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Meet the Rugby League hard man with a heart of gold

Australian forward Dayne Weston plays for the Leigh Centurions and has struck up a very special friendship with one of the club's supporters.

Ben Robinson is 10 years old. He has cerebral palsy and has recently been diagnosed with leukaemia.

Now Dayne has decided he wants to help young Ben and his family.

Here is Chris Hall's report:

Super 8s Preview: Hear from our North West rugby league clubs ahead of their opening fixtures

St Helens and Warrington kicked of the Super 8s at the Halliwell Jones Stadium. Saints made it six wins in their last six games after beating the Wolves 20-18.

Here are the rest of the opening Super 8 fixtures for our North West teams,

Super 8s Wigan v Wakefield Catalans v Widnes

The Qualifiers Salford v Hudderfield Leigh v London

Championship Shield Oldham v Workington Dewsbury v Swinton


Super 8s fixtures to be announced later

The fixtures for the Super 8s will be announced today.

The 24 Super League and Championship clubs will be split into three Super 8 groups.

Top 8 finishers of this Super League season Credit: ITV Granada

The top eight will continue as Super League, with Warrington, Wigan, St Helens and Widnes all finishing in the top eight of the season table.

The middle eight will play in the Qualifiers and the third eight will be in the Championship Shield.

Teenage rugby player dies after being injured during match

Ronan Costello Credit: Huddersfield Giants

The family of a rugby league player who died while playing against Salford Red Devils have spoken of their devastation following his death from injuries suffered during a game.

Huddersfield Giants Academy centre Ronan Costello, 17, was left in a critical condition following the incident in the match against Salford at the weekend.

''We are absolutely devastated to lose Ronan so tragically and suddenly. Ronan was a loving and caring 17-year-old lad who was dedicated to his family and friends. He was a credit to all of his family and we are so proud of him and his achievements.

He was passionate about rugby and rugby was a big part of his life. We acknowledge that this was a tragic accident. As a family, we wish to extend our appreciation to Leeds General Infirmary’s neuro intensive care unit for their dedication, respect and efforts in caring for Ronan and to The Giants, especially Andy and Richard who have been a great support to us all during such a difficult time. We would like to thank everyone who has supported us but we now need some privacy and time to grieve.

We are all truly heartbroken and Ronan will be missed and forever in our hearts."

– Family statement

In a statement, Salford Red Devils said their thoughts were with Ronan's family, friends and team-mates.

The players, staff and fans of Salford Red Devils wish to extend their deepest sympathy to the family of Huddersfield Giants Academy player Ronan Costello who passed away today after being injured in the Under 19s game against us on Saturday.

Our thoughts are with his family, friends and team-mates at this tragic time.

– Salford Red Devils

Rhinos charge forward after landing £150,000 lottery funding

Players from Cadishead Rhinos Credit: Marissa Chaplin

Amateur Rugby League club Cadishead Rhinos are set for a major transformation after landing £150,000 of National Lottery cash. The money will be used to build a new base for the club.

The Rhinos' current facilities lack sufficient changing, shower and toilet space to meet league requirements and the future needs of the club.

Now, thanks to the funding boost, a fit-for-purpose modern facility will be built to keep the club thriving for future generations.

Cadishead have a strong junior set-up Credit: Marissa Chaplin

Councillor David Lancaster, Lead Member for Environment and Community Safety at Salford City Council, said: “This funding announcement is fantastic news for the club and the community.

“The new facilities and flexible changing rooms will also make it possible to establish female-only teams and get more young people interested in local Rugby League.

“Nearly 12,000 people used the facility in the past 12 months and we expect nearly 42,000 people to visit in the next three years now the future is secure.”

A brighter future is in store for these young players Credit: Marissa Chaplin

Paul Elliott, Club Secretary of Cadishead Rhinos, said: “The award is a dream come true for the club and will give us and the local community in general a massive boost. I would like to publicly thank everyone involved in the partnership and look forward to seeing the new building in its full glory.”


People enjoy us losing - Wigan boss Shaun Wane

Wigan Warriors boss Shaun Wane believes there are people within the game who enjoyed seeing his side lose heavily in Super League last weekend. Wane's team, depleted by illness and injury, were thrashed 62-0 at Wakefield. They aim to bounce back at home to Castleford this evening.

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