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Hull KR secure capacity increase ahead of derby

Hull KR will be looking forward to a bumper crowd at Thursday's game against Hull FC - and not just because it's a derby.

Stadium capacity increased ahead of derby
Stadium capacity increased ahead of derby Credit: Press Association

The club has increased the capacity of the KC Lightstream Stadium by around 700.

Now, 12,255 fans will be cheering on the teams in one of Super League's fiercest rivalries.

The Robins' CEO Mike Smith said: "After reaching a near capacity crowd for the opening game of the season we wanted to look at where we could increase the capacity even further.

"We’ve made no secret of the fact we are an ambitious club with regards to our off the field development and we want to target two to three games a season where we have big capacity crowds so this is an important step in fulfilling that strategy."

Bradford Bulls appeal against administration points deduction

Bradford Bulls home ground in Bradford Credit: Dave Thompson/PA Archive/PA Images

Bradford Bulls have launched an appeal against the Rugby League Football's imposition of a six-point deduction for going into administration. The club say they have already received the go-ahead from the RFL to fight the penalty.

A statement issued by the club said:

"Bradford Bulls can today announced their right of appeal against the club's points deduction has been granted by the sport's governing body. The notice of intention to appeal was lodged with the Rugby Football League by former administrator David Wilson.

However the appeal could not proceed until the ownership of the club was resolved. Following consultation with legal representatives the new board have confirmed their intention to proceed with the appeal process and are now awaiting a hearing date."

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Carnegie secure winger Doherty on two year deal

Leeds Carnegie have announced that winger David Doherty, 27, has agreed a new two year contract with the club that will keep him at Headingley Carnegie until at least the end of the 2015-16 season.

Doherty, who originally made his debut for Leeds back in 2004 when he became the youngest ever player to appear in the Premiership, is now in his second spell at the club having played at London Wasps, Sale Sharks, Jersey and Cornish Pirates before returning home to Leeds last season.

His try in last Sunday's win over Nottingham took him to third in the all time list of try scorers for the club with 34 tries in 70 appearances in all competitions, one ahead of Simon Middleton and three behind Dan Scarbrough.

Speaking about his new contract, Doherty said, "I am delighted to have signed the new deal, I am really settled back home in Leeds and I can only see us going forward in the future. I love the environment we have hereand I think there is something special in the future for this group."

Leeds celebrates 150 years of rugby

Rugby has been a part of Leeds' culture for 150 years Credit: Leeds Rugby Foundation

One hundred and fifty years ago the foundations were laid for the beginning of rugby in Leeds.

Although originally advertised as football, and despite playing a first game as a hybrid between the two sports, rugby remains to this day a key part of the city's history.

On 4th March 1864 Henry Jenkinson, a clerk with the North East railway company, put an advert in the 'Leeds Mercury' asking anyone who was interested in playing 'football' to meet on Woodhouse Moor, just outside the centre.**

Initially, they split into groups known as 'reds' and 'blues' before the first Leeds team made its competitive bow on 19th June, 1864 against Sheffield, principally a soccer club, in a hybrid match. The club became Leeds Athletic in 1870 and played at a ground off Whitehall Road.

To celebrate the anniversary, Leeds Rugby Foundation are planning a series of events throughout the year including exhibitions of historic photos and player reunions.

Bradford Bulls confirm Scruton departure

Nick Scruton ends six year tenure with Bulls Credit: Dave Howarth/DAH Sports Images/Press Association Images

Bradford Bulls front-rower Nick Scruton is to leave the club to join Wakefield Trinity Wildcats for an undisclosed fee agreed by the club's administrators. The 29-year-old prop has decided to move away from the Bulls ending a six year tenure with the club.

" It is obviously hugely disappointing to lose a player to a rival club and this is definitely not a wish of Bradford Bulls. This is the nature of the situation we find ourselves in.

"I've spoken at great lengths to head coach Francis Cummins and football manager Stuart Duffy who inform me there is a positive feel in camp - despite the current predicament. And both of them are not willing to allow the departure of a player to affect the mood, ahead of this weekend's game.

Administration is difficult at the best of times, but we are getting on with the task at hand. For sure we are vulnerable at the moment but we are working hard to ensure the squad remains intact."

Robbie Hunter-Paul, Chief Executive

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Sidlow extends Bulls contract

Bradford Bulls' Adam Sidlow Credit: Anna Gowthorpe/PA Archive/Press Association Images

Bradford front-row forward Adam Sidlow has agreed a two year contract extension. Sidlow has pledged his commitment to the club with a new deal that will keep him at Odsal until at least the end of 2016.

"I am 100 per cent committed to Bradford. Francis has shown a whole load of faith in me and he has enabled me to love playing rugby league again. This is such a massive club and it is an honour to play here.

Despite what has gone on over the past couple of months, off the field, I would not change a thing. I absolutely love it here. I would like to think my best years are still ahead of me and I still feel as though I am progressing as a Super League player"

Adam Sidlow

Craven Park to be renamed

Hull KR have signed a five year sponsorship deal which will see Craven Park renamed the "KC Lightstream Stadium".

The deal, with local communications provider, KC, has been completed in time to be in place for the Robin's Super League opener against Leeds Rhinos on Sunday February 16th.

Fans of the city's two rugby league teams are likely to be sceptical about the choosing of a brand that will make both stadiums remarkably similar in name, with Hull FC playing their games at the KC Stadium across the city.

Linton Brown, Hull KR Director of Commercial Affairs, commented: “Having KC on board as our stadium naming rights partners is a major step forward with our brand strategy."

McNamara agrees to stay on part time basis

England rugby league head coach Steve McNamara Credit: PA

Steve McNamara has agreed to remain England rugby league head coach in a part-time capacity while becoming an assistant at Australian NRL club Sydney Roosters.

Hull-born McNamara, who'd also been linked with switching codes to join Bath, is set to join the Aussie champions in the New year. McNamara's coaching career began at Bradford and after assistant roles with Great Britain and England, he was promoted to England head coach in 2010.

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