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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.

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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


A Super League heavyweight showdown between the owners of Salford and Leigh

They say in rugby league the burden of expectation weighs heavy. It seems a bit too heavy for some.

Leigh Centurions owner Derek Beaumont and Salford boss Marwan Koukash have spent a fortune on their clubs, but are desperate to lose a few more pounds.

So much so they're going head-to-head and belly-to-belly in a weight loss challenge.

David Chisnall has been to see them in training.

Watch: Leigh Centurions host Super League launch

If you're a Rugby League fan you won't need us to tell you that the new Super League season kicks off a week today.

This year the North West boasts as many as SIX clubs in the top flight.

Wigan, Warrington, St Helens, Salford and Widnes are now joined by newly promoted Leigh Centurions.

And today it was they who hosted the official Super League launch:

Kevin Brown unveiled as Warrington Wolves player

Kevin Brown poses for a group photo with his new teammates. Credit: ITV Granada

Warrington Wolves fans have had the chance to get their first glimpse of Kevin Brown in the team's colours, after one of the most high profile signings in Rugby League.

The former Widnes half back replaces the controversial Chris Sandow, who broke his contract to return to Australia at the end of last season.

By contrast, Brown says he previously put club loyalty ahead of moves to St Helens and Australia.

Sale Sharks defend Solomona signing

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In rugby union, Sale Sharks have defended their signing of rugby league star Denny Solomona.

The winger broke the Super league try scoring record this year and still had two seasons left on his contract with Castleford, who are now taking legal action which could end with Sale paying a transfer fee.

Solomona will make his debut for the Sharks within days.

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