Arsenal vs Burnley and Man City vs Tottenham among live commentary games on talkSPORT this Saturday

12 Aug

Saturday is GameDay on talkSPORT as we bring you more live Premier League football than ever before in 2019/20.

After a thrilling opening day, we’ve got more cracking top-flight action in store this weekend.

First up is Arsenal vs Burnley in the lunchtime kick-off, before we head to Carrow Road for Newcastle vs Norwich.

Then it’s a mouthwatering match-up between Manchester City, the champions, and last season’s Champions League finalists Manchester City.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Arsenal face Burnley this Saturday

You can also listen to EFL action on Saturday with Sunderland hosting Portsmouth.

Plus, we’ve got our Around the Grounds show and Full-Time Phone-In so you can keep up to date with everything.

We can’t wait!

Here’s all the info you need to catch what we’ve got in store on talkSPORT this weekend.

  • GameDay Live: Arsenal vs Burnley – live on talkSPORT, Saturday at 11am
  • EFL GameDay Live: Sunderland vs Portsmouth – live on talkSPORT 2, Saturday at 11am
  • GameDay Live: Norwich vs Newcastle – live on talkSPORT 2, Saturday at 2pm
  • GameDay Live: Manchester City vs Tottenham – live on talkSPORT, Saturday at 5:15pm

Saturday is GameDay on talkSPORT and talkSPORT 2 as we become your go to destination for all the Premier League action. We’ll bring you LIVE commentary of Premier League games across all three time slots on Saturday – 12.30pm, 3pm and 5.30pm – delivering award-winning coverage to more GameDay listeners than ever.

Super League and RFL launch investigation after huge brawl between fans of Warrington Wolves and Catalans Dragons

4 Aug

Super League and the RFL will launch an investigation into the ugly scenes which marred the end of Saturday’s clash between Catalans Dragons and Warrington in Perpignan.

Catalans duo Sam Tomkins and Michael McIlorum saw red after the match for their role in an on-field fracas, while tempers also flared in the stands, with fans trying to climb over barriers in ugly scenes as punches reigned down.

Warrington’s Jake Mamo also received a second yellow card in the incident, as the Dragons defeated Warrington 30-10.

Warrington and Catalans fans clash in Perpignan

“We were appalled to see the pictures from Perpignan, and an investigation will be launched,” read a joint statement from Super League and the RFL.

“The scenes are alien to Super League and have no place in our game. We will be taking firm action to make it clear this behaviour is totally unacceptable.”

A Warrington statement explained that the club is “working in conjunction with Catalans Dragons and Super League to gather further information”, while Bernard Guasch – the hosts’ chairman – said: “We are now waiting for the CCTV footage before making any decision.”

Warrington’s release added: “We sincerely believe that this behaviour does not reflect the vast majority of our loyal and supportive fan base following the team in France this weekend.”

There were reports of chairs and glass being thrown

Man of the match Tomkins had created three tries and kicked seven goals as Catalans claimed a 30-10 victory.

“We’ve always had good challenges against Catalans every time we play them,” said Warrington coach Steve Price. “It was really disappointing how the game finished – you don’t like to see that, do you?”

When asked whether he thought events on the pitch had influenced those off it, Price responded: “What do you reckon? I think you’re answering the question yourself there.”

Price also criticised the officiating of referee James Child – a sentiment echoed by opposite number Steve McNamara.

“I’m clearly not happy with the whole of the game in terms of how it was managed,” said McNamara. “After the game I will take that up with the relevant people.

“I think it is best to stay nice and calm and speak to the relevant people and deal with the issues that will be brought up from that game.

“I have no idea how (the scenes at the end of the game) have come about, but it’s disgraceful scenes that we don’t want to see in our sport and I’m sure, again, the relevant people will look into that and find out.

“I just sincerely hope that no one is hurt from that because it didn’t look good.”

McNamara did, however, hit out at a suggestion from Price that his side had deliberately slowed the game down.

“I’m sick and tired of every time a team comes here and complains about the tactics and how tough it is and how difficult it is,” he said.

“I’ve said this numerous times, we have to do it 14, 15, 16 times a year. We face it every week when we travel away, yet teams want to whinge and carry on when they come here because it’s our ground.

“The best team won today and the best team won by a long way in the end and that result was correct. Nothing to do with anything other than the better team won on the day, simple as that.”

Price added that it was ‘way too early’ to offer an update on the fitness of Blake Austin, who left the field with a suspected ankle injury.

The result meant St Helens took the League Leaders’ Shield, with Warrington cut adrift.

NRL star James Graham to donate his BRAIN to science in order to help research into concussion

30 Jun

NRL star James Graham has revealed he will donate his brain to science in a bid to help further research into concussion.

He becomes the first current rugby league player to donate his brain – joining the likes of legends Peter Sterling and Mark Carroll in donating theirs.

Graham says he wants to help the study on the impacts concussion has on rugby league players
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This comes after a study at Royal Prince Alfred Hospital, New South Wales’ Health Pathology and the University of Sydney’s Brain and Mind Centre examined the brains of two middle-aged dead former rugby league players, both of who played over 150 first grade games.

That study discovered chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) on the brains of the former players — a disease linked to repeated head trauma and widely associated with the NFL.

In an interview with Fox Sports Australia, Graham, who plays for St George Illawarra Dragons in Australia said he’s determined to help scientists and rugby navigate the “very tricky and complex situation” of concussion.

He said: “I sent my papers off on Wednesday (to donate my brain) so I guess when I die my brain and spinal cord, if I’m in Sydney, will be going to the Sydney University for them to look at, examine and hopefully some good can come of this.

“It was a personal decision to be honest.

“I think when you’re dead you’re dead so I don’t know if there is an afterlife or whatever it may be, but I won’t be going there with a brain.

“Your next of kin has to sign the papers so it was a conversation that came up, but my wife was happy to sign.”

Prop Graham has also put himself forward to do tests for the rest of his rugby league career to see how things change after any potential concussions.

He added: “I’ve been on the receiving end of some concussions and head traumas, so I’m trying to arm myself with as much information as possible.

“I want to be proactive rather than sit there at 70 or 80 and wonder how I am in this situation and why can’t I remember things.

“I have been in touch with people at the Monash Trauma Group and I am about to undergo a couple of tests there.”

Graham has been an advocate for studying the effects of concussion in his own experiences in rugby league and wants to be part of the solution.

Graham said: “It is about getting a baseline and seeing if things change over time and after injuries if there is another concussion and we repeat the tests and see how the results vary or if they vary at all.

“There is an MRI test which connects the brain regions and an eye test looking at brain circuits and there is a neuropsychological test looking at cognitive and emotional responses.

“The goal is to keep doing these tests in the future and see if there is a change.

“There are other choices I make outside of rugby league and based upon those results that might change me in terms of substance abuse and whether I continue to play sport etc.

“Whether I can get some medication to help with those things I’m not too sure, but I’m looking forward to finding out the answers.”

The Dragons’ enforcer then paid tribute to all the other players that have been willing to donate their brains to science.

He said: “It’s great to see people like Peter Sterling donating his brain and I think the more players of all codes can sign up, it can only lead to more research being done and figuring out the answers of what is a very tricky and complex situation.

“Now that it’s out there, now that it’s confirmed they’ve found CTE in some former NRL players, it brings the talk about concussion back to the table.

“I’m really pleased to see the game is taking it seriously and I’m really interested to see the next step we take as a game.”

Wales coach Shaun Edwards tells talkSPORT clarity over his Wigan Warriors future will arise in the coming days

20 Mar

Shaun Edwards has told talkSPORT he will offer clarity on his uncertain future in the coming days, after revealing he hasn’t signed a contract with Wigan Warriors.

The Super League club announced in August that Edwards, their former player, would become head coach in 2020 when his current role as Wales defence coach comes to an end.

However, after helping Wales win the Six Nations Grand Slam on Saturday, the former scrum-half claimed he will be unemployed after the World Cup this summer – because the Warriors failed to finalise his return to rugby league.

Edwards would subsequently become available for a role in the England set-up, which he has been linked to alongside Wales head coach Warren Gatland.

Shaun Edwards has not signed a contract with Wigan

Wigan, clearly stunned by Edwards’ comments, declared their intention to speak with him as a matter of urgency, and the Englishman today offered some clarity on talkSPORT.

“I’m going to speak to Wigan over the next few days,” he told Jim White.

“I’ve not signed a contract and I’ve been conversing with the chairman and there’ll be a statement in the next few days.”

He added: “I need to come down to Earth.

“It’s like having five Challenge Cup finals on the bounce being in the Six Nations because of the size of the crowds and the interest in the games.

“I need time to think and evaluate the situation.”


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  • Kazakhstan vs Scotland (Thursday) – talkSPORT 2
  • England vs Czech Republic (Friday) – talkSPORT
  • Walsall vs Barnsley (Saturday) – talkSPORT 2
  • Shrewsbury vs Portsmouth (Saturday) – talkSPORT 2
  • Gibraltar vs Republic of Ireland (Saturday) – talkSPORT 2
  • San Marino vs Scotland (Sunday) – talkSPORT 2
  • Netherlands vs Germany (Sunday) – talkSPORT 2

Gatland is the leading candidate to coach the British and Irish Lions on their tour to South Africa in 2021 – and rumours suggest Edwards could join him.

While Edwards was keen to dodge any questions on his future, he hailed Gatland as one of the best coaches in world sport.

“His coaching on this [Six Nations] campaign has been absolutely off the radar, it’s been magnificent,” Edwards continued.

Warren Gatland and Shaun Edwards have been linked with England

“He’s not only one of the best coaches in world rugby, he’s one of the best coaches in world sport.

“For myself, it was pretty important as well because it was my 50th winners’ medal – 36 in rugby league and now 14 in rugby union.

“But Warren’s leadership has been an absolute A-to-Z of how to lead competitors.”

Ben Crooks: Hull KR winger suffers broken vertebra during Super League fixture

19 Feb

Ben Crooks suffered a broken vertebra during his Hull KR’s 22-12 defeat of London Broncos on Sunday, the Super League club have announced.

After failing to return to the field for the second half, the former Hull, Castleford and Leigh winger was taken to hospital for x-rays and scans for a full diagnosis of the injury.

Crooks suffered the injury during Hull KR’s defeat of London Broncos

Rovers say Crooks will be sidelined for up to six weeks.

“Hull Kingston Rovers can confirm that Ben Crooks will be sidelined for up to six weeks after suffering a back injury against London Broncos last weekend,” a club statement read.

“The club will work closely with Ben to ensure he returns to full fitness and ready for match action as soon as possible.”

Crooks admitted he was worried about the severity of his injury when doctors sent him for a CT scan after initial tests.

“When I got there I had an X-ray and the doctor said I had a chipped piece of bone,” Crooks told the Yorkshire Post. “But they then sent me for a CT scan to get a better picture of it.

“As soon as he said that – that I needed more scans and tests – it did set my heart racing a little.

“You start wondering if it will heal on its own, will I need surgery to have something corrected, is it career-threatening or even life-threatening?

“When it comes to your spine or your neck you do start to think the worst; things flash through your head pretty quickly.

“But luckily it’s not a bad one. It will keep me out for at least six weeks and I’ll be in a bit of pain, but it’s nothing too threatening.”

Wigan Warriors 8-20 Sydney Roosters: Sydney punish poor Wigan start to win World Club Challenge

17 Feb

Wigan paid the price for a woeful start as they went down 20-8 to Sydney Roosters in the 25th World Club Challenge at the DW Stadium.

Former Australia Test threequarter Brett Morris took advantage of two defensive blunders to score two tries inside eight minutes of his debut and went on to complete a hat-trick before half-time as the Roosters established a 14-4 lead.

Boyd Cordner hoisted the trophy aloft

The Super League champions rallied after their dreadful opening and tries from wingers Tom Davies and Liam Marshall gave them hope but they had left themselves too much to do.

Morris was named man-of-the-match, repeating his feat from the 2011 final when he scored two tries for St George Illawarra as they beat Wigan, also at the DW Stadium.

Wigan had hoped to set a new mark with a fifth win on their record-equalling eighth appearance in the annual global challenge but it is the Roosters who maintained their 100 per cent record with a fourth triumph to draw level with their hosts and Melbourne Storm.

The Roosters’ victory, which followed their 36-14 win over the Warriors in Sydney in 2014, is the 12th by Australian clubs going back to 1987 and, perhaps more significantly, a ninth in the last 11 years.

Brett Morris scored a hat-trick

Not all the Australian clubs have taken the concept seriously but Roosters coach Trent Robinson showed he meant business by taking his squad to Paris for a training camp en route to England and he was able to field 13 members of the side that beat Melbourne 21-6 in last September’s NRL Grand Final.

However, it was the one newcomer who stole the limelight, with Morris, who got his chance in the absence of centre Latrell Mitchell, making a blistering start to his Roosters career.

He shrugged off the attempted tackle of Oliver Gildart and Thomas Leuluai to score the opening try after only three minutes and doubled his tally five minutes later, stretching out of a four-man tackle to plant the ball over the line.

Prop Sio Siua Taukeiaho kicked one conversion to put the visitors 10-0 ahead and stun the home crowd but the Wigan fans were on their feet when hooker Sam Powell was tackled high and late by prop Jared Waerea-Hargreaves.

Liam Marshall gave Wigan hope

The big Kiwi international got away with a lecture from referee Robert Hicks but Wigan made the most of back-to-back penalties to build pressure on the visitors’ line and it paid off after 19 minutes when half-backs Leuluai and George Williams worked the ball out wide for Gildart to get Davies over for a much-needed try.

But Zak Hardaker was unable to add the conversion and the Warriors’ brave fightback was halted by Morris, who was crafted sufficient spaced by half-backs Cooper Cronk and Luke Keary to complete his hat-trick nine minutes before the break.

An interception from centre Dan Sarginson and a one-on-one ball steal by skipper Sean O’Loughlin gave Wigan renewed hope early in the second half.

Daniel Tupoue added Sydney’s fourth

The Roosters were forced into some desperate defence to keep their line intact and Wigan were equally resolute, holding substitute Nat Butcher up over the line and forcing winger Matt Ikuvalu into touch when he threatened at the corner.

Taukeiaho kicked a 40-metre penalty midway through the second half to extend the Australian club’s lead but Marshall kept Wigan’s hopes alive with a 65th-minute try in which he made the most of a poor pass by Williams to touch down at the corner.

It was never going to be enough, though, and left winger Daniel Tupou had the final say when he plucked Keary’s kick out of the air to score the Roosters’ fourth try four minutes from the end.

Salford 14-46 Leeds: Jack Walker treble helps Rhinos rout Red Devils

17 Feb

Jack Walker grabbed a hat-trick of tries as Leeds got their Super League campaign up and running with a 46-14 thrashing of previously unbeaten Salford.

The Rhinos, under new coach David Furner, had lost their opening two games of the season at Warrington and Wigan but got off the mark in convincing fashion at the AJ Bell Stadium.

Jack Walker

Leeds’ 19-year-old full-back Walker led the way with three tries, while centre Konrad Hurrell crossed twice and Matt Parcell, Ash Handley and Adam Cuthbertson also touched down, with Tuimoala Lolohea kicking seven goals.

In reply Salford, who went into the contest as Super League leaders, claimed tries through Joey Lussick and Josh Jones and three goals from Ken Sio.

The Red Devils were unchanged from the side that beat London Broncos 24-0, while Leeds made two changes from the defeat at Wigan as Cameron Smith and Brad Singleton came into the squad.

Salford opened the scoring after just seven minutes when hooker Lussick darted over from dummy half and Sio converted.

But the visitors took control of the game with three tries in a stunning five-minute spell minute midway through the first half.

Cuthbertson collected Trent Merrin’s offload to crash over from close range and then a superb midfield break by Kallum Watkins saw him send the supporting Walker in under the posts for the full-back’s first try.

And when Salford put the restart out on the full it gave the Rhinos the position from which to claim another try as Lolohea’s kick was touched down by Hurrell.

Lolohea landed all three conversions as an entertaining half ended with the visitors holding a 12-point lead.

David Furner

Salford reduced that deficit to just six points four minutes after the restart when on the sixth tackle Josh Jones manged to burrow through some poor defending to touch down and Sio converted.

But the home side were reduced to 12-men when Jansin Turgut was sent to the sin-bin for retaliation which caused a minor skirmish and Lolohea booted over the resulting penalty to make it 20-12.

A Sio penalty cut the Rhinos’ lead to six points but Hurrell’s second try of the game was followed four minutes later by a Parcell score.

Walker then claimed two tries in three minutes to complete his hat-trick and Handley also touched down to complete the rout.

Hull KR 22-12 London Broncos: Rovers recover from Warrington defeat with victory over Broncos

17 Feb

Hull KR bounced back from their defeat at Warrington to beat the London Broncos 22-12 at KCOM Craven Park.

Tim Sheens’ side trailed 6-4 at half-time but three tries in the second half gave the Robins back-to-back home wins to start their season while London suffered their second successive away defeat after losing 24-0 at Salford.

Danny McGuire

Rovers started brightly and registered the game’s first try in the fourth minute following a London error 15 metres from their own line. Kane Linnett spun his way over the whitewash with two Broncos trying unsuccessfully to stop him. Josh Drinkwater’s conversion hit the left hand upright to leave Rovers leading 4-0.

It was a short-lived lead as the visitors responded quickly with a ninth-minute try. James Cunningham broke a tackle and sent second rower Matthew Gee over for the score. Kieran Dixon’s conversion gave the Broncos a 6-4 lead.

An incorrect play-the-ball by London in the 30th minute 10 metres from their own line went unpunished as a forward pass on the first tackle from the resulting penalty halted the home side’s attack. It was a passage of play that summed up the first half as neither side handled the ball well and came up with unforced errors close to the opposition’s try line.

Rovers came close to ending the first half with a try when Danny McGuire’s grubber kick two minutes before half-time was fumbled by Junior Vaivai in the in-goal area with team-mate Linnett going for the same ball.

Hull KR regained the lead three minutes into the second half when Mitch Garbutt powered his way over the line from McGuire’s pass close to the Broncos line. Drinkwater made no mistake with the conversion to give his side a 10-6 lead.

It was soon followed by Rovers’ third try of the game with Craig Hall this time going over after Vaivai’s pass created the opening for the winger to score. Hall took the conversion instead of Drinkwater and sent the kick through the posts to extend the home side’s lead to 16-6.

Mose Masoe played a bit part in Rovers’ fourth try in the 55th minute with a great offload to the supporting Garbutt who stretched the ball over the try line for his second score of the game. Hall again added the extras to extend Rovers’ advantage to 22-6.

Mose Masoe

Eloi Pelissier was shown a yellow card for his high tackle on Rovers full-back Will Dagger who was trying to gather the restart but Sheens’ side failed to make their extra man pay during the 10 minutes the Frenchman was in the sin bin.

On his return to the action, Pelissier almost created a try for Will Lovell, but the Broncos’ second row forward was unable to ground the hooker’s kick cleanly.

The last score went to London with seven minutes remaining. Jordan Abdull’s kick through bounced kindly for Jay Pitts to ground the ball for the visitors’ second try of the game. Dixon’s conversion left the final score 22-12.

Hull FC 18-26 Castleford: Two tries from Michael Shenton helps Tigers make it two wins from two in Super League

7 Feb

It’s two wins in two Betfred Super League games for Castleford as they claimed a 26-18 victory over Hull FC at the KCOM Stadium.

Tigers skipper Michael Shenton scored two of their five tries despite three missed conversions from Paul McShane, leaving Hull without a point so far this season.

Shenton was the game’s standout player

More worryingly for the Black and Whites, their losing run now stands at 13 games dating back to June 2018.

Shenton gave the visitors the ideal start with the game’s opening try in the fourth minute. Jake Trueman broke free from Hakim Miloudi’s tackle to create the opening for Shenton. Paul McShane’s conversion gave Castleford an early 6-0 advantage.

It got better for Daryl Powell’s side when they scored their second try in the 13th minute. McShane’s grubber kick was grounded by Jesse Sene-Lefao despite the attempts of Hull prop Scott Taylor to defend his line. McShane was off target with his conversion attempt, but his side led 10-0.

Castleford raced to a 10-0 lead inside the first 15 minutes

Hull eventually managed to get downfield and put the Tigers under pressure on their own try line. Moments after Mark Minichiello was held up, Joe Westerman powered his way over the line against his old. Marc Sneyd’s conversion cut Castleford’s lead to 10-6.

Hull were level in the 27th minute through a well-worked try between Hull’s two half-backs with Sneyd’s precision kick collected superbly by Jake Connor to score on his return from a one-match suspension. Sneyd’s conversion edge Hull into a 12-10 lead after 27 minutes.

Castleford ended the first half in the same manner they began it, by attacking Hull’s line. Again it was Tigers skipper Shenton finishing the move that was made easier by Miloudi’s decision to vacate his outside position in the defensive line that made Shenton’s job a lot simpler.

McShane found the conversion close to the touchline much harder and his missed attempt meant the visitors led 14-12 at the break.

Eight minutes into the second half, Castleford extended their lead to 18-12 with their third unconverted try of the game. James Clare ended a flowing attack by grounding the ball in mid air to avoid going into touch.

Hull were then denied a try when Connor’s score was disallowed for an obstruction prior to him strolling through to score.

In their next set, Castleford extended their lead to 24-12 with their fifth try of the contest. McShane, who was at the heart of most of the Tigers’ attacks, dropped a grubber kick through for Junior Moors to ground. McShane ended his run of missed goals by adding the extras.

But Hull came back with a try four minutes later when Jordan Lane was sent over the whitewash by Jamie Shaul. Sneyd’s conversion closed Castleford’s lead to six points.

Hull scored three tries in the game but it was not enough to get anything out of the game

Castleford made it an eight-point game when they were awarded a penalty 17 minutes from time. With three missed kicks to his name, McShane handed the kicking duties to Jordan Rankin who split the uprights with his kick to make it 26-18.

Needing to score twice to rescue anything from the game, Hull were unable to threaten the visitors’ line in the closing stages of the game.

Ben Barba: Super League’s Man of Steel sacked by North Queensland Cowboys after allegedly assaulting his partner

1 Feb

Ben Barba, Super League’s reigning Man of Steel, has been sacked after allegedly assaulting his partner in a casino.

North Queensland Cowboys have terminated Barba’s contract without him playing a game, having joined the NRL side from St Helens at the end of last season.

A club statement confirmed Barba had committed a ‘significant breach of the terms of his contract’.

“When a player joins the North Queensland Cowboys he agrees to abide by the terms of the contract,” chairman Laurence Lancini said.

“After an internal investigation, it has been determined that this player has acted in contradiction to both the terms and the spirit of that agreement.

“Accordingly, the club has terminated his contract and has informed the NRL’s integrity unit.”

Barba is alleged to have assaulted his partner, Ainslie Currie, in a casino in Townsville, The Sydney Morning Herald report.

The NRL were made aware of the incident, which took place on Friday afternoon, and Queensland Police are investigating.

Currie has previously denied allegations she was assaulted by Barba, with photos showing her with facial injuries surfacing in 2013.

The couple separated soon after, but later reunited and had more children together.

Barba was named Man of Steel ahead of his return to Australia

Barba, from Darwin, Australia, played for Canterbury Bulldogs, Brisbane Broncos and Cronulla Sharks before joining St Helens on a two-and-a-half-year contract.

However, he spent just a season in Super League before penning terms with North Queensland Cowboys.

Barba was named Man of Steel and also won the Dally M Medal for the 2018 season.