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Hull FC and Salford sit out weekend games due to Covid positive tests

Super League fixtures reworked to provide four fixturesHull in self-isolation amid call to switch testing to later in weekHull FC and Salford have stood down from their Super League fixtures this weekend due to a series of positive Covid-19 tests at Hu…

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Rugby league in turmoil after five Hull FC players test positive for Covid

Training sessions cancelled following resultsSalford’s players tested but results not yet received Super League has suffered a major blow just two weeks on from the competition’s resumption, after a number of Hull FC players, who played in Sunday’s fix…

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Wakefield Trinity owner backs players who collectively failed to take a knee

‘There is no way we will isolate someone for religious beliefs’Trinity linked arms and stood in unison in front of Wigan playersThe owner of a Super League club whose players collectively decided against taking a knee has denied anyone involved is raci…

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Folau inspires stirring Catalans comeback to sink Castleford

Castleford 14-40 CatalansControversial Australian takes Super League centre stage againThe Super League restart was 100 minutes old for Catalans, but at around 4.30pm on Saturday, the Dragons’ fiercest critics were already sharpening their knives. Humi…

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‘They will go to hell and back’: a taste of Super League-style fitness training | Aaron Bower

A single session with a Super League fitness coach sheds light on how demanding the restart is going to be for the playersThe smile on Ade Gardner’s face as I pull into Warrington Wolves’ training ground reminds me what I have agreed to put myself thro…

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Super League determined to step up as it resumes amid uncertainty | Aaron Bower

Lockdowns, abandoned fan-attended pilots and Wolfpack’s withdrawal means league resumes in strange circumstancesIt has been four painstaking months Robert Elstone will be keen to forget. In mid-March, the Super League chief executive stood on the steps…

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RFL asks Halifax’s Ed Barber for explanation on lockdown tweet

Player posted message after restrictions imposedBAME rugby league stars respond to BarberThe Rugby Football League has asked the Halifax player Ed Barber to explain his actions after a tweet made by the 30-year-old in relation to the latest coronavirus…

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Judd Trump says Hamilton ‘selfish’ to withdraw from world championship

Anthony Hamilton qualified but withdraws over health fearsTrump says late decision deprives another their Crucible chanceJudd Trump has hit out at Anthony Hamilton for withdrawing from the World Snooker Championship on the eve of the tournament, callin…

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Super League on course for return after players agree scale of pay cuts

Wigan and Castleford were final two clubs to settleToronto want to come back in 2021 after withdrawalSuper League clubs have unanimously agreed pay cuts with their playing squads, after weeks of discussions with players and the Rugby League Players Ass…

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Toronto Wolfpack exit Super League season casting doubt on club’s future

Team cites ‘overwhelming financial challenges’ for decisionToronto intend to play next year but face stern oppositionToronto Wolfpack have withdrawn from the remainder of the Super League season before its restart next week, casting doubt over the Cana…

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New RFL president Clare Balding wants women’s game to become professional

Balding takes over as Tony Adams’s successor ‘Capitalising on next year’s World Cup is a golden opportunity’Clare Balding is hoping to use her two-year term as the president of the Rugby Football League to maximise the potential of women’s rugby league…

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Jermaine Coleman calls on rugby league to do more to support BAME players

RFL did not reprimand those who made social media comments‘This is the time for change,’ says London Skolars head coachThe only black head coach in British rugby league has called on the Rugby Football League to do more to support black, Asian and mino…

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Super League clubs could have grounds to challenge relegation, says top lawyer

‘Integrity of relegation compromised’ by shortened seasonClubs want it scrapped this year but RFL yet to make decisionAny side relegated from Super League this year could have strong grounds to mount a legal challenge against the decision, a leading sp…

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Wigan Warriors aim to buy troubled football neighbours Wigan Athletic

Rugby league club’s bid led by chairman Ian LenaganChampionship team appeal against 12-point penaltyThe rugby league club Wigan Warriors have announced their intention to buy their troubled neighbours Wigan Athletic. The Super League side, who share th…

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Super League players set for further pay cuts to ease financial pressure

Players had already agreed 30-50% reduction from April to JuneGarreth Carvell: ‘We’d like to set it to a maximum cut of 15%’Super League players are set to take further pay cuts for an indefinite period as the chief executive of one of the competition’…

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Shortened Super League season to resume on 2 August with triple-header

Season cut from 29 to 22 rounds of matchesOnly top four will compete for November Grand FinalThe Super League season will resume on Sunday 2 August with a triple-header event that will include the champions, St Helens, after clubs approved proposals fo…

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RFL asked to investigate social media posts about Black Lives Matter

At least one person has referred allegedly racist remarks to RFLJermaine Coleman said posts were ‘inciting racism and violence’The Rugby Football League will decide within the next few days whether a series of allegedly racist posts on social media lin…

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Super League clubs face £280,000 hit after Sky Sports agrees revised TV deal

New terms reflect lack of televised games during pandemicReduction in £37m deal delayed until 2021 to help clubsSuper League clubs each face a significant six-figure reduction in funding next year after the competition agreed a revised deal with Sky Sp…

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Days 500, games zero: England devise new battle plan for RL World Cup | Aaron Bower

With no Ashes to hone England for next year’s World Cup, training camps will become more important than ever for Shaun Wane’s squadThe prospect of an England side spending the 500 days leading up to a home World Cup without a single game is certainly u…

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Days 500, games zero: England devise new battle plan for RL World Cup | Aaron Bower

With no Ashes to hone England for next year’s World Cup, training camps will become more important than ever for Shaun Wane’s squadThe prospect of an England side spending the 500 days leading up to a home World Cup without a single game is certainly u…