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Newcastle Thunder winger Misi Taulapapa has been banned for eight matches for biting an opponent.

Taulapapa, 37, was playing in the League One promotion final against Oldham earlier this month when forward Emmerson Whittel claimed to have been bitten on the right forearm.

The Samoa international accepted the charge at an RFL disciplinary hearing.

Thunder director of rugby Denis Betts said the player had shown "considerable remorse" for his actions.
 

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Catalans Dragons assistant coach Eamon O'Carroll has left the Super League club to return to England and join League One Newcastle Thunder.

The 33-year-old former Wigan, Hull and Widnes prop was appointed by Steve McNamara as his number two in 2019.
 

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Newcastle Thunder have been promoted to the Rugby Football League's Championship, after their submission was chosen by an independent panel.
 

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Newcastle Thunder have signed former Huddersfield Giants back-rower Ukuma Ta'ai for the 2021 season.

Ta'ai spent seven years at the Giants following his move from New Zealand Warriors in the National Rugby League, helping them to finish top in 2013.

The Tonga international played 194 games for Huddersfield, including nine in 2020, and scored 47 tries.