Featherstone choose Simms

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Steve Simms, who resigned at Halifax at the start of this season, has been named as the new coach at Featherstone Rovers. Simms has been hired on an 18-month contract, emerging from a short-list that also included local candidates, John Joyner and Dave Topliss, with his first job being to stabilise the side's precarious position near the bottom of the First Division.

Beyond that, Rovers, with an improving ground and a wealth of tradition, have other goals. "The board have every confidence in Steve's ability to achieve Rovers' ambition to play at the highest level," the club said in announcing Simms as successor to David Ward. "Steve Simms has the relevant coaching qualities, bearing in mind his Super League experience, to match Rovers' Super League aspirations."

Simms made his name coaching the junior sides at South Sydney. He coached Leigh for two years before taking over at Halifax in 1994. He will take charge for the first time against Widnes on Sunday, but Joyner - widely regarded as favourite for the job - is planning to take a break from the game.

The former Castleford coach pulled out of the running at the weekend. Unlike him, Topliss, who has been out of the game since leaving Wakefield three years ago, says he is ready to return and will try for other jobs.

The St Helens second-row forward, Chris Morley, will learn today whether he will have to face a disciplinary hearing later this week over a tackle for which he was placed on report. Morley was reported over a suspected high challenge on Warrington's Toa Kohe-Love on Sunday. A suspension of more than a single match would rule him out of the Challenge Cup final at Wembley on 3 May.

Next season's final will also be at its traditional venue, as work on upgrading Wembley will not begin until later in the year.

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