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Watts facing lengthy ban after biting charge

Hull prop Liam Watts is facing a heavy suspension after being charged with biting an opponent.

Watts is facing a ban after being charged with biting an opponent Credit: Press Association

The 25-year-old former Hull KR forward is accused of biting fellow front rower Adam Walker in the Hull derby at the KC Lightstream Stadium a fortnight ago.

Watts was charged by the Rugby Football League's match review panel, which normally makes its recommendations on the Monday after each game but were forced to wait for the findings of a formal investigation into the incident.

Watts is facing a grade E offence, which carries a ban of between four and eight matches.

He has started each of Hull's last 16 matches but, if he is found guilty and handed the most severe punishment, his season would be over.

Watts does not have the option of submitting an early-guilty plea and so will appear before an independent disciplinary tribunal next Tuesday, three days before Hull play the first of seven matches in the Super 8s.

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Rumble in the Humber: Coyle and Campbell face off

Olympic champion Luke Campbell and his one time mate Tommy Coyle came face to face today at the final press conference ahead of their world title eliminator at Hull KR's Craven Park on Saturday night.

The fight, which is being billed as the 'Rumble in the Humber' is bringing out the best of the city's friendly rivalries, as John Shires reports:

Bruce up for Championship fight despite KC departures

As expected Hull City have today sold both defender James Chester to West Brom and Robbie Brady to Norwich.

Brady didn't travel with the team to their pre-season training camp in Austria, but our sports reporter Chris Dawkes did.

He has been speaking to manager Steve Bruce about his plans for the coming season after the club were relegated from the Premier League in May:

Divers pick up team Gold at World Championships

Rebecca Gallantree from City of Leeds diving won a brilliant gold for Great Britain on Wednesday at the World Aquatics Championships in Kazan.

Tom Daley delivered a stunning fourth dive in their six-stage combination in the team event, with four of the six judges scoring it a perfect 10.

The British pair totalled 434.65 points, putting them ahead of Ukraine, who took second place, and bronze medallists China.

I can't quite believe it. It's a little bit surreal at the moment. To be honest, I'm gutted I didn't do a front like that in the synchro but obviously there's lots of positives to take out of it and I'm really looking forward to my individual now.

– Rebecca Gallantree

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Super 8s rugby league fixtures announced

The Super 8s rugby league fixtures for 2015 have been released.

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The full schedule is as follows:

First Utility Super League Super 8s – Round by Round

Round 1

  • 06 August 2015 Wigan Warriors v Huddersfield Giants 8.00pm
  • 07 August 2015 Castleford Tigers v Hull FC 8.00pm
  • 07 August 2015 Leeds Rhinos v Warrington Wolves 8.00pm
  • 08 August 2015 Catalans Dragons v St Helens 6.00pm

Round 2

  • 13 August 2015 Castleford Tigers v Warrington Wolves 8.00pm
  • 14 August 2015 Huddersfield Giants v Catalans Dragons 8.00pm
  • 14 August 2015 Leeds Rhinos Wigan v Warriors 8.00pm
  • 14 August 2015 St Helens v Hull FC 8.00pm

Round 3

  • 20 August 2015 St Helens v Huddersfield Giants 8.00pm
  • 21 August 2015 Warrington Wolves v Wigan Warriors 8.00pm
  • 21 August 2015 Hull FC v Leeds Rhinos 8.00pm
  • 22 August 2015 Catalans Dragons v Castleford Tigers 6.00pm

Round 4

  • 03 September 2015 Huddersfield Giants v Castleford Tigers 8.00pm
  • 04 September 2015 Leeds Rhinos v St Helens 8.00pm
  • 05 September 2015 Wigan Warriors v Catalans Dragons 3.00pm
  • 06 September 2015 Warrington Wolves v Hull FC 3.00pm

Round 5

  • 10 September 2015 Castleford Tigers v St Helens 8.00pm
  • 11 September 2015 Wigan Warriors v Hull FC 8.00pm
  • 12 September 2015 Catalans Dragons v Leeds Rhinos 6.00pm
  • 13 September 2015 Huddersfield Giants v Warrington Wolves 3.00pm

Round 6

  • 17 September 2015 Leeds Rhinos v Castleford Tigers 8.00pm
  • 18 September 2015 Hull FC v Huddersfield Giants 8.00pm
  • 18 September 2015 St Helens v Wigan Warriors 8.00pm
  • 19 September 2015 Warrington Wolves v Catalans Dragons 3.00pm

Round 7

  • 25 September 2015 Huddersfield Giants v Leeds Rhinos 8.00pm
  • 25 September 2015 Hull FC v Catalans Dragons 8.00pm
  • 25 September 2015 St Helens v Warrington Wolves 8.00pm
  • 25 September 2015 Wigan Warriors v Castleford Tigers 8.00pm
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The Qualifiers Super 8s – Round by Round

Round 1

  • 08 August 2015 Leigh Centurions v Hull KR 3.00pm
  • 09 August 2015 Bradford Bulls v Sheffield Eagles 3.00pm
  • 09 August 2015 Halifax RLFC v Widnes Vikings 3.00pm
  • 09 August 2015 Salford Red Devils v Wakefield Wildcats 3.00pm

Round 2

  • 15 August 2015 Wakefield Wildcats v Bradford Bulls 3.00pm
  • 16 August 2015 Hull KR v Halifax RLFC 3.00pm
  • 16 August 2015 Salford Red Devils v Leigh Centurions 3.00pm
  • 16 August 2015 Widnes Vikings v Sheffield Eagles 3.00pm

Round 3

  • 22 August 2015 Leigh Centurions v Wakefield Wildcats 3.00pm
  • 23 August 2015 Bradford Bulls v Salford Red Devils 3.00pm
  • 23 August 2015 Sheffield Eagles v Halifax RLFC 4.15pm
  • 23 August 2015 Widnes Vikings v Hull KR 3.00pm

Round 4

  • 05 September 2015 Halifax RLFC v Salford Red Devils 3.00pm
  • 06 September 2015 Bradford Bulls v Widnes Vikings 3.00pm
  • 06 September 2015 Hull KR v Wakefield Wildcats 3.00pm
  • 06 September 2015 Leigh Centurions v Sheffield Eagles 3.00pm

Round 5

  • 12 September 2015 Wakefield Wildcats v Widnes Vikings 6.00pm
  • 13 September 2015 Halifax RLFC v Leigh Centurions 3.00pm
  • 13 September 2015 Hull KR v Bradford Bulls 3.00pm
  • 13 September 2015 Salford Red Devils v Sheffield Eagles 3.00pm

Round 6

  • 18 September 2015 Sheffield Eagles v Hull KR 7.45pm
  • 19 September 2015 Wakefield Wildcats v Halifax RLFC 6.00pm
  • 20 September 2015 Leigh Centurions v Bradford Bulls 3.00pm
  • 20 September 2015 Widnes Vikings v Salford Red Devils 3.00pm

Round 7

  • 27 September 2015 Bradford Bulls v Halifax RLFC 3.00pm
  • 27 September 2015 Hull KR v Salford Red Devils 3.00pm
  • 27 September 2015 Sheffield Eagles v Wakefield Wildcats 3.00pm
  • 27 September 2015 Widnes Vikings v Leigh Centurions 3.00pm
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Kingstone Press Championship Shield Super 8s – Round by Round

Round 1

  • 09 August 2015 Dewsbury Rams Hunslet Hawks 3.00pm
  • 09 August 2015 Featherstone Rovers Whitehaven 3.00pm
  • 09 August 2015 London Broncos Doncaster 3.00pm
  • 09 August 2015 Workington Town Batley Bulldogs 3.00pm

Round 2

  • 15 August 2015 Whitehaven v London Broncos 6.30pm
  • 16 August 2015 Batley Bulldogs v Dewsbury Rams 3.00pm
  • 16 August 2015 Doncaster v Featherstone Rovers 2.00pm
  • 16 August 2015 Hunslet Hawks v Workington Town 3.00pm

Round 3

  • 23 August 2015 Dewsbury Rams v Whitehaven 3.00pm
  • 23 August 2015 Doncaster v Batley Bulldogs 2.00pm
  • 23 August 2015 London Broncos v Hunslet Hawks 3.00pm
  • 23 August 2015 Workington Town v Featherstone Rovers 3.00pm

Round 4

  • 31 August 2015 Dewsbury Rams v London Broncos 3.00pm
  • 31 August 2015 Featherstone Rovers v Batley Bulldogs 3.00pm
  • 31 August 2015 Whitehaven v Hunslet Hawks 3.00pm
  • 31 August 2015 Workington Town v Doncaster 3.00pm

Round 5

  • 06 September 2015 Batley Bulldogs v Whitehaven 3.00pm
  • 06 September 2015 Featherstone Rovers v Dewsbury Rams 3.00pm
  • 06 September 2015 Hunslet Hawks v Doncaster 3.00pm
  • 06 September 2015 London Broncos v Workington Town 3.00pm

Round 6

  • 11 September 2015 Hunslet Hawks v Featherstone Rovers 7.30pm
  • 13 September 2015 Doncaster v Dewsbury Rams 2.00pm
  • 13 September 2015 London Broncos v Batley Bulldogs 3.00pm
  • 13 September 2015 Workington Town v Whitehaven 3.00pm

Round 7

  • 19 September 2015 Whitehaven v Doncaster 6.30pm
  • 20 September 2015 Batley Bulldogs v Hunslet Hawks 3.00pm
  • 20 September 2015 Dewsbury Rams v Workington Town 3.00pm
  • 20 September 2015 Featherstone Rovers v London Broncos 3.00pm

Key dates:

  • October 3-4 – First Utility Super League Super 8s semi-finals and The Million Pound Game
  • October 4 – Kingstone Press Championship Shield Final
  • October 10 – First Utility Super League Grand Final

James Chester leaves Hull for West Brom

James Chester has completed his transfer from Hull City to West Brom for an undisclosed fee.

Credit: Press Association
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