Rugby League: Eagles to share United's roost
Dave Hadfield was a schoolboy convert to rugby league, the game which, one way or another, has dominated his life ever since. After working for newspapers in Shropshire and Blackpool (where he covered the fortunes of Blackpool Borough) he travelled the world, working mainly in Hong Kong and Sydney. He became The Independent's rugby league man in 1990 and has written five books on the game and broadcast extensively for Sky and the BBC. Dave played his last game at the age of 53 and would have set up a try if anyone could have been bothered supporting his break. When not writing about the sport, he now limits himself to a bit of tick and pass with his local club, the Bolton Mets. Family includes supporters - of varying degrees of dedication - of Salford, Wigan, Sheffield Eagles and St George Illawarra.
Saturday 14 September 1996
The Eagles will play their home Super League matches at the ground from next April, although they may still use the Don Valley for Challenge Cup ties. The Eagles' founder, Gary Hetherington, said the arrangement was a long-term one, with the two clubs negotiating a 10-year lease.
South Wales are to delay a decision on whether to accept a place in the First Division, rather than in Super League, until their chairman, Jeffrey Taylor, returns from abroad next week.
Two players who appeared in Super League for Wigan this summer have been made available for transfer. Andrew Craig, priced at pounds 50,000, and Matt Knowles, at pounds 25,000, will be allowed to move on in search of regular first- team league.
Papua New Guinea have appointed Bob Bennett, brother of the Brisbane Broncos' coach and former Test player, Wayne Bennett, as their coach for the Test against Great Britain later this month. Bob Bennett has predicted that PNG will win the match in Lae on 28 September: "It will be so hot that the Poms won't be able to breathe, and we will hit them with everything."
John Bentley, the Halifax winger, has withdrawn from the Great Britain tour because his wife has given birth prematurely to their third child. He is replaced by Warrington's Jonathan Roper.
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