Anderson brothers boost Wolves' pack

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Warrington are to reunite the Anderson brothers in their pack next year. The younger sibling, Louis, has revealed that he is to leave the New Zealand Warriors at the end of the 2007 season to play for two years alongside his brother, Vinnie, at the Halliwell Jones Stadium. "We're a tight family and this is probably the last chance I'll have to play in the same team as him," said the 21-year-old Louis.

Vinnie, aged 27, has joined the Wolves on a three-year contract after being released by St Helens. The two have previously joined forces for the Warriors and for New Zealand, for whom Louis has played 13 times as a hooker and a back-row forward. "Louis is an international player of great quality," said the Warrington coach, Paul Cullen.

Warrington have offered the England stand-off, Charlie Hodgson, the chance to train with them this summer to hone his fitness for the World Cup.

Leeds have agreed a contract extension that will keep Ashley Gibson at Headingley until the end of the 2009 season. The 20-year-old utility back made 12 appearances last year as well as representing England in the Federation Shield.

"I hope I can follow in the footsteps of Rob Burrow, Danny McGuire and Kevin Sinfield, who have all come through the academy system and gone on to play for Great Britain," Gibson said.

Bradford's promising young forward Sam Burgess has revealed that he is combining his developing rugby career with caring for his seriously ill father. The former Dewsbury and Rochdale player Mark Burgess has motor neurone disease. "My dad's got to the stage where me and my brothers have to do a lot for him, because he can't really get around," Burgess said.