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Paul Wood is to wear a box after rupturing his testicle and has moved in with Holly Henderson

Boxed in: Wood relieved to be back after ruptured testicle but not so happy about his extra protection

Ian Laybourn, Press Association


17:07 GMT, 8 January 2013



18:10 GMT, 8 January 2013

Warrington forward Paul Wood, who played on in the Grand Final with a ruptured testicle, has decided to take further precaution this season by wearing a box.

Wood was dubbed the toughest athlete in the world after the incident and was back in training within a week of surgery.

He cannot wait to play again and said: 'I had a box fitted but whether I play in it all year I don’t know.

Hard nut: Paul Wood carried on playing in the Grand Final against Leeds after rupturing a testicle

Hard nut: Paul Wood carried on playing in the Grand Final against Leeds after rupturing a testicle

'I’ve tried it out. I prefer not to
play in it but, once I get a bit of confidence, I’ll probably take it
off, especially when it gets warm.'

Warrington head to Tenerife next
week for a warm-weather training camp ahead of their opening Super League match
against Castleford on February 3.

'It will be good to get back on the
field and get some normality back,' he added. 'It’s good when you’ve got
something to focus on throughout the week. You’re a bit lost without
the games.

'Once the season is finished you’re
glad because you can get over your aches and pains but once you’ve had a
couple of weeks off you’re ready to get back into it.

'I can’t wait for the season to
start. I’m out of contract this year and I’d like to sign another
extension and finish my career at Warrington.

'It’s going to be a big year for me. I need to have the best year I’ve had.'

Wood has also had to endure shocking revelations about his personal life since getting injured.

He opened up about his obsessive compulsive disorder in the build-up to the Challenge Cup final last summer.

Wood has found stardom, and with it a new celebrity girlfriend in Holly Henderson

Lovers: Wood has found stardom, and with it a new celebrity girlfriend in Holly Henderson

And the 31-year-old prop hit the headlines last week when he was alleged to have left his wife Shelley and two young children to move in with local celebrity Holly Henderson, who used to date Manchester City footballer Mario Balotelli.

Wood might have been forgiven for keeping a low profile at Warrington's pre-season media day but he was happy to fulfil his duties at the Halliwell Jones Stadium.

'I thought I’d face the music,' he said. 'I’ve nothing to hide.

'There’s been some truth in the papers and there’s been some lies as well but I’m not going to broadcast my personal life. I’ll leave it as it is.

'The people who are close to me know exactly what’s gone on and they’re the people that count.'

Wood was a little more forthcoming over the injury that brought him worldwide fame.

The tough-tackling forward played on for 20 minutes after accidentally being kneed in the groin by Leeds centre Kallum Watkins at the start of the second half of the Grand Final.

He made no mention of the injury in post-match interviews but was subsequently taken to hospital for surgery to have the testicle removed and later made light of his misfortune, tweeting: 'Just coming out of hospital to go home … Seriously feel like I’ve left something'.

Wood (left tackler) has always been known as a no-nonsense player

Strongman: Wood (left tackler) has always been known as a no-nonsense player

The tweet soon went viral and, for the first time in a 13-year career at the highest level of domestic rugby league, Wood was a man in demand.

'The reaction was absolutely unbelievable – everyone wanted to talk to me,' he said.

'The weirdest thing was seeing my story come up as a question on The Million Pound Drop with Davina McCall.

'It was good for rugby league. It’s probably had more coverage than anything else over the last few years.

'Someone told me I was among the five best sporting moments of the year in a magazine so again it’s just good for rugby league, that people appreciate how hard the game is.'

Harlequins 21 Bath 12

Harlequins 21 Bath 12: Botica inspires Quins to second LV Cup victory



22:14 GMT, 16 November 2012

Main man: Ben Botica

Main man: Ben Botica

Fly-half Ben Botica only played the first half but his 15 points set Aviva Premiership leaders Harlequins on the way to their second victory in the LV Cup.

The 23-year-old son of former Wigan and Castleford rugby league star Frano Botica kicked five penalties from five attempts for Quins, 31-30 winners at Northampton last weekend.

Botica's teenage replacement Louis Grimoldby added two second-half penalties to kill off a fightback by Bath, who had been comprehensively outplayed in the first period.

Former All Blacks fly-half Stephen Donald kicked three penalties for the visitors, with his replacement Tom Heathcote kicking one.

But their cause was not helped by the sin-binning of prop Anthony Perinese in the first half and replacement hooker Brett Sharman in the second.

Harlequins, with first-choice centres Jordan Turner-Hall and George Lowe returning from knee and ankle injuries respectively, totally dominated the first half but lacked the cutting edge to score a try.

Botica, standing in for the rested Nick Evans, booted Quins into the lead with a first-minute penalty, landing another three minutes later.

He kicked his third in the 14th minute following a scrum infringement but Donald reduced the deficit soon after.

The Harlequins scrum was proving a real handful and, after back-pedalling Bath offended again in the 19th minute, Botica stroked over his fourth penalty to make it 12-3.

Bath were punished for yet another scrum infringement and Perinese was sin-binned by referee James Jones after 26 minutes.

However, three minutes later Donald kicked his second penalty when Harlequins were caught offside on their own 22-metre line.

Quins responded with Botica's fifth penalty from wide out on the left.

Struggle: Tom Guest powers through for Harlequins

Struggle: Tom Guest powers through for Harlequins

After being forced to defend for virtually the entire half, Bath finally made their first incursion into the Quins 22 in the final minute.

Harlequins desperately defended a wave of attacks and even though Bath prop Charlie Beech forced his way over, he was held up by weight of numbers.

Botica, who had taken a heavy knock late in the first half, was replaced by teenager Louis Grimoldby, who made his senior debut.

Donald pulled back another penalty for Bath six minutes into the second half, but the visitors then suffered a blow with the loss of centre Ben Williams, who was carried off on a stretcher with a leg injury.

Bath replaced Williams with Semesa Rokoduguni and sent on first-choice scrum-half Michael Claassens – making his 150th appearance for the club – for Chris Cook in a bid to turn their fortunes around.

Claasens immediately linked with Donald to set up an attack and Bath posed a far more serious threat as Quins lost their earlier momentum.

Heathcote, who had replaced Donald seven minutes earlier, cut the deficit to three points with a 65th-minute penalty but Grimoldby restored the six-point margin three minutes later and added another penalty eight minutes from time.

Keith Ashcroft dies: Former Wigan and St Helens prop, passes away, aged 72

Rugby League mourns death of former Wigan and St Helens prop Ashcroft, aged 72



15:34 GMT, 5 November 2012

Former Wigan, St Helens and Swinton prop Keith Ashcroft has died aged 72.

Ashcroft controversially had a try disallowed at Wembley in the 1970 Challenge Cup final when Wigan lost 7-2 to Castleford.

He played for Wigan between 1968 to 1970 making 59 appearances and scoring five tries.

More recently he was on the committe of the club’s Past Players’ Association.

Rugby League is mourning the death of former Wigan prob Keith Ashcroft

Rugby League is mourning the death of former Wigan prob Keith Ashcroft

Ashcroft joined Swinton from Oldham making his debut in August 1977 and was a player/assistant coach.

Ashcroft also played for Bradford Northern and Warrington in a career that spanned 20 years.

The funeral will take place at St Stephens in Whelley, at 10.45am on Thursday.

Sam Tomkins named Super League Man of Steel 2012

Wiggins hands Tomkins Man of Steel award as Wigan ace crowned Super League's best



22:56 GMT, 1 October 2012

Man of Steel: Tomkins (right) is presented his award by Tour de France winner Bradley Wiggins

Man of Steel: Tomkins (right) is presented his award by Tour de France winner Bradley Wiggins

Wigan full-back Sam Tomkins was on Monday night crowned Super League Man of Steel at a glittering awards ceremony in Manchester.

The England international, twice a winner of the young-player-of-the-year award, won the prestigious prize ahead of St Helens hooker James Roby and Warrington second row forward Ben Westwood.

Both Tomkins and Roby, who won the award in 2007, were short-listed for the award last season but lost out to Rangi Chase, the Castleford and England half-back.

This time Tomkins emerged top of a secret ballot of his fellow Super League players as the man deemed to have made the biggest impact on the season.

Leeds full-back Zak Hardaker was named young player of the year after a hugely impressive first full season in Super League in which he will cap an ever-present record in Saturday's Grand Final against Warrington.

The 20-year-old former Featherstone
player was at centre in last year's Grand Final win over St Helens but
has deputised so superbly for injured full-back Brent Webb that he is
set to keep the spot next season.

Star of the future: Leeds full back Zak Hardaker

Star of the future: Leeds full back Zak Hardaker

Hardaker was chosen by a specially-convened panel ahead of Bradford second rower John Bateman and St Helens centre Josh Jones, the others on the shortlist.

Mick Potter's dedication to Bradford was recognised when he was named Super League coach of the year.

The Australian stayed on at Odsal in a voluntary capacity after being made redundant by the club's administrators in July and would have taken the Bulls to the play-offs for the first time in four years had the club not been docked six points for breaching the Rugby Football League's solvency regulations.

Fine form: Tomkins starred for Wigan this season

Fine form: Tomkins starred for Wigan this season

Potter, who has returned home to Australia to seek a new job after turning down the offer of a new contract from the new Bradford club, was chosen by a secret ballot of the other 13 Super League coaches.

Former England captain Jamie Peacock, who will make a record 10th Grand Final appearance on Saturday, received the Mike Gregory State of Rugby League Award for lifetime achievement.

James Roby, Sam Tomkins and Ben Westwood shortlisted for the 2012 Man of Steel award

Roby, Tomkins and Westwood make shortlist for Man of Steel award



06:52 GMT, 24 September 2012

St Helens hooker James Roby, Wigan full-back Sam Tomkins and Warrington second row forward Ben Westwood have been shortlisted for the prestigious 2012 Stobart Super League Man of Steel award.

Both Roby, who won the award in 2007, and Tomkins were short-listed last season but lost out to Rangi Chase, the Castleford and England half-back.

This time they are facing competition from Westwood, who has earned a growing reputation as one of the hardest-working forwards in the English game.

Shortlist: Wigan's Sam Tomkins has been shortlisted for the Man of Steel award

Shortlist: Wigan's Sam Tomkins has been shortlisted for the Man of Steel award

The winner, chosen by a secret ballot of Super League players to reward the man deemed to have made the biggest impact on the season, will be unveiled at a gala dinner in Manchester on Monday, October 1, when the coach of the year and young player of the year will also be announced.

The nominees for young player are Bradford second rower John Bateman, who turns 19 today, St Helens centre Josh Jones, also 19, and 20-year-old Leeds full-back Zak Hardaker.

The young player is chosen by a specially-convened panel while the coach is selected by a secret ballot of all 14 Super League coaches.

Salford 20 Huddersfield 30: Giants finish strongly to reclaim vital victory

Salford 20 Huddersfield 30: Giants hold their nerve to claim vital victory in Super League



22:52 GMT, 10 August 2012

Huddersfield Giants returned to the top six in Stobart Super League after a hard-fought win at Salford with 10 points in the last nine minutes.

Huddersfield were level 20-20 until they sealed victory with a Michael Lawrence try and three Scott Grix goals.

The Giants, who beat Salford 36-10 at the
Galpharm Stadium in March, were without Danny Brough and
Castleford-bound Lee Gilmour but Joe Wardle returned from a 10-week

High five: Huddersfield Giants' Michael Lawrence celebrates scoring the winning try

High five: Huddersfield Giants' Michael Lawrence celebrates scoring the winning try

Wardle had not played since suffering an abdominal injury in the Magic Weekend defeat by the Reds at the Etihad Stadium.

Scott Moore was also back after missing the win over Catalans – new boss Paul Anderson's first victory in three matches since succeeding Nathan Brown.

The Reds, after three defeats in a row against Widnes, Hull and London, were missing ex-Giants star Chris Nero with an elbow injury but Iafeta Paleaaesina returned after a hamstring problem.

Salford had won their last two home matches against Huddersfield but were again forced to field a makeshift half-back pairing with Sean Long still unable return from retirement due to a thumb injury.

Forward Stuart Howarth partnered Daniel Holdsworth with Mark Sneyd also sidelined and Matty Smith now at Wigan.

Luke Robinson looked sharp from dummy half against his old club who lost Ashley Gibson after only five minutes with an arm injury.

Huddersfield went ahead after a burst by Jason Chan enabled Grix and Leroy Cudjoe to put Jermaine McGillvary over in the corner.

The Giants almost went further in front when Tommy Lee sent Eorl Crabtree bursting through but he was stopped short and then Grix was held up over the line.

Aaron Murphy just failed to gather a Lee kick with Salford on the rack in the early stages.

Lee then lost the ball over the line after a powerful Crabtree burst before Huddersfield were reduced to 12 men after 20 minutes when Cudjoe was sin-binned for a professional foul.

It was no surprise when Lee's kick caused havoc in the Reds defence and Brett Ferres touched down for his first try for the club after signing from Castleford.

Grix's conversion stretched the lead to 10-0 before Salford opened their account. Cudjoe was still in the sin-bin when Vinnie Anderson swept over from Luke Patten's pass with Holdsworth's conversion cutting the gap to 10-6.

But then Holdsworth and Anderson engineered a try for Jodie Broughton in the corner four minutes from the break to level the scores before Holdsworth landed the touchline conversion.

David Fa'alogo let the Reds off the hook by spilling a pass near the line to leave the Giants trailing 12-10 at half-time.

But Huddersfield regained the lead almost straight from the restart when Greg Eden dummied and went through.

Then Jason Chan's touchdown made it 20-12 after 47 minutes before Danny Williams took Sean Gleeson's pass to give the Reds renewed hope with only four points the arrears after an hour.

Gleeson went over from dummy half to level the scores at 20-20 and the Reds would have gone ahead had Williams been able to take Holdsworth's pass.

Huddersfield regained the lead 22-20 with a Grix penalty for Patten's high tackle. Michael Lawrence notched the Giants' fifth try with a Grix conversion and penalty sealing the win.

Rugby Football League launch investigation into Ryan Hudson

RFL launch investigation into Castleford's Hudson following biting allegations



00:04 GMT, 31 July 2012

The Rugby Football League are investigating a biting allegation brought by England international Sam Tomkins.

The Wigan Warriors full back made the claim against 32-year-old Castleford Tigers hooker Ryan Hudson during his side's 40-16 Super League win at the DW Stadium last Friday.

Hudson has represented England and Great Britain. The incident involving Tomkins, 23, was put on report by referee George Stoke.

Best foot forward: Tomkins has made a complaint

Best foot forward: Tomkins has made a complaint

The RFL's match-review panel have now requested more information from Wigan before deciding whether to bring charges.

When he was asked about the biting incident in the post-match press conference, Warriors coach Shaun Wane said: 'I need to have a look at that before I comment. I'd be amazed and disappointed.'

Wigan 40 Castleford 16: Lauaki at the double against patched-up Tigers

Wigan 40 Castleford 16: Lauaki off the mark for Warriors against patched-up Tigers



21:50 GMT, 27 July 2012

Tongan powerhouse Epalahame Lauaki was
Wigan's unlikely hero with his first tries for the club as the Stobart
Super League leaders opened up a five-point gap on second-placed
Warrington with a comfortable win over a depleted Castleford.

Lauaki had managed just one try in 27
Super League appearances for Hull in 2011 but he romped over for his
first for Wigan – on his 23rd appearance – after only four minutes and
two minutes later doubled his tally to give his side a dream start.

Sam Tomkins of Wigan Warriors gets past Grant Millington (L) and Jordan Thompson (R) of Castleford Tigers

Sam Tomkins of Wigan Warriors gets past Grant Millington (L) and Jordan Thompson (R) of Castleford Tigers

Winger Iain Thornley then marked his debut with a third try to put Wigan 16-0 up inside 10 minutes but they were made to work for the rest of their tries by a patched-up Tigers side hit by the withdrawal of three players on the day of the game.

The Warriors, who had scrum-half Matty Smith making his home debut, produced a mixed show on their first appearance at the DW Stadium since crashing out of the Challenge Cup and succumbing at home to Bradford in Super League.

They lost centre Darrell Goulding to injury in the first half and also lost their way after establishing that early cushion.

Castleford coach Ian Millward was forced to field a patched-up side after losing his new half-back pair of Jamie Ellis and Rangi Chase, with forwards Stuart Jones and Oliver Holmes filling in at centre and stand-off respectively.

They looked in danger of being over-run after Wigan's early scoring burst but went on to play their part in an entertaining encounter.

The impressive Thornley twice got away down the wing but demonstrated his inexperience by failing to make the most of the opportunities and the visitors took advantage of the let-offs.

The game was held up for 10 minutes so that Goulding could have treatment on the pitch following a head collision before being carried off on a stretcher and it seemed to distract Wigan for a time.

Castleford pulled a try back three minutes before the break when winger Rhys Williams was put into space by Jordan Thompson and wrong-footed Sam Tomkins.

Nick Youngquest added the conversion but there was just time for Wigan to score a fourth try through makeshift centre Liam Farrell after they had kept the ball alive following the sounding of the half-time hooter.

The Tigers battled their way to another try early in the second half when Holmes got the first touch to Ryan Hudson's grubber kick to the line and Youngquest's second goal cut the gap to just eight points.

But Wigan's evergreen centre George Carmont produced a strong finish to claim his side's fifth try on 57 minutes and Tomkins took an inside pass from a busy Thornley to go over on 66 minutes.

Tomkins then got Charnley over for his 31st try of the season and, after gallant Castleford pulled another try back through Jones, Tomkins grabbed his second after collecting Harrison Hansen's pass by his bootlaces.

The England full-back kicked a fourth goal to take his points tally for the match to 16.

Salford 8 Widnes 46: Hanbury on song as Vikings stun Reds

Salford 8 Widnes 46: Hanbury on song as Vikings stun Reds



21:45 GMT, 20 July 2012

Salford's hopes of a top eight finish
in Super League suffered a massive setback as Widnes ran in eight tries
in an emphatic win.

Scrum-half Rhys Hanbury was the star
of the show with two tries and eight goals, while Patrick Ah Van and
Cameron Phelps also bagged two tries each for the rampant Vikings.

Widnes, hammered 38-18 at home by Salford in February, went into the clash in confident mood after a resounding 40-10 win over Castleford and a narrow one-point defeat by St Helens.

However, the Vikings were without skipper Jon Clarke, Paddy Flynn and Shaun Briscoe although Stefan Marsh, Joe Mellor and Ah Van had all recovered from knocks.

The Reds were also buoyed by successive victories against Warrington and Hull KR and decided to delay the debut of 35-year-old assistant coach Sean Long, who was registered as a player with the club this week.

Youngster Mark Sneyd continued at scrum-half alongside Exiles star Daniel Holdsworth after Matty Smith's move to Wigan, with Sean Gleeson back in the centre.

Ashley Gibson kept his place after the late withdrawal of Joel Moon and the Reds clearly missed his power in midfield.

Widnes had an early Hep Cahill try disallowed by referee James Child for an infringement in the build-up and then Paul McShane was held up over the line.

It was a bright start by the Vikings but Salford should have scored when Hanbury lost possession and Vinnie Anderson and Holdsworth broke clear.

A niggly opening kept the officials busy with desperate Salford defence again denying Marsh when he looked a certain scorer.

Widnes were rewarded for their perseverance when John Kite's charge set up the chance for Hanbury to send Phelps bursting through Lee Jewitt's tackle after 24 minutes.

Hanbury booted the conversion and Widnes went further ahead three minutes later when Phelps' pass took a deflection from a defender before Ah Van touched down in the corner.

Hanbury kicked the goal off the touchline to make it 12-0 as Salford struggled to reproduce recent form.

The Vikings added a third try four minutes before the break when Ah Van latched on to a McShane kick to cross, with Hanbury's conversion stretching the lead to 18-0.

Hanbury then piled on the agony for Salford with a scorching burst to score, and his fourth goal made it 24-0 at the interval.

Salford were hammered 10-3 in the first-half penalty count but should have scored early in the second half before Jordan James threw away a chance after a strong burst by Iafeta Paleaasesina.

It was no surprise when McShane burrowed over from dummy half to extend the lead to 30-0.

The Vikings suffered a blow with the departure of Eamon Carroll with an arm injury but Widnes were ripping apart Salford in midfield and another Hanbury burst sent Phelps over for his second try.

Hanbury bagged his second touchdown with another sizzling effort to stretch the advantage to 40-0.

Gibson went over for Salford after 58 minutes before Danny Williams took his try tally to seven in four games to give the home fans something to cheer.

However, Danny Craven sealed the win for the Vikings by intercepting a Sneyd pass to record the eighth try six minutes from time.

London 12 Leeds 58: Rhinos on the rampage as Broncos capitulate

London 12 Leeds 58: Rhinos on the rampage as Broncos capitulate



16:24 GMT, 30 June 2012

Danny McGuire stole the show with four tries as Leeds strengthened their play-off push with a 58-12 romp in London.

The Rhinos rose to sixth in the Stobart Super League table thanks to a 10-try display, six coming in the final 20 minutes of the contest.

Rampaging Rhino: Chris Bailey attempts to stop Leeds' Stevie Ward

Rampaging Rhino: Chris Bailey attempts to stop Leeds' Stevie Ward

The hosts had hoped to make it back-to-back wins at home, and were able to return the fit again Michael Witt and Olsi Krasniqi to their line-up.

For the Rhinos, Jamie Peacock and Brent Webb both missed out with knee injuries. Leeds were aiming to make it three successive wins after high-scoring triumphs over Wakefield and Castleford.

However, the Londoners made the brighter start. Witt engineered a gap for Dan Sarginson only for the full-back to be hauled down just short of the line.

Leeds were the next to go close, having a try chalked off for an obvious forward pass.

Not this time: Weller Hauraki of Leeds Rhinos thwarts Antonio Kaufusi

Not this time: Weller Hauraki of Leeds Rhinos thwarts Antonio Kaufusi

The Broncos were having the bulk of the play, Scott Wheeldon coming close to giving the hosts the lead on 18 minutes, only to spill a pass near the Rhinos line.

Julien Rinaldi was once again proving influential for the men from the capital, and after a surging run took the hosts deep into Leeds territory, Chris Bailey rounded things off by storming over at the sticks in the 22nd minute.

The Rhinos were stung into action and responded with a try of their own within moments, Shaun Lunt crashing over from close range to level things up.

Tough day: Michael Witt can't find a way past Leeds' Kallum Watkins

Tough day: Michael Witt can't find a way past Leeds' Kallum Watkins

Lunt pushed Leeds into the lead in the 31st minute, barrelling over under the posts despite the attentions of three would-be tacklers.

The visitors had gone through the gears and suddenly the Broncos were dropping off tackles and being caught out defensively.

And before the break the Rhinos had stretched well clear, McGuire strolling over for a brace of tries on 37 and 39 minutes.

The hosts were in need of a lift, and they got it five minutes after the restart thanks to some shocking play from the visitors.

Holding pattern: London's Jamie O'Callaghan feels the full force of Stevie Ward's challenge

Holding pattern: London's Jamie O'Callaghan feels the full force of Stevie Ward's challenge

Zac Hardaker's pass went to ground, allowing Kieran Dixon the simplest of tasks of picking up possession and cantering over.

Suddenly the Broncos had their tails up, although they remained two scores behind.

London came mightily close to reducing that to one score in the 54th minute, David Howell unable to hold what would have been a try-scoring pass from Witt.

Having absorbed the best the home side could throw at them, Leeds took advantage of both Will Lovell and Craig Gower laying prone with injuries to run on the last tackle, Carl Ablett stretching clear to tee up McGuire for his hat-trick on the hour mark.

That seemed to knock the fight out of the Broncos, and moments later Ablett touched down for a try of his own.

Now it was a case of how many, and McGuire was soon at it again, cantering over for his fourth after a break from Jamie Jones-Buchanan.

Further late scores were to follow from Hardaker, Rob Burrow and Kylie Leuluai in the final eight minutes.