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Robinson swaps Hull KR for Halifax

Hull KR have released hooker or half back Connor Robinson to allow him to join Championship club Halifax with immediate effect.

The 20-year-old came through the Robins' academy ranks and made his Super League debut against London Broncos last season but has found first-team opportunities limited and, after recently playing for Halifax on dual-registration, has signed a one-year deal with them.

KR head coach James Chester said: "I've got no doubt that Connor has the potential to be a Super League player but he needs regular game time in order to develop and unfortunately we aren't in a position to be able to guarantee him that."

Hull KR sign Chisholm on loan

Hull Kingston Rovers have signed former French international half back Dane Chisholm from Canterbury Bulldogs on loan until the end of the season.

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The 25-year-old, who has also had spells Melbourne Storm, Wests Tigers and Manly Sea Eagles during his career, has become the latest player to join the Robins and will link-up with the club later this week.

With club captain Terry Campese sidelined for the rest of the campaign, Chisholm will provide cover for half backs Albert Kelly and Maurice Blair as well as adding further competition for places across the back division.

Chisholm, who has scored three tries in four international appearances for France after qualifying through his mother and grandparents, will be handed squad number 35.

Hull KR Head Coach Chris Chester is delighted with the signing:

Dane has been really impressive for Canterbury’s reserve grade side this year and he’s an exciting player to watch. As well has having plenty of experience at playing in the halves, he’s got blistering pace and he’s a great finisher too, so he gives us plenty of options.

– Head coach Chris Chester - Hull KR Head Coach

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Giants and Wakefield in swap deal

Wakefield Wildcats prop forward Daniel Smith has signed a four and a half year deal with the Huddersfield Giants.

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The 22-year-old will move immediately after Giants prop forward Anthony Mullally agreed to move to Belle Vue on loan for the remainder of the 2015 season after which he will join his new club the Leeds Rhinos.

Smith becomes a Giant and will be available for selection for the trip to Catalan Dragons at the weekend.

Huddersfield Giants Managing Director Richard Thewlis said that the Smith deal had in essence merely been brought forward from the planned 2016 start.

Anthony leaves with our very best wishes for the future and I am sure that our fans will look forward to Daniel putting a claret and gold shirt on in the near future.

– Richard Thewlis - Huddersfield Giants Managing Director

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Widow of Keighley Cougars player welcomes expansion of cardiac screening programme

The wife of Keighley Cougars player Danny Jones, Lizzie Jones has welcomed the news that cardiac screening is to become compulsory in all three of Rugby League’s professional and semi-professional competitions. Danny Jones collapsed and died from heart failure triggered by an undetected heart defect whilst playing for Keighley against London Skolars in May.

Lizzie Jones with twins Bobby and Phoebe at the RFL AGM

I would like to congratulate all the Championship and League 1 clubs on their decision to conduct cardiac screening with their players. Anything the game can do to minimise the chance of another family experiencing what we have gone through has to be welcomed. I would also like to say a big ‘Thank You’ to everyone involved in Rugby League for the support they have given to me, my twins and my family: we couldn’t have got through this without you all. We are enormously grateful for everything you have done for us, it’s been overwhelming. The support of the Rugby League family has given us the strength to rebuild our lives without Danny.

– Lizzie Jones

Cardiac screening has been compulsory for all Super League players since 2012 while Championship and League 1 clubs have been advised to regard the procedure as “best practice.” However following consultation with clubs at their recent competition meetings, the RFL is now making screening mandatory for all Championship and League 1 clubs from 2016. The Just Giving page set up by the RFL Benevolent Fund to help Lizzie Jones and her family has already received donations of over £222,000.

Wakefield player goes into voluntary rehabilitation

Wakefield Trinity Wildcats star Richard Owen has voluntarily agreed to enter a rehabilitation programme.

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The club has said it will continue to fully support Owen throughout this process. As a result it has made the player unavailable for selection for the foreseeable future.

Owen, 25, has played 16 Super League games for the Wildcats this season.

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