Anderson's move to St Helens shocks Broncos and Bradford

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Vinnie Anderson, the Kiwi international at the centre of a bitter tug-of-war between London and Bradford, has shocked them both by joining St Helens.

Vinnie Anderson, the Kiwi international at the centre of a bitter tug-of-war between London and Bradford, has shocked them both by joining St Helens.

It was the Rugby League's refusal to register Anderson as a Broncos player that put the spotlight on the club's financial plight, which saw them go into liquidation last week.

Bradford, who also wanted to sign Anderson, were at the forefront of the opposition to London being allowed to continue in Super League. After their re-instatement, however, the Broncos hoped to complete the signing. "But we haven't registered him, because he is joining St Helens," said London's chief executive, Nic Cartwright.

Saints have also signed Sale's England Under-19 centre, Chris Rhys Jones, who will join them when his rugby union season ends.

Wigan will be without back-rower Gareth Hock for the rest of the season as he needs a knee reconstruction. Danny Orr is also likely to be missing for a month after damaging his shoulder against Widnes.

Wigan will not be affected by Greater Manchester Police's threat to withdraw Wigan Athletic's safety certificate because of an unpaid £300,000 bill for policing football at the JJB Stadium. "We have an agreement that we don't need any police," said Wigan's chairman, Maurice Lindsay. "We are self-policing."

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