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The legal battle over Denny Solomona's contract could impact both rugby codes in a way the Bosman ruling affected football, according to a prominent sports lawyer.

Despite having two years remaining on his contract with Super League club Castleford Tigers, Solomona retired from rugby league and subsequently joined Premiership rugby union side Sale Sharks on a three-year deal.

On Sunday, the 23-year-old made his debut in Sale's 24-10 European Champions Cup defeat by Saracens.

Castleford are taking legal action "as a last resort", with the Tigers suing for damages against Sale, Solomona and Andy Clarke - his agent - at the High Court in Leeds.

The case, Tigers chairman Steve Gill said, is "for the integrity of all sports, including, of course, rugby union clubs".

Good to see - a contract's a contract !
 

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Castleford Tigers rugby club chief executive Steve Gill was "viciously" assaulted during a town-centre attack, the club has said.

The Betfred Super League leaders said the attack happened in Bridge Street, Castleford, early on Friday.

A statement from the club thanked emergency services, who it said were called to the scene and responded quickly.

A 58-year old man has been arrested and remains in police custody.
 

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There was an out-of-court settlement, by the way, by Sale in favour of Castleford in the Denny Solomona saga, if you didn't know.
 

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Castleford Tigers and Newcastle Thunder have linked up on dual-registration terms for the 2018 campaign.

League 1 side Thunder will join Championship outfit Halifax as a club where players from the Tigers can gain match fitness and game time by playing for the respective lower league teams.

Castleford used Newcastle’s Kingston Park stadium as a venue for a training camp midway through the 2017 season.
 

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Castleford Tigers have dismissed full-back Zak Hardaker after he tested positive for cocaine in the lead up to October's Super League Grand Final.
 

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Yeah, easy win for them in London. Still looking good again this season, though.
 

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Castleford Tigers will contest the Women's Challenge Cup final against Leeds on Saturday, 27 July, despite fielding an ineligible player in their semi-final against Wakefield.
 
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Wakefield (10) 16
Tries: Wood, Brough Goals: Brough 4
Castleford (8) 36
Tries: Egodo, Holmes, Clare 3, Rankin 2 Goals: Mata'utia 4

James Clare's hat-trick helped Castleford climb back into the Super League top five with a seven-try win against rivals Wakefield Trinity.

Wakefield led 10-8 at half-time, despite being outscored two tries to one by the Tigers, but it was different after the break as the hosts faltered.

Clare's treble, added to first-half tries from Tuoyo Egodo and Oli Holmes, was followed by two from Jordan Rankin.

Kyle Wood and Danny Brough scored the two Trinity consolation scores.
 

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Castleford Tigers (4) 20
Tries: Egodo 2, Holmes, O'Neill Goals: Ellis 2
London Broncos (6) 6
Tries: Lamb Goals: Dixon

Castleford moved back into the play-off spots after fighting back to beat Super League's bottom side London Broncos.

The Broncos, a side battling to avoid an immediate return to the Championship, led 6-4 at the break, with Brock Lamb's converted try putting them ahead before Tuoyo Egodo hit back.

Oliver Holmes touched down three minutes into the second half to put the hosts ahead for the first time.

Jacques O'Neill's try and a second from Egodo completed Tigers' win.