HARLEQUINS RL loose forward Rob Purdham will captain England in the Federation Shield, which gets under way in Leeds on Sunday.
ENGLAND coach Paul Cullen has included four members of Hull FC?s beaten Grand Final team in his 19-man squad for Sunday?s Federation Shield match against France at Headingley.
SCOTLAND will have just three engage Super League players in their team to face Wales in a World Cup qualifier at Bridgend on Sunday, October 29.
THE touring Tongan team will face Cumbria in a representative fixture at Derwent Park, Workington on Wednesday, October 25 (Kick off 7.30pm).It is the latest fixture for the revived Cumbrian county team that has previously played against New Zealand ?A?, Anzac Rugby League and Ireland. Cumbria is a county in the very North West of England with a rich history and participation in rugby league.Tonga will be in the country as they are participating in the Federation Shield tournament against England, France and Samoa. The Federation Shield is international Rugby League?s newest competition.Simon Malcolm, the RFL?s Director of Marketing, said: ?Cumbria is one of the key areas in Rugby League?s heartlands and the Cumbrians have a fierce pride in their county team.?Tonga should provide Cumbria with serious opposition as they will have just played in the Oceania Group of the World Cup Qualifying Competition and the opening round of the Federation Shield.?This is a wonderful opportunity for Cumbrian fans to see a top-class international team as well as players who ply their trade in Australia?s prestigious National Rugby League.?The Cumbrian team will be coached by Barrow Raiders? Head Coach Paul Crarey, who takes over the role from Warrington?s Gary Chambers.The Cumbria County squad for the game is:- Liam Harrison, Liam Finch, Brett McDermott, Mike Whitehead (All Barrow Raiders), Ade Gardner (St Helens), Matt Gardner (Huddersfield Giants), Gary Broadbent, Craig Calvert, Derrie Eilbeck, Carl Rudd, Scott McAvoy, Howard Hill, Marc Jackson, Carl Sice (all Whitehaven), Dean Burgess, Sean Lunt, Dean Vaughan, Jamie Beaumont (all Workington Town).Source: www.therfl.co.uk
TONGAN head coach Jim Dymock is looking forward to his return to England.
LHF National League 1 - Sun 17 SepLeigh 22 lost to Batley 23at The Coliseum (Att: 1,815)LeighT: D Gaskell, L Greenwood, D Wilson, R RobertsG: C Forber 3BatleyT: C Lingard, J Stokes, C Langley, A LindsayG: J Duffy 3DG: ? Half-time: Leigh 16 Batley 10Third placed Leigh are eliminated from the National League One play-offs.Whitehaven 38 defeated Rochdale 10at the Recreation Ground (Att: 1,461)Whitehaven (26)T: C Calvert, D Seeds, R Jackson 3, J Duffy, A Smith, S MillerG: C Rudd 3Rochdale (4)T: K King, L PattersonG: K KingHalf-time: Whitehaven 26 Rochdale 4Fifth placed Rochdale are eliminated from the National League One play-offs.LHF National League 2 - Sun 17 SepSwinton 26 defeated Barrow 20at Sedgely Park (Att: 511)SwintonT: D Woods 2, M Billy, S McCurrieG: C Hough 5BarrowT: K Ganley, J Marshall, B McDermottG: D Holt 4Half-time: Swinton 12 Barrow 8Seventh placed Barrow are eliminated from the National League Two play-offsFeatherstone 46 defeated Gateshead 18at Post Office Road (Att: 914)FeatherstoneT: D Kirmond 3, W McHugh, C Hughes 2, P Hughes, J I'AnsonG: J Benn 3, S Dickens 4GatesheadT: W Liddell, N Thorman, J McKayG: W Liddell 3Half-time: Featherstone 22 Gateshead 12Sixth placed Gateshead are eliminated from the National League Two play-offsSource: www.therfl.co.uk
THE RFL has announced that following the agreement to broadcast the two Federation Shield 2006 fixtures to be played in France live across southern France/Catalonia, including Barcelona, with French television company Canal Plus, a revised fixture list has been issued.France will now play Samoa in Colomiers on Sunday, October 29 rather than Saturday, October 28, while the France v Tonga fixture will now kick off at 3.45pm on Sunday, November 5.The England v France game on October 22 and the Shield Final on November 12 will be televised live by Sky Sports.What?s more, a special offer for Rugby League?s newest international tournament, the Federation Shield 2006, has been announced by the RFL.Now all Rugby League club season ticket holders who want to see matches involving England, France, Samoa and Tonga this autumn will qualify for a special discounted ticket deal.The Federation Shield already offers fantastic value for money with tickets priced at ?15 and ?10 for adults, and ?5 for concessions.All junior season ticket holders can take advantage of a ?Quid a Kid? offer, while adult tickets are available with a ?5 reduction. Senior Citizens can also purchase their concession tickets for ?1.Tickets can be purchased from RFL Ticketing on 0870 990 1313. Season ticket numbers will have to be stated to receive the offers above.Simon Malcolm, the RFL?s Director of Marketing, said: ?The Federation Shield will offer fans the opportunity to see some of the engage Super League?s best players as well as up-and-coming international stars.?We wanted as many Rugby League fans as possible to have the opportunity of watching these exciting fixtures as well as rewarding them for their loyalty to their sport of Rugby League throughout 2006?.The revised fixture list is as follows:- 22 October 2006 at Headingley Carnegie Stadium, LeedsTonga v Samoa (3.45pm)England v France (5.45pm) 29 October 2006 at Twickenham Stoop, LondonEngland v Tonga (3.00pm)29 October 2006 at Benichou Stadium, ColomiersFrance v Samoa (5.30pm)5 November 2006 at KC Stadium, HullEngland v Samoa (3.00pm)5 November 2006 at Municipal Stadium Pierre, Antoine, CastresFrance v Tonga (3.45pm) 12 November 2006 at Halton Stadium, WidnesFederation Shield Final (3.30pm)Source: www.therfl.co.uk
ENGLAND Rugby League have named a 20-man train-on squad to begin preparations for this autumn?s 2006 Federation Shield tournament.
FOLLOWING the independent audit of the 2005 Salary Cap returns for engage Super League, it has been found that Bradford Bulls have a case to answer relating to an alleged breach.
AT a meeting of the RFL independent judiciary panel, the Wigan Warriors club has been found guilty of breaching the 2005 Super League Salary Cap.The panel found that the Wigan club had a Salary Cap of between 52 and 55 per cent (of relevant club income) at the end of 2005 and therefore, in accordance with the RFL?s Operational Rules (which set a limit on spending of no more than 50% of relevant club income), has suffered a penalty of the deduction of two competition points.The panel also found that in the course of the breach, the Wigan club was guilty of conduct prejudicial to the interests of the game. They have been fined ?50,000 plus costs in respect of this.The Wigan club pleaded guilty to both charges in the course of the hearing.Both penalties take immediate effect and thus the deduction of competition points applies to the current 2006 engage Super League competition table.An officially revised table will be published in due course. A date for the hearing regarding Bradford's case is yet to be disclosed.Source: www.therfl.co.uk