It's a big weekend for both St Helens and Warrington. They are playing in the semi-finals of Rugby League's Challenge Cup.
Saints play the Leeds Rhinos this evening, while tomorrow Warrington take on Hull KR.
Chris Hall has been sampling the atmosphere in both towns.
This weekend sees the semi-finals of Rugby League's Challenge Cup.
Saints play the Leeds Rhinos, while Warrington take on Hull KR.
A trip to Wembley awaits. Chris Hall has been sampling the atmosphere in both towns.
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St George Illawarra have agreed to release versatile back Charly Runciman from his contract to enable him to join Widnes.
Runciman, who turns 22 on Wednesday, has made 12 first-grade appearances for the Dragons since making his debut against Penrith two years ago.
"Charly has received an opportunity to play regular first-grade football with the Widnes Vikings on a multi-year contract which he has opted to explore," said Dragons director of recruitment and retention Peter Mulholland.
"On behalf of the Dragons we would like to thank him for both his services and contributions to the club and wish him well for the future."
Runciman said: "I have had a couple of great seasons with the Dragons and will look back on my time here with fond memories.
"The opportunity however to play regular first-grade football with the Vikings was appealing to me and something that will help me progress as a player."
The coach of the Australian national rugby league team, Tim Sheens, has today been unveiled as Salford's new director of rugby.
There's still mystery surrounding the future of the club's Head Coach Iestyn Harris.
Any questions about him were off limits today but there was a hint towards unrest behind the scenes.
Warrington prop Ashton Sims will lose his ever-present record in Super League XX after being given a one-match ban.
Sims, cited by the Rugby Football League's match-review panel, submitted an early-guilty plea to a grade B charge of punching Wigan stand-off George Williams during his side's 17-6 win over the Warriors last Thursday.
The Fiji international, who has appeared in all 23 matches for the Wolves since joining them from North Queensland Cowboys in the winter, will be one of three players sidelined through suspension when Warrington go to Wakefield on Sunday.
Fellow front rower Anthony England has one game left to serve of a four-match ban for spitting and second rower Ben Currie will complete a two-match ban for pushing a referee.
Hooker Daryl Clark is free to face the Wildcats after admitting a grade A offence of making dangerous contact on Williams in the same incident. He was not suspended but loses his right to an early-guilty plea for 12 months.
Warrington prop Ashton Sims is facing an RFL charge after being accused of punching Wigan stand-off George Williams during his side's 17-6 win over the Warriors last Thursday.
The Fiji international, who has not missed a match for the Wolves since joining them from North Queensland Cowboys in the winter, was not pulled up for the offence during the game but was one of five players cited by the Rugby Football League's match review panel.
Sims is facing a grade B offence which carries a ban of one or two matches if found guilty.
His team-mate Daryl Clark has been charged with a minor grade A offence of making dangerous contact on Williams in the same incident.
Warrington already have two forwards, Anthony England and Ben Currie, suspended for Sunday's match at Wakefield, which sees the club's former England coach Tony Smith go up against his older brother Brian for the first time.
Sims and Clark have until 11am on Tuesday to submit early guilty pleas.
More than a thousand fans showed their support for a former rugby league player diagnosed with cancer.
Stars of the game joined supporters to raise money for Tony Barrow who played for Oldham and Swinton.
The father of three has been diagnosed with an aggressive form of the disease.
Ou reporter Ralph Blunsom was there:
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