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Zak Hardaker bags first NRL try

Former Leeds Rhinos fullback Zak Hardaker has scored his first try in the NRL.

Hardaker helped Penrith Panthers to a 31-12 victory over Brisbane Broncos.

The 24-year-old joined the club last month in a swap deal for hooker James Segeyaro.

York City Knights go out of business

York City Knights share Bootham Crescent with York City FC. Credit: Press Association

York City Knights have been forced out of business following discussions with Rugby League officials.

The club which has been involved in a troubled ground share with York City says the council has breached its contract for the team to use Bootham Crescent.

It comes after council called off the Knights’ opening Super 8s clash against Doncaster on Sunday - citing concerns that the pitch would suffer.

The Knights have a contract to play matches at Bootham Crescent until both clubs move into the new community stadium. That arena is being built at the site of the club's old Huntington Stadium.

In a statement tonight, the club's board said it has done everything it can to resolve the matter with the council and now has no option but to fold.

It is with sincere regret that we are to announce that York City Knights will be closing as a business once all legal formalities and obligations have been carried out, which will allow all the players and staff to become free agents.

This is done with deep sadness, but with the certainty that we did everything in our power to last through the challenging times since our eviction from the Huntington Stadium in 2014 and the difficult circumstances the club has experienced ever since. The Board of Directors now have no alternative and have been forced to make this very difficult decision.

– York City Knights


RL legend Peacock joins England management team

Jamie Peacock acknowledging the crowd at Headingley after his final home game for the Leeds Rhinos before his retirement. Credit: Richard Sellers/PA Wire.

Former Great Britain and England forward Jamie Peacock MBE has been added to Wayne Bennett’s staff as England Team Manager for this year’s Four Nations tournament.

Peacock, who has been capped 47 times (Great Britain 26, England 21), will join Denis Betts and Paul Wellens in the England backroom staff and will bring a wealth of knowledge and experience to Bennett’s England camp.

He will be responsible for team planning and logistics, day to day management of the tournament programme, and player support.

The former Leeds Rhinos and Bradford Bulls player retired from the game last year, before taking up the role of Head of Rugby with Hull Kingston Rovers – a role which he will continue with whilst on England duty.

"I feel privileged to have been offered the position of England Team Manager. Representing my country whilst playing was always the proudest moments of my career and being the England Team manager will feel exactly the same."

– Jamie Peacock MBE


Hull FC sign Championship centre

Hull FC have announced the signing of young centre, Nick Rawsthorne, from Halifax RFLC for the 2017 season.

Lee Radford is pleased to have the 20-year-old on board Credit: Press Association

The 20-year-old has signed an initial one-year deal with an option in the club's favour should they wish to extend his deal.

A convert from rugby union, where he represented England U18s and Leeds Carnegie, Rawsthorne also had a spell in the academy at Leeds Rhinos before joining Halifax.

I'm really pleased to add Nick to the squad next year, I think he has all the attributes to become a first-team regular for our club.

He has been very impressive in the reserves competition this year for Halifax, particularly when he played against us, whilst is accuracy with his goal kicking is also a real plus.

He is at a great age to progress his career to the next level and along with Jack Logan coming through the long term future of our outside backs looks very promising.

– Lee Radford, Hull FC head coach

Cas confident of Challenge Cup upset at Wigan

Castleford Tigers are undaunted by a difficult trip to Wigan Warriors in this weekend's Challenge Cup quarter finals.

The odds and the formbook are against them. Cas are seventh in the Super League table, while Wigan are second, and the Tigers have already lost twice home and away to the Warriors this season.

Head Coach Darryl Powell and prop forward Lee Jewitt, who made his senior debut for Wigan and whose wife hails from the town, have been speaking to Calendar's John Shires.

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