Aaron Bower

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Players’ union chief says blame society, not rugby league, for increased drug use

• Hull KR’s Thomas Minns fourth player in a year to test positive• Recreational drug use seems more commonplace now, says CarvellThe head of the Rugby League Players’ Association has claimed that his sport does not have a problem with drugs and said th…

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2018/apr/23/players-union-blame-rugby-league-drug-use

Leon Pryce warns ‘over-coaching’ is affecting England’s ability to match Australia

• Young players must be encouraged to take risks, says Pryce• Half-back in particular a position where Kangaroos have the edgeThe former Great Britain half-back, Leon Pryce, has said young English half-backs are being “over-coached” and prevented from …

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2018/apr/18/leon-pryce-over-coaching-england-australia-rugby-league

Ben Barba happy to concentrate on helping St Helens win trophies

• Full-back in fine form at start of Super League season• Australian linked with return home having served suspensionBen Barba is unlikely to make a decision on whether he will return to the National Rugby League next season until the end of the curren…

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2018/apr/01/ben-barba-st-helens-win-trophies-super-league

Revitalised London Broncos trust in youth to fulfil Branson prophecy | Aaron Bower

Broncos are favourites for promotion to Super League with a focus on community programmes and capital-born playersAlmost 21 years have passed since Richard Branson stood on the plush turf of his London home and declared his grand vision for rugby leagu…

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2018/mar/26/london-broncos-trust-youth-favourites-promotion-super-league

Josh Charnley says he returns to rugby league a more confident player

• After 18 months in rugby union with Sale winger joins Warrington• 26-year-old signs deal until end of 2020 seasonJosh Charnley has insisted he can leave rugby union with his head held high despite cutting short his time with Sale to return to rugby l…

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2018/mar/21/josh-charnley-returns-rugby-league-warrington-wolves-sale-sharks

Salford in talks about playing Super League match in New Jersey

• Club hopeful of overcoming opposition from RFL and other teams• Catalan Dragons have said they are willing to take part in projectSalford are in discussions with the consortium behind the bid to introduce a New Jersey-based side into the Rugby Footba…

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2018/mar/18/salford-super-league-new-york

Luke Gale and Castleford gearing up for another Grand Final tilt

The reigning man of steel hopes a tough run of fixtures starting with Wigan will show Castleford can repeat last season’s heroicsLuke Gale believes Castleford’s run of games that begins with Sunday’s visit of Wigan will illustrate just how capable last…

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2018/mar/17/luke-gale-castleford-wigan

Everton CEO Robert Elstone poised to take charge of Super League

• Goodison Park CEO tempted back to rugby league by top job• Former Castleford board member has been at Everton since 2005The Everton CEO, Robert Elstone, is set to return to rugby league after being approached to take up a role as the head of Super Le…

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/football/2018/mar/13/everton-ceo-robert-elstone-super-league-rugby

Eddie Hearn offers to lead Super League revolution

• Boxing promoter offers help in raising profile of rugby league• Hearn says he ‘learned a great deal about the sport’ in RFL meetingEddie Hearn insists he and Matchroom Sport have the capability and the confidence to transform rugby league’s profile i…

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2018/mar/03/eddie-hearn-rugby-league-rescue-super-league-talks

Marc Sneyd’s flawless boot helps Hull survive fightback by Warrington

• Kicker nails six out of six shots plus a drop goal in 21-12 win• Wigan beat Widnes 32-16 after falling behind in first halfHull FC were 21-12 winners in an ill-tempered match by the Humber as they secured only their second victory of the new Super Le…

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2018/mar/02/hull-warrington-super-league-match-report-wigan-widnes

RFL persuades Wayne Bennett to continue in role as England coach

• Bennett’s next game will be Test against New Zealand in Denver• Castleford coach Daryl Powell decides against joining BennettThe Rugby Football League will confirm Wayne Bennett’s reappointment as England coach in the next 48 hours – but the Castlefo…

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2018/feb/18/rfu-persuades-wayne-bennett-continue-england-coach

Leeds taught harsh lesson by Melbourne in 38-4 World Club Challenge defeat

• Super League champions well beaten in Melbourne• Cameron Smith and Billy Slater imperious for NRL championsGary Hetherington had underlined the scale of the task facing Leeds in the World Club Challenge by saying victory over the all-conquering Melbo…

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2018/feb/16/leeds-rhinos-taught-harsh-lesson-by-melbourne-world-club-challenge-rugby-league

Wigan too hot for Hull as Super League goes to Wollongong

• Wigan Warriors 24-10 Hull FC• Ryan Sutton and Ben Flower tries help seal victoryWigan extended their unbeaten start to the season with victory over an injury-hit Hull side as Super League hosted its first-ever game outside Europe.A crowd of over 12,0…

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2018/feb/10/wigan-hull-fc-super-league-match-report-wollongong

Super League 2018 team-by-team guide: glory for resurgent St Helens?

Can Castleford challenge again? How will Leeds fare without McGuire and Burrow? And can Widnes survive? Our guide to what to expectLast season 1st (lost Grand Final) Coach Daryl Powell Captain Michael Shenton Related: Super League 2018 kicks off with s…

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/blog/2018/feb/01/super-league-2018-team-by-team-guide

Super League 2018 kicks off with some clubs unsure what they’re playing for

The season begins on Thursday but a decision is still to be made on how many clubs will be in Super League 2019While only 61 days will have passed since England’s World Cup final defeat by Australia when Warrington and Leeds get the 2018 Super League s…

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/blog/2018/jan/31/super-league-2018-kicks-off-under-a-cloud

Rhinos’ rising star Oledzki keen to shine Super League light in native Poland | Aaron Bower

The teenager from Gdansk has enjoyed a rapid rise through the ranks at Leeds and is desperate to continue on the same trajectory as the Rhinos prepare for their Grand Final defenceGdansk is one of the last places you would think of when it comes to rug…

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2018/jan/29/leeds-rhinos-mikolaj-oledzki-super-league-poland