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Feb 21

Castleford dismiss Zak Hardaker after failed drug test

• Full-back tested positive for cocaine in 2017• Hardaker awaits judgment from UK Anti-DopingZak Hardaker is a free agent as he waits to discover his punishment for failing a drug test in September. The former Leeds and England full-back was dropped by…

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2018/feb/21/castleford-dismiss-zak-hardaker-failed-drugs-test-cocaine

Feb 15

Shaun Lunt marks 300th game with try as Hull KR beat Catalans Dragons

• Hull KR 23-4 Catalans Dragons• Catalans without win in Super League since JulyHull Kingston Rovers recorded their first victory since promotion back to Super League with this comfortable victory against a lacklustre Catalans Dragons side.The Robins h…

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2018/feb/15/hull-kr-catalans-dragons-super-league-match-report

Feb 11

Castleford delighted to resist spirited late rally from Widnes

• Castleford 13-12 Widnes• Tigers bounce back from St Helens mauling for first win of 2018In the run-up to this game the Castleford coach, Daryl Powell, insisted he would have taken even the narrowest of victories as long as it meant the Tigers’ season…

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2018/feb/11/castleford-widnes-super-league-match-report

Feb 08

Why is there a Super League game in Wollongong? How about why not? | Matt Cleary

The bold move to stage an English regular season game in Australia may be a smart one tooThe Super League is coming to Wollongong, the beachside city-suburb in the Illawarra shire an hour south of Sydney and a world away from the M62 corridor in northe…

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2018/feb/09/why-is-there-a-super-league-game-in-wollongong-how-about-why-not

Feb 08

Jimmy Keinhorst inspires Leeds fightback in victory over Hull KR

• Leeds 20-11 Hull KR• Rhinos head to Melbourne on back of second straight winLeeds Rhinos warmed up for next week’s World Club Challenge against Melbourne by extending their unbeaten start to the season, with a Jimmy Keinhorst hat-trick leading them t…

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2018/feb/08/leeds-hull-kr-super-league-match-report

Feb 02

St Helens’ Mark Percival stuns Castleford with hat-trick of tries

• St Helens 46-6 Castleford• Salford 12-40 Wigan; Hull KR 6-28 WakefieldSt Helens brought last season’s grand finalists Castleford down to earth with a bump on the opening Betfred Super League weekend.Saints thumped Cas 46-6 at the Totally Wicked Stadi…

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2018/feb/02/st-helens-mark-percival-stuns-castleford

Feb 01

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

Jan 29

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

Jan 08

Kato Ottio: Widnes Vikings and Papua New Guinea player dies at the age of 23

• Ottio was due to travel to UK this week after signing from Canberra• Widnes confirm player developed ‘sudden health issue’ in trainingWidnes have announced that their new signing, Kato Ottio, has died at the age of 23. Ottio was due to travel to the …

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2018/jan/08/widnes-vikings-signing-kato-ottio-dies-while-training

Dec 22

Will new rugby league clubs in the US and Canada pick up college footballers?

Youngsters who do not make it in the NFL could take up a new career if rugby league clubs spring up in New York, Boston, Hamilton or PhiladelphiaBy Gavin Willacy for No Helmets Required, part of the Guardian Sport NetworkSo that was the off-season: thr…

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/no-helmets-required/2017/dec/22/rugby-league-nfl-college-football-us

Oct 17

Meet the USA Rugby League World Cup captain … and organic food entrepreneur

Mark Offerdahl grew up in Australia, played club rugby in France and Wales, became an entrepreneur in London, and is about to captain USA at a World CupBy Gavin Willacy for No Helmets Required, part of the Guardian Sport NetworkMark Offerdahl will skip…

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/no-helmets-required/2017/oct/17/mark-offerdahl-rugby-league-usa-world-cup-captain-food

Oct 12

Super League awards: the complete review of the 2017 season | Aaron Bower

It was a season to remember for Leeds and for Castleford’s Luke Gale, while Wakefield bucked the big-spending trend and Toronto Wolfpack showed a glimpse of the futureHad these awards been published a fortnight ago, it could have been so easy to go for…

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2017/oct/12/super-league-awards-complete-review-2017-season

Oct 10

Rugby league has not got a problem with drugs, says England coach Denis Betts

• ‘This is a society issue … I can’t see what Zak Hardaker was thinking’• Depleted England ready to head for Australia on Thursday and World CupSenior members of England’s coaching and playing staff have denied that rugby league has a wider issue with …

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2017/oct/10/rugby-league-no-problem-drugs-england-denis-betts

Oct 06

Leeds legends aim to end era by crushing Castleford fairytale in Grand Final | Aaron Bower

Danny McGuire and Rob Burrow want to end their Leeds playing careers with another title against their neighbours Castleford at Old Trafford

The home grounds of Castleford Tigers and Leeds Rhinos lie less than 20 miles apart. As local rivalries go, they do not get much more intense. That much will be evident on Saturday night when their two worlds collide at Old Trafford in the 20th Super League Grand Final.

They may be close as the crow flies but the two clubs are a long way apart in many other respects. This is David versus Goliath, played out on the sport’s biggest stage – and, even though the pre-match chatter has been dominated by Zak Hardaker’s omission from Castleford’s squad for a breach of club rules, it still has all the makings of a classic.

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2017/oct/06/mcguire-burrow-leeds-castleford-grand-final-preview

Oct 05

Castleford ready to cap rapid rise and achieve the unthinkable in Grand Final

Four years ago the club almost went out of business but they have soared under Daryl Powell and can fulfil the dream of former owner Jack Fulton on Saturday

On Saturday it will be 10 years to the day since Castleford won rugby league’s Championship to earn promotion to Super League. “Ten years? It feels like a lifetime,” says their captain, Michael Shenton, who played in that match against Widnes as a teenager. Before this extraordinary season that had been the extent of Castleford’s recent success but come Saturday night, against Leeds at Old Trafford, the Tigers could be crowned Super League champions.

There are rugby league-mad towns, and then there is Castleford. Only a few miles from Leeds and Wakefield, this little pocket of West Yorkshire eats, sleeps and breathes the sport. They are playing in the Grand Final for the first time – though they will do so without their outstanding full-back, Zak Hardaker, who was dropped on Thursday for a breach of club rules – and the town with a population of only 40,000 will feel empty.

Related: Castleford’s Zak Hardaker out of Grand Final because of ‘breach of club rules’

Related: Luke Gale wins man of steel award and aims for Super League Grand Final glory

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2017/oct/05/castleford-rapid-rise-unthinkable-grand-final-daryl-powell

Oct 05

Castleford’s Zak Hardaker out of Grand Final because of ‘breach of club rules’

• Tigers drop England full-back in run-up to biggest game in their history
• Hardaker had enjoyed stunning season after move from Leeds

The England international Zak Hardaker has been dropped by Castleford for Saturday’s Super League Grand Final following a breach of club rules.

Only 48 hours after finishing second behind his Castleford team-mate Luke Gale in the 2017 Man of Steel awards and with the club’s first-ever appearance in the Grand Final days away, Hardaker has been omitted from the Tigers’ 19-man squad to face Leeds at Old Trafford.

Related: Luke Gale wins man of steel award and aims for Super League Grand Final glory

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2017/oct/05/zak-hardaker-castleford-miss-grand-final-breach-club-rules-rugby-league