would be the end of the season for one of these sides, the other would be starting preparations for a trip to Old Trafford and the Grand Final.
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Posted by RLFANS News Hound on Sun 25th Sep 2016 4:52 PM
The final weekend of the Qualifiers would determine the final automatic Super League 2017 position (either Huddersfield Giants or Hull KR), and also determine who would be playing in the million pound game next weekend.

The loser of the game between the Giants and KR would be the home team against either Salford Red Devils or, should Salford slip up against Batley Bulldogs, the London Broncos. If the Broncos could beat Featherstone by sixty points more than Salford beat Batley, then the Broncos would also make the million pound game.
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Posted by RLFANS News Hound on Fri 23rd Sep 2016 9:58 PM
It was a fitting end to the Super 8s as the top two met at the KCOM Stadium in Hull with the winners taking the Minor Premiership and the loser likely to be passed by Wigan and drop to third spot where they would be playing away in the semi-finals next weekend.

Tony Smith made a number of positional and personnel changes after last weekends loss to the Warriors, when they should have been sealing the minor premiership as he hoped his side would stop an unchanged FC completing the second leg of their intended 2016 treble.

A win tonight would make, or a loss could break, respective seasons.
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Posted by RLFANS News Hound on Thu 22nd Sep 2016 10:07 PM
With both the Rhinos and the Centurions already guaranteed Super League places for next season all that was to play for at Headingley was the pride of finishing at the top of the Super 8s Qualifiers table.

As an added incentive, the Bev Risman Trophy would be competed for for the first time in honour of the Leeds and Leigh legend.

Leigh brought a five month long unbeaten record to Headingley and we're taking on a Rhinos side who lost at Huddersfield last weekend and who were without a handful of regular first-teamers including McGuire, Burrow, and Garbutt.
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Posted by RLFANS News Hound on Sun 18th Sep 2016 5:04 PM
With the Leeds Rhinos and Leigh Centurions already confirmed for Super League in 2017 all attention turned to the third automatic promotion place and the intrigue of which sides would be involved in the Million Pound Game.

The Red Devils trip to London Broncos looked to be crucial, as did the Huddersfield Giants home game with Leeds Rhinos and Hull KR's trip to Featherstone Rovers.

It would be a crucial and surprising week in the Qualifiers.
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Posted by RLFANS News Hound on Sat 17th Sep 2016 6:41 PM
Fifth space was up for grabs as the Catalans Dragons entertained the Castleford Tigers at the Stade Gilbert Brutus in Perpignan. The Tigers needed a win and hope that they won and that the Dragons would lose in the final round next weekend.

A win for the Dragons would seal fifth spot for the home side, and confirm that the Tigers would end the season in sixth.

The Tigers were without talisman Rangi Chase who was suspended as the Dragons looked to end their home fixtures for the season on a high.
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Posted by RLFANS News Hound on Sat 17th Sep 2016 4:54 PM
It was simply a 'must win' game for both Salford Red Devils and London Broncos as they met in the Saturday afternoon Super Eights Qualifier at the A.J. Bell Stadium.

A fifty-seven point win would see the Red Devils up into third spot ahead of tomorrow's games. This would see them in the final automatic promotion berth, but a loss would see them odds on for the Million Pound Game.

Anything but a win for the Broncos would signal the end of their promotion hopes and would rule them out of the Million Pound game.
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