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Rhinos duo shortlisted for Prescott Man of Steel award

Leeds Rhinos duo Zak Hardaker and Adam Cuthbertson have been shortlisted for the 2015 Steve Prescott Man of Steel award.

Zak Hardaker has been shortlisted for the 2015 Man of Steel award Credit: Press Association

England full-back Hardaker, 24, has enjoyed his most impressive season with Leeds, where he has been one of the most consistent players in the competition, delivering a succession of high quality performances in both attack and defence.

Adam Cuthbertson makes up part of the three man shortlist Credit: Press Association

Cuthbertson has had a hugely successful first season in Super League since joining Leeds at the turn of the year from Australian club Newcastle Knights. Playing at prop and loose forward, the 30-year-old has been a key member of the Rhinos pack during a summer which has seen them win the Ladbrokes Challenge Cup and go within one win of lifting the League Leaders’ Shield.

St Helens' prop Alex Walmsley completes the three man shortlist.


Wayne Godwin hangs up his boots

Former Castleford Tigers and Bradford Bulls hooker Wayne Godwin has announced his retirement.

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In a letter posted on Twitter, the 33-year-old said: "After 15 years playing professional rugby league, I'm sad to announce my retirement from the greatest game of all.

I'd love to play all my life but my body can't take much more. My Knee injury has stopped me playing to the standard I set for myself so I had to make the hard decision to call it a day.

– Wayne Godwin

He will play his final game on Sunday for Championship club Dewsbury Rams after joining two years ago.

Godwin is the fourth player in a fortnight to announce his retirement following Adrian Morley, Richard Mathers and Garreth Carvell.

Adam Pearson reaffirms commitment to Hull FC

Hull FC owner Adam Pearson insists his focus is now solely on the Black and Whites after leaving his role at Leeds United earlier this week.

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In a statement the club chairman said the time is right to spend more time at the club and finally realise his dream.

Pearson, appointed Executive Director at Leeds United by owner Massimo Cellino in May, left the position citing the need for a break as one of his main reasons.

Hull FC needs my complete attention, so that is what it will get, as we look to take care of some areas of the club in relation to supporters and corporate partners.

I evidenced first hand in Leeds how the two clubs, United and Rhinos, received huge commercial and corporate social responsibility backing from a wide range of companies in Leeds. It would be great if I could engage with some of our larger companies in Hull to obtain that same support for Hull FC.

– Adam Pearson

Garreth Carvell calls time on rugby league career

Former Leeds Rhinos and Hull FC prop Garreth Carvell has announced his retirement from rugby league.

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The former Great Britain and England prop, 34, currently Player Welfare Manager at Salford Red Devils has been forced to hang up his boots by the effects of a series of injuries suffered during his 19-year professional career.

Carvell won the Challenge Cup four times in his illustrious career.

In a statement he revealed that he is awaiting a knee replacement and surgery on his neck to replace three prolapsed discs.

It is with some sadness that I would like to announce my retirement from the greatest game in the world. I have played professional rugby since I was 16 and although the mind is still willing unfortunately the body has declared it’s time to stop.

I’d like to thank everybody that has helped me throughout my career, from my start at Leeds Rhinos where I made my debut alongside Kevin Sinfield as a 16-year-old, my two spells at Hull FC, my short stint at Castleford and, of course, my time at Warrington Wolves.

I was fortunate enough to represent and tour with my country and also had the pleasure to contribute to Challenge Cup wins for Hull FC and Warrington Wolves.

– Garreth Carvell

Former Giants coach takes Newcastle Knights role

Former Huddersfield and St Helens boss Nathan Brown has been confirmed as the new coach of Newcastle Knights.

Brown, 42, who cut short his stay with Saints after guiding them to Grand Final glory last October, has signed a three-year contract with the Knights.

Former Huddersfield Giants coach, Nathan Brown, has taken over at Newcastle Knights Credit: Press Association

He takes over from interim coach Danny Buderus, the former Leeds hooker who replaced Rick Stone in mid-season and will become part of Brown's backroom team.

Brown, who will relocate from Sydney to Newcastle with his family, believes his extensive experience as a head coach and his ability to bring the best out of developing players are some of the strengths he will bring to the role.

Brown began his coaching career at St George Illawarra in 2003 after playing 172 games for the club, and he moved to England in 2009.

He was Super League's coach of the year in 2009 after guiding Huddersfield to the Challenge Cup final and moved to St Helens in 2013.

Brown has spent this year working as a coaching consultant for Melbourne Storm.


Former Bradford chairman Jack Bates dies aged 94

Rugby League is mourning former Bradford chairman Jack Bates, who passed away on Sunday at the age of 94.

Bates served on the Bradford board for over 30 years and was an influential figure during the club's transformation from Bradford Northern to the hugely successful Bradford Bulls.

"It is with sadness that we have learned of Jack's death. He was a great servant to both his beloved Bradford Bulls and to the sport of Rugby League."

– Nigel Wood, Rugby Football League chief executive

Palea’aesina handed Hull FC contract extension

Hull FC have extended the contract of fans' favourite Iafeta Palea’aesina by 12 months.

Iafeta Palea’aesina Credit: Press Association

The 32 year-old former New Zealand international will enter his third season with the Black and Whites, having joined the club in 2014 following spells with New Zealand Warriors, Wigan Warriors, Salford and French side Limoux Grizzlies.

During his time in Hull, Palea’aesina has made 35 appearances since returning to Super League.

I’m over the moon. I’ve always wanted to stay at this great club that has done so much for me. I’ve had a great time here so far and I’m just happy the deal is done. I am proud to be part of Hull FC and now I hope I can finish the season strongly.

– Iafeta Palea’aesina

Cockayne pens Hull KR contract extension

Long-serving Hull Kingston Rovers winger or full back Ben Cockayne has signed a new contract extension that could take him through to his tenth season with the club.

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The former England Knights international was out of contract at the end of the current campaign and has put pen to paper on a new one-year deal with a further one-year option that could keep him at the KC Lightstream Stadium until the end of 2017.

Cockayne has made 180 appearances and scored 68 tries in his two spells with the Robins and having re-joined Rovers last season after playing for Wakefield Trinity Wildcats, he said he’s happy to commit his future to a club that means so much.

From my point of view, I just wanted to keep playing for a club that has been a big part of my life for all kind of reasons. I’m very appreciative for all they’ve done for me and it’s a privilege to be able to contribute for hopefully another couple of years.

– Ben Cockayne
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