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Wakefield Wildcats sign Owen on three year deal

Wakefield Trinity Wildcats have signed Richard Owen on a three-year deal.

Wakefield Trinity Wildcats sign Richard Owen on three year deal Credit: Dave Howarth/DAH Sports Images/Press Association Images

The 25-year-old made 12 appearances for the Wildcats last season after joining on loan from rivals Castleford Tigers.

"It's a good club to be at, I enjoyed my time here last season and think it's a great opportunity for me to set my position here.

"All the boys are going to want to get stuck in and have a big season."

– Richard Owen

Volunteers called upon to help at Rugby Union World Cup

It is less than a year to go until the next major sporting event hits our region. Two games of the Rugby Union World Cup will be staged at Leeds' Elland Road stadium next September.

And like the Olympics and the Tour de France before it organisers are calling on volunteers to help during the tournament. And today in Leeds, some of them were put through a tough selection process.


Tim Smith rejoins Wakefield Wildcats after five-game winning streak

Scrum-half Tim Smith has returned to the Wildcats on a permanent basis on a one-year contract for 2015.

Tim Smith is back with the Wakefield Wildcats Credit: Press Association

Smith played a significant role in a five-game unbeaten run at the start of James Webster’s tenure that steered Trinity to Super League safety.

The 29-year old former Wigan and Parramatta Eels half-back made 89 Super League appearances in all and was the Wildcats Player of the Year during his first season in with the club in 2012.

Chris Riley, Lopini Paea, Mickael Simon, Matty Ashurst and Craig Hall will also join Smith as new additions to the squad for Webster’s first full season in charge.

“It was an easy decision. I think people can see I’m happy at Wakefield and enjoy everything about the club.

The players are a great bunch to play with and the coaching staff are easy to get along with.

If we keep our squad fit we’ve as much chance as anyone else to make the top eight. It will be tough but we go into the year full of optimism.”

– Tim Smith

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

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.

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