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Richard Marshall named as new Halifax coach

Halifax have named Warrington Wolves’ assistant and England Academy boss Richard Marshall as their new coach for 2015.

Marshall also played for Huddersfield Giants from 2000-2001 Credit: Press Association

38-year-old Marshall, a former front rower who began his Super League career as a player at the Shay in the mid-1990s, succeeds his former captain Karl Harrison, who left the club last month after three years in charge.

Marshall, who has spent six years at the Wolves as under 20s and first team coach, sealed a three year deal late last night after emerging from a high quality field with applicants from Australia as well as the UK.

Richard was very impressive at interview and he’s got a fantastic background. As a club, we needed to raise the bar in all areas before next year’s league restructure and Richard will help us do that on the football side of the business.

He is very, very professional in everything he does; he’s done six years at one of the biggest clubs in the game under Tony Smith and he’s coached some of the best players in the world.

For us, I have absolutely no doubt he is the right appointment.

– Halifax director, Ian Croad.

Giants sign Huby from Castleford

Huddersfield Giants have signed 28-year-old prop forward Craig Huby on a four year deal.

Craig Huby Credit: Press Association

The ball playing forward becomes the first new addition to be announced to Paul Anderson’s 2015 squad.

The Giants Head Coach said:

“Craig is having a stellar season and is a player I have long admired. His qualities are there for all to see and he has been a tower of strength for the Castleford club which he has served with such distinction over many years."

I have had a wonderful time at Castleford with this year being an obvious highlight and it is with some sadness that I move on. However I decided that a fresh start and a new challenge would reinvigorate me and the club have known for some time that I would be moving on.

The supporters have always been superb with me and I thank them and the players and coaches I have worked with. This year with Darryl will forever be in my memory and I think we still have a great opportunity here in the coming weeks.

That’s my sole focus but I wanted the news to come out so that I can concentrate on the rest of the season with Cas then look forward to next year at the Giants.

– Craig Huby

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Leeds to host Rugby World Cup teams

Leeds has been announced as the host city for three teams competing in next year's Rugby World Cup.

Leeds Trinity University fitness suite impressed organisers Credit: Leeds Trinity University

The Scotland and Canada teams will have bases at Leeds Metropolitan University and West Park Leeds RUFC respectively.

The USA team will be based at Leeds Trinity University which impressed coaches with its gym equipment and conditioning suite.

We’re honoured to have been chosen as the official training base for the USA team during the Rugby World Club in 2015. We’ve invested millions into providing world-class sports facilities on our campus for students and the local community, so it’s fantastic that the quality of these facilities has been recognised by one of the world’s best Rugby teams.

– Howard Nelson, Chief Operating Officer and University Secretary of Leeds Trinity University

The competition, next autumn, is co-hosted by England and Wales with two games being played at Elland Road.

Relegated Bulls announce new signing

Relegated Bradford Bulls have announced the signing of 20-year-old hooker Vila Halafihi on a 12-month deal.

The Hull-born former Leeds academy player, who is the son of former Hull KR Sheffield and London forward Nick Halafihi, has spent the last twelve months in Sydney playing for Penrith Panthers' Under-20s side.

"I am a massive Bradford Bulls fan so feel absolutely privileged to have signed for such a great club. Bradford was the first team I ever supported and I want to play a part in helping return the club to its former glory." said Vila Halafihi

Hooker Hodgson to join Canberra

Hull Kingston Rovers have confirmed that co-captain Josh Hodgson is to join NRL side Canberra Raiders at the end of the current Super League season.

Hull Kingston Rovers' co-captain Josh Hodgson Credit: Dave Howarth/DAH Sports Images/Press Association Images

Hodgson, who has made more than 100 appearances for Rovers, has signed a two-year contract with the Raiders from 2015.

Hauraki charged over Abdull clash

Castleford's Weller Hauraki could miss his club's Challenge Cup semi-final after being charged with a grade C offence by the Rugby Football League's match review panel.

Castleford's Weller Hauraki charged over Abdull clash Credit: Dave Howarth/DAH Sports Images/Press Association Images

Hauraki is accused if striking with his knees in a clash with Hull's Jordan Abdull in the Rigers' 18-18 Super League draw at the KC Stadium on Thursday July 24, 2014. The 29-year-old was not penalised by the incident was put on report. Hauraki will appear in front of a disciplinary panel on Tuesday and faces a two-to-three match suspension if found guilty.

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Leeds Carnegie "disappointed" at Lowes' departure

Leeds Carnegie chairman, Sir Ian McGeechan, said the club was "disappointed' to be losing James Lowes but understood his desire to return to Bradford Bulls and wished him well.

Our search for a new coach begins immediately. Myself and Director of Rugby, Chris Gibson, will take our time to find the right man. This may take some time and in the meantime I will oversee the coaching staff and pre-season arrangements. All the players return from the off season next week in preparation for a very big year as we strive to realise our Premiership ambitions.

– LEeds Carnegie chairman, Sir Ian McGeechan

This has come out of the blue and has developed very quickly and whilst we are disappointed with the outcome we have come to a satisfactory agreement with James and the Bulls and we wish them both well.

– Leeds Carnegie Chief Executive, Gary Hetherington
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