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Kavanagh joins Wakefield on loan

Super League strugglers Wakefield Wildcats have signed Widnes forward Ben Kavanagh on loan for the rest of the season.

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The 27-year-old Scotland international is under contract with the Vikings until 2016 and has appeared in six of their 10 Super League matches so far this year but was not guaranteed a regular spot in coach Denis Betts' team.

"Ben is just on the edge of our first-team squad so the opportunity to play with the Wakefield team for the remainder of this season will give him the chance to get some regular first-team action," Betts said.

Wakefield, bottom of the table after losing their last eight matches, have been badly hit by injuries and have lost the services of George Griffin (Salford) and Jordan Hand (St Helens) following the expiry of their month-long loan deals.

Wildcats coach James Webster said: "I was lucky enough to have played with Ben at Widnes when he was just starting out his career. He will add some size and speed to an area we have been short in over the past six weeks."

Huddersfield Giants complete Jordan Cox signing

Huddersfield Giants have signed Hull KR forward Jordan Cox on a one month loan deal.

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The 22-year-old who can play back row or prop and will be available for consideration by Paul Anderson for Sunday’s game with St Helens.

Cox will wear the number 30 shirt for the Giants.

He’s a rather large human being who can play on the edge and in the middle. He will add a bit more variety to our squad and a bit of freshness. We’ve always talked about him, he’s got some good Super League experience and he’s caused us some problems every time we’ve played against him and those are the players that you like.

– Head Coach Paul Anderson

Rhinos fine Hardaker one month's wages after internal investigation

Zak Hardaker will forfeit one month's salary and enroll on an anger management course after he was arrested by police investigating an assault on a student in Leeds in February.

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Gary Hetherington, Leeds Rhinos Chief Executive, has revealed that an internal disciplinary committee has concluded five Rhinos players were in breach of the Players Code of Conduct.

Upon conclusion of the investigation, Rob Mulhern, Josh Walters and Ash Handley have each been handed a fine and a verbal warning.

Elliot Minchella has received a written warning and a fine of 50% of his monthly salary.

Hetherington says that the club has accepted Hardaker's apology for his actions but the players has agreed that:

  • He will forfeit one months salary which will be donated to support a local charity project.
  • He will enroll on a course for anger management.
  • He will work as a volunteer for up to 20 hours a week for the duration of his Rhinos contract to assist the Leeds Rhinos Foundation and Marketing Department.

No charges were made by police after Hardaker and Minchella paid £200 compensation and issued a written apology under a "community resolution".

Zak is full of passion and enthusiasm and has many qualities that are to be admired in a young player but a small part of him has led to problems and this has to be addressed, not only for the image of the game but most importantly for Zak’s own well being and his ability to fulfil his potential.

– Gary Hetherington, Leeds Rhinos Chief Executive

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Dorn signs Tigers contract extension

Castleford Tigers' Luke Dorn has signed a 12-month contract extension.

Dorn signs Tigers contract extension Credit: Press Association

The new deal will keep him at The Mend-A-Hose Jungle until the end of the 2016 season.

the Australian has quickly become a regular in Daryl Powell's team that reached the Challenge Cup Final and fourth in Super League last year.

He has 141 scores in 221 career appearances, including 16 last season and one so far this campaign during the rout against Wigan Warriors.

I am enjoying my time at Cas and it was a no brainer for me. I am just excited that I will continue to be part of what we have created here for another year.

– Luke Dorn

He has shown again this season what a pivotal figure he is for the team when he's playing well and I'm sure he will continue to do that for the next 2 years at least. His speed in attack has been outstanding and his voice within the group has been a big contributing factor to our improvement as a team.

– Daryl Powell, Castleford Tigers coach
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