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WATCH: Wigan Warriors start pre-season training with a difference

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Rugby league's Wigan Warriors have started some pre-season training with a difference.

Last night they were combining conventional training with doing odd jobs in the community - from sweeping up leaves to painting church roofs.

It kept them up half the night.

Salford's Lama Tasi facing two-match ban for shoulder charge

Lama Tasi Credit: PA

Salford forward Lama Tasi faces a two-match ban after he was charged with striking with the shoulder in his side's Challenge Cup semi-final defeat by Wigan.

The Rugby Football League's match review panel viewed the tackle on Wigan prop Taulima Tautai as a grade B offence and Tasi must face a disciplinary hearing in Leeds on Tuesday.

The recommended maximum punishment is a two-game suspension, which would rule Tasi out of Friday's trip to Hull and the home game against Castleford seven days later.

Wigan's 27-14 victory which booked a Wembley date with Hull could come at a cost after hooker Sam Powell was charged with grade B dangerous contact on Tasi in a separate incident.

Powell has the option of submitting an early guilty plea and accepting a one-match ban that would see him miss Friday's Super 8s meeting with Leeds at Headingley.

Warriors team-mate Frank-Paul Nuuausala received a caution for raising a knee in the tackle.

There were no charges from Hull's 43-24 win over Leeds on Saturday.

Manu Vatuvei ready for Super League challenge with Salford Red Devils

New Salford Red Devils signing Manu Vatuvei says he was ready for a new challenge after leaving New Zealand Warriors to move to England.

The New Zealand winger has signed for Salford until the end of the 2018 season.

Manu and his head coach Ian Watson spoke to ITV Granada Reports.

Tom Olbison signs one-year contract extension with Widnes

Tom Olbison Credit: Tom Olbison

Widnes forward Tom Olbison has confirmed his commitment to the Vikings for 2018.

The 26-year-old second rower joined Widnes on a 12-month deal from Bradford when the Yorkshire club folded in the winter, with an option for a second season.

"I've really enjoyed my first year at Widnes Vikings," said Olbison, who has made 18 appearances so far.

"It's been a great experience to play regular top-level rugby and I feel like I have developed well as a player here.

"I'm really pleased to have this opportunity to extend my stay and I'm looking forward to what we can achieve going forward."

Widnes coach Denis Betts said: "Tom came here with the ambition of building a career in the Betfred Super League and he was proven himself at this level.

"He has settled in well and made a good contribution to the team this year. I am very pleased that he has chosen to sign this new deal and look forward to continuing to work with him."


Swinton Lions celebrate Challenge Cup Giant-killing

Swinton Lions star Chris Atkin and chairman John Roddy have been reflecting on the club's Challenge Cup giant-killing away at Huddersfield.

The Lions, sitting 10th in the Kingstone Press Championship, beat the Super League side 28-24 to secure their place in the last 16 of the competition.

Swinton have won the Challenge Cup on three occasions, the last in 1928.

The draw for Round Six takes place on Tuesday evening.

  1. Luke McDowell, ITV News

Thieves steal rugby player's shirts after stadium break-ins

Thieves steal player's shirts at stadium break-in Credit: Manchester Evening News

Rugby players’ shirts have been stolen from Oldham RLFC - the second break-in in just 48 hours.

Thieves swiped a number of the player’s personalised kits along with items of training kit and a ‘quantity’ of other clothes on Friday night.

This came just two days after thieves broke into the club’s Whitebank office where they took wines, spirits, computers and stewards’ radios.

Damage was also caused to the referees’ changing room during the burglary.

The ground has been broken into on numerous occasions since Roughyeds moved into Whitebank in 2010.

“I’m sick of it, to the back teeth. It’s the latest in a number of attacks since we moved to Whitebank and we need people to assist us in identifying those who are carrying out these raids. On Wednesday amongst items stolen, were all the radios used by stewards.

These are not everyday items and anybody offering these for sale should stand out. As should the items of playing kit and players leisure wear which were taken in the break in on Friday.”

– Chris Hamilton, Chairman of Oldham RLFC
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