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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.
 

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Castleford Tigers (20) 44
Tries: Blair, Trueman 3, Clare, Rankin, Cook Goals: Ellis 8
Hull FC (6) 12
Tries: Matongo, Logan Goals: Sneyd 2

Castleford Tigers kept their hopes of reaching the Super League play-offs alive by beating fellow top-five challengers Hull FC.
Tigers raced into a 20-0 lead as Cheyse Blair crossed and Jake Trueman scored twice before Masi Matongo replied for the visitors before the break.
Trueman completed his hat-trick before Jack Logan's notched a breakaway try.
Tries from James Clare, Jordan Rankin and Matt Cook secured the victory, as Tigers moved above Hull and into fifth.
Hull started the evening two points ahead of Castleford, but their defeat means the race for the play-offs will go to the final round of fixtures.
Lee Radford's side have been beaten in four of their past five league matches, losing momentum following their Challenge Cup semi-final defeat by Warrington Wolves at the end of July, and now find themselves in sixth place - with an inferior points difference to the sides above them.
Castleford started brightly, with Blair reaching over to notch his first try for the club and Trueman scoring a quick-fire double after twice wrong-footing the Hull defence.
 

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Warrington Wolves (0) 12
Try: Mamo, Hill Goal: Ratchford 2
Castleford Tigers (6) 14
Tries: Milner, Rankin Goals: Mata'utia 3

Castleford ended Warrington's season with a hard-fought elimination final victory against the Challenge Cup holders at the Halliwell Jones Stadium. Adam Milner's first-half try put Castleford 6-0 up, while Wolves had to deal with losing star half-back Blake Austin to injury at half-time. Replacement Jake Mamo replied before Jordan Rankin again put Tigers up.

A Peter Mata'utia penalty for Castleford proved decisive as Chris Hill's late try set up a tense finish.

Stefan Ratchford's conversion got Wolves to within two points with just over 10 minutes remaining, and while he had a shot at forcing the game into golden-point extra time with a penalty late on his effort from long distance fell short.

Castleford now move into the second week of the play-offs with another do-or-die clash against the loser of Friday's qualifying final between Wigan and Salford.
 

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Jordan Rankin will remain at Castleford next season and Joe Wardle at Huddersfield after the Super League clubs renewed their swap deals.

Australian utility player Rankin, 27, scored 11 tries in 22 games for Cas this season.

Meanwhile, 28-year-old Wardle grabbed seven tries in 16 games in a season that the Giants battled relegation.
 

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Castleford Tigers have signed half-back Danny Richardson from Super League champions St Helens for an undisclosed fee on a three-year contract.
 

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Castleford and Hunslet legend Dennis Hartley has died at the age of 83. The prop, who began his career at Doncaster, made 205 appearances for the south Leeds side between 1961 and 1966, before joining Cas for a fee of £4,750. Hartley, a Challenge Cup finalist with Hunslet, won the trophy twice at Weldon Road, in 1969 and 1970, and represented Great Britain on 11 occasions. He was a late call-up to the 1970 Lions tour which remains the last to win a series in Australia. Later he coached the 'colts' at Castleford, helping the likes of the Beardmore brothers - Bob and Kevin - and Tony Marchant progress to the first team.

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