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Rhinos boss blasts rivals

Leeds Rhinos boss Gary Hetherington blasted 6 of his rival Super League chiefs after they thwarted a move to heal the rift in the game.

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Biggs switches codes to join Hull FC

Tom Biggs in action for the England Sevens squad. Credit: Andrew Matthews/EMPICS Sport

Hull FC Rugby League Club have signed home-grown Rugby Union winger Tom Biggs from Bath.

The 29 year old enjoyed a successful career in Union, initially at Leeds, where he became the club's all-time leading try scorer and won the Powergen Cup Final at Twickenham.

He also represented the England Saxons, England U21’s, and was a regular in the England Sevens set-up.

Biggs - brought up in Beverley and a former pupil at Hymers College in Hull - has supported the Black & Whites since he was a boy, and was at Wembley earlier this season to see Hull FC play Wigan in the Challenge Cup Final.

He said: "Although we didn’t get the result on the day, I’m really looking forward to being part of the squad and trying to get back there again. I’m really looking forward to meeting everybody, getting involved with the training, getting my head down and working hard."

Picture: Giants sign Broughton

Jodie Broughton. Credit: Dave Howarth/DAH Sports Images/Press Association Images

The Huddersfield Giants have confirmed the signing of Salford and England Knights winger Jodie Broughton on a four-year contract.

The 25-year-old former Leeds and Hull back was officially the fastest man in Super League in 2011 and has been consistently on the fringe of the England squad.

Broughton will join the 2013 league leaders next month alongside fellow newcomers Chris Bailey and Antonio Kaufusi.

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Hull FC release Johnson

Hull FC have released former St Helens and Wakefield prop forward Paul Johnson halfway through his two-year contract.

The 25-year-old made 21 appearances this year, after moving from the Wildcats, but has been paid off to ease pressure on the club's salary cap and is expected to join Widnes.

Paul has left the club and we wish him well for the future. He's a great lad and did a good job for us but we've identified a number of players that are expected to go past him in the side.

"Chris Green has just been named in the Knights squad alongside Liam Watts, whilst another Hull boy in Josh Bowden continues to develop and deserves his chance next season.

"We need to be looking after these young players and that may involve moving on some fringe players, whilst at the same time we want some salary cap space free with a view to potential moves following the upcoming World Cup."

– Adam Pearson, Hull FC owner

Hunter-Paul handed Bulls top job

Robbie Hunter-Paul
Robbie Hunter-Paul Credit: ITV Yorkshire

Former Bradford captain Robbie Hunter-Paul will take charge of the running of the club following the Bulls' latest takeover.

The former New Zealand international, who enjoyed a decade of success as a player with Bradford, returned to the club in July to take on the role of deputy director.

Now he has been promoted to chief executive as part of a new-look administration under new owners Ryan Whitcut and Mark Moore.

The re-organisation was prompted by the decision of Omar Khan to step down for health reasons, just over 12 months after rescuing the club from financial ruin.

Co-chairman Gerry Sutcliffe, the local MP and former sports minister, also stepped down, along with director Vipin Joshi, paving the way for the takeover by Whitcut, who was brought into the club by Khan as general manager, and local businessman Moore, who are to become joint chairmen.

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