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Super 8s to be scrapped after clubs vote through restructuring changes for 2019

• Super League get their way over one-up, one-down structure• Lower league clubs say change will lead to financial uncertaintyThe Super 8s are to be replaced with a conventional one-up, one-down structure between the Super League and the Championship a…

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RFL accused of trying to ‘cajole’ smaller clubs over Super League reform vote

• EGM to vote on scrapping Super 8s and changes to funding• Championship clubs fear proposals could threaten financesThe Rugby Football League has been accused of “working underhandedly” with Super League to try to manipulate the outcome of arguably th…

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Warrington’s Stefan Ratchford: ‘I turned down Liverpool to play league’

The veteran full-back is set for his third Wembley final and, with Warrington favourites to prevail in Challenge Cup against Catalans Dragons, he has no regrets over his choice of careerStefan Ratchford, as a veteran of several Challenge Cup and Super…

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Warrington’s Price wary of Challenge Cup final underdogs Catalans Dragons

• Wolves head coach denies his side are clear favourites• Catalans’ McNamara reveals personal Wembley heartacheThe Warrington coach, Steve Price, has rejected the idea his side are the clear favourites to win Saturday’s Challenge Cup final against Cata…

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Catalans Dragons could change rugby league with Challenge Cup victory | Aaron Bower

A Wembley win against Warrington could be league’s biggest moment in France since the 1940sAmong all the traditions and fanfare that comes with the Challenge Cup final, it is typical of rugby league to argue that, no matter the result, history will be …

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Jamie Jones?Buchanan: ‘Rugby league and faith is an incredible journey’ | Aaron Bower

The 37-year-old Leeds veteran explains how his Christian faith has underpinned his career and why he would be keen for at least another year playing for his hometown clubGrowing up in a working?class suburb of Leeds dreaming of becoming a professional …

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Future of Super League Super 8s close to agreement, says Robert Elstone

• Most Super League clubs want Super 8s to be scrapped• We’re hopeful we’ll find something that works for everybody’The Super League’s new chief executive, Robert Elstone, said he and the leading clubs remain committed to replacing the Super 8s play-of…

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Toronto Wolfpack ready to sink their teeth into chance to create history

Rugby league’s transatlantic trailblazers begin their bid for a place in the Super League against Halifax on SundayAfter 18 relatively trouble-free months the biggest challenge in Toronto Wolfpack’s short history begins this weekend. Rugby league’s tra…

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Shaun Edwards admits rugby league return with Wigan represents risk

• Club legend will take over as Wigan coach in 2020• Championship side London beat Widnes in QualifiersShaun Edwards admits he is taking a risk by returning to rugby league in 2020 but insists the opportunity to return to Wigan as their coach was too a…

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Shaun Edwards to make league return as Wigan Warriors head coach in 2020

• Wales coach will replace Shaun Wane after 2019 World Cup• Adrian Lam to lead Warriors on interim basis next seasonShaun Edwards will return to rugby league in 2020 as the Wigan head coach after fulfilling his commitments with Wales rugby union side f…

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Challenge Cup’s overdue day in the Bolton sun is a chance to shine

Sunday’s showcasing of the St Helens v Catalans and Warrington v Leeds semi-finals on the BBC is just what rugby league’s most prestigious competition needsFor many rugby league followers, Sunday’s Challenge Cup semi-finals provide the sport’s most pre…

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St Helens’ James Roby: ‘I’ll be in the pub watching these lads still playing’

The 32-year-old is one of only two survivors from the 2008 Challenge Cup victory and is targeting an overdue Wembley return as captain of a youthful, resurgent side“I’ve probably got enough experience for the entire squad on my own,” says the St Helens…

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Halifax stick to principles and wait for their reward

Halifax are outspent by many in the Championship but they are having a good run at promotion to Super LeagueThese are fascinating times in rugby league’s Championship. Toronto Wolfpack comfortably lead the way heading into this weekend’s final round of…

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Bradford Bulls rebuild to bounce back through rugby league’s ranks

The four-times Super League champions endured liquidation and relegation to the third tier but Sunday’s local showpiece against York hints that good times could soon returnWhile being billed as the Game of the Year in one corner of west Yorkshire may b…

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RFL’s £2m losses include over £300,000 to part company with Nigel Wood

• Former chief executive’s severance deal revealed in accounts• Depreciation in Odsal Stadium’s value contributed to lossesThe former chief executive of the Rugby Football League, Nigel Wood, will be paid more than £300,000 as part of his severance pac…

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Leeds Rhinos legend Kevin Sinfield returns to club as director of rugby

• Former captain retired in 2015 after winning treble• James Lowes will be first-team coach at HeadingleyKevin Sinfield has described the opportunity to return to Leeds as too good to resist after being unveiled as their director of rugby in a radical …

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England show best of rugby league in dazzling Denver defeat of New Zealand

• Colorado contest a shot in the arm for the game• American audience treated as England showcase their talentFor once the result was not necessarily the priority for England in Denver on Saturday night. While the performance and the 36-18 victory over …

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Sam Burgess urges England to showcase rugby league in Denver

• England face New Zealand at Mile High Stadium• Burgess calls on England to do the sport justice in AmericaSam Burgess urged his England teammates to “do the sport justice” when they face New Zealand on Saturday in a Denver showcase for international …

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State of Mind leads rugby league’s pioneering work on mental health

The experiences of former forward Paul Highton and ex-referee Ian Smith are testament to the value of Super League’s dedicated State of Mind round of fixturesIt did not take Paul Highton long to realise something was wrong. “On Sunday I’d played my las…

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Super League decides to scrap controversial Super 8 format

• One-up, one-down relegation system to return in 2019• Super 8 structure ‘isn’t working’ says Robert ElstoneThe Super 8 structure will disappear at the end of this season with a return to a more conventional one-up, one-down format between Super …