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Rugby World Cup visits Lincoln

Rugby World Cup in Lincoln

Around eight hundred people in Lincoln this morning turned out to have their picture taken with the Rugby World Cup.

The trophy was on display at Lincoln RUFC at Longsdale Park. The trophy has been on a tour of the Calendar region over the last few days. Yorkshire plays host to two games next month.

Simon Grix joins Wildcats on loan

Wakefield Wildcats have confirmed Simon Grix will be joining the club on loan from Warrington Wolves.

Simon Grix Credit: Mike Egerton/EMPICS Sport

The loose forward will join the club with immediate effect ahead of the Super 8s campaign.

Grix, has yet to play this season as he continues his recovery having suffered a frature to his leg during a game against St Helens at the end of the 2014 campaign.


Early morning queues for Rhinos Challenge Cup final tickets

Leeds Rhinos fans were queuing from as early as 7 o'clock this morning to get their hands on tickets for the Challenge Cup final at the end of the month.

The Rhinos booked their place in rugby league's showpiece event thanks to a 24-14 victory over St Helens.

It will be the fifth time in the past six years the Rhinos have played at Wembley but last year's win was their only triumph since 1999.

Robins tweet victory song

The Robins will be flying south this summer after Hull KR ended a 19-year wait to reach the Challlenge Cup final with a 26 to 18 win over Warrington this afternoon. They will now face the cup holders Leeds in an all Yorkshire final at Wembley at the end of the month.

Hull FC arrive in Austria for pre-season tour

Hull City have arrived in Austria for their pre-season tour, where they will play 2 games against German side Hannover and United Arab Emirates side Al-Ain FC.

The fans began arriving in Salzburg yesterday. Many travelled around Europe last year to follow the Tigers on their first ever foray in European competition. But for some it was their first time following the club abroad.


Hull FC win race for New Zealand star

Hull FC have finally won the race to sign New Zealand star Carlos Tuimavave.

Carlos Tuimavave (left) Credit: AAP Image/Dean Lewins

The Black and Whites have been chasing the 23-year-old utility back for 12 months and had to stave off competition from clubs both here and in the NRL, including his current club Newcastle Knights whom he joined this season.

Tuimavave will join Hull FC on a three year deal from 2016, subject to international clearance.

Speaking to Hull FC Tuimavave said:" I am excited to be joining Hull next season and the opportunity to play regular first grade football at one of the biggest clubs in Super League.

While I am focused on finishing the season well at the Knights, I am looking forward to moving my family to England and making a positive contribution to Hull Football Club. "

Crooks signs three year Castleford deal

Former Hull centre Ben Crooks is to return to Super League after signing a three-year deal with Castleford.

Ben Crooks Credit: Anna Gowthorpe/PA Wire/Press Association Images

The 23-year-old son of former Castleford player Lee Crooks left Hull at the end of last year to join Parramatta but failed to break into their NRL team and will link up with his home-town club in November ahead of the 2016 season.

Crooks burst onto the scene in spectacular fashion in 2012 and the following year he was named in the Super League Dream Team and won the Super League young player-of-the-year award.

Even though I have not yet managed to break through and play in the NRL, I believe I have achieved my goals in my career development and will return to Super League a better player for the experience.

I have loved by time at Parramatta and thank everyone for their guidance and support.

Castleford Tigers are my hometown club who made a determined effort to sign me both now and when I first turned professional, and I am anticipating an exciting new chapter in my career."

– Ben Crooks

Head coach Cooke leaves Dons

Doncaster have parted company with head coach Paul Cooke following their winless start to the Kingstone Press Championship season.

Paul Cooke at Hull Kingston Rovers Credit: Press Association

The South Yorkshire club have announced the 34-year-old former Hull and Hull KR stand-off has left by mutual consent.

Assistant boss Chris Spurr has also left the Keepmoat Stadium with the club saying they are looking "to go in a new direction".

Doncaster have lost their opening 13 games in the Championship.

A statement read: "Doncaster RLFC can today confirm the departure of head coach Paul Cooke with immediate effect.

Also departing with 34-year-old Paul Cooke is assistant coach Chris Spurr.

Both have agreed to end their stay at Keepmoat Stadium by mutual consent, as the club look to go in a new direction and climb the Kingstone Press Championship table."

Coaches spread the word of mixed ability rugby

There's another Rugby Revolution in the air again here in Yorkshire and it could go global.

In the county that created Rugby League, now a new variation of the game is on the rise.

Mixed Ability Rugby Union is played by disabled and able-bodied players together.

On Calendar, we have already told you about how Yorkshire has received thousands of pounds in funding to stage a Mixed Ability World Tournament before the Rugby Union World Cup comes to the UK.

Now a special event has taken place to teach scores of coaches all about the sport so they can start up their own clubs all over the region.

Ben Turner reports:

For more information about mixed ability and how you can get involved in the Mixed Ability World Tournament, click here.

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