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Featherstone Rovers are delighted to announce the signing of Australian Jy Hitchcox from NRL side West Tigers on a two year contract subject to visa. 25 year old Jy who is comfortable in the full back, wing and centre positions played four times for West Tigers in 2014 and made a try scoring debut against Sydney Roosters in Round 23.

The former Gold Coast Titans, Melbourne Storm and Manly Marlins (rugby union) has racked up more than 60 New South Wales Cup appearances and has also represented Australia at Under 18 level touring and playing three tests against England and France earlier in his career.
 

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2015 season ticket booklets can be collected from the Roverstore from 10am onwards on Thursday 18th December. Many thanks for all those who took advantage of our early bird offer on season tickets which promises to be an entertaining year as the new era in rugby league commences.
Season tickets remain on sale at full price which includes 11 Kingstone Press Championship games to be played at the Big Fellas Stadium and a 50% discount on a Summer Bash ticket.
Adults - £162
Concessions (OAPs & Students) - £108
Juniors - £45 or £70 with a Junior Sized Replica Home Shirt (£80 with Adult Sized Replica Home Shirt)
Family Season Ticket (2 adults and 2 juniors) - £414 or £464 with two junior sized home shirts
Don't forget that the Roverstore is open 9am-5pm Monday to Friday and Saturday morning 10am-midday.
 

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Featherstone Rovers can announce that half back Andy Kain has signed for Kingstone Press Championship side Hunslet Hawks on a 2 year contract. Kain, 29 joined Featherstone Rovers from Widnes on loan in 2007 a deal which was then made permanent in 2008. He has been one of the most prolific try scorers in the clubs history and appeared in five Grand Finals making a total of 210 appearances scoring 129 tries.

In 2014, Kain made 26 appearances for Rovers in 2014 scoring 12 tries. He was under contract with the club for 2015 but both parties have agreed a release so he can continue his career at the Hawks.
Featherstone Rovers Chief Executive Pat Cluskey said "Andy has been a great servant to Rovers and his record speaks for itself particularly his try scoring record. Andy is at the stage of his career where he needs regular rugby and that is not something we could guarantee going forward. We would like to thank Andy for his successful time at the club and everyone wishes him well for the future."
Hunslet Hawks Director of Rugby Darren Williams said "I would personally like to thank Mark Campbell who as in the George Flanagan move has been very accommodating in facilitating this move, Andy has been a tremendous servant to Featherstone and leaves the club on good terms and were thrilled to add him to our 2015 squad."
 

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Featherstone Rovers are delighted to announce the signing of 32 year old Australian utility forward Reni Maitua on a two year deal subject to Visa. Maitua is vastly experienced and has made 174 NRL appearances during his career with Canterbury Bulldogs, Cronulla Sharks and Parramatta Eels. Maitua has three caps for Samoa where he played a part in their 2013 World Cup and 2014 Four Nations teams.
Maitua started his career at Canterbury Bulldogs where he appeared from the bench in the 2004 NRL Grand Final victory against Sydney Roosters and played against Leeds Rhinos in 2005 in the World Club Challenge. He made 100 appearances for the Bulldogs scoring 23 tries before signing for Cronulla in 2009 where he made eight appearances. He then made 53 appearances for Parramatta Eels before returning to Canterbury Bulldogs last season making 13 appearances, scoring one try.
 

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Featherstone Rovers forward James Lockwood is banned from all sport for two years after testing positive for a growth hormone.
 

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Featherstone (16) 36

Tries: James 2, Blackmore, Sykes, Hardman, Moore Goals: Sykes 6

London Broncos (0) 4

Try: Williams

Featherstone Rovers saw off the threat of London Broncos to lift the Championship Shield Grand Final prize with a 36-4 victory at Widnes.

Rovers won six of seven games after the split to finish top, and scored three first-half tries through Matt James, Ben Blackmore and Paul Sykes.

Rhys Williams' try got London on the board after half-time, but Sykes extended the lead with a penalty goal.

James' second, Ian Hardman and Gareth Moore tries sealed the silverware.
 

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Featherstone Rovers and England international forward Natalie Harrowell has died, aged 29.

Harrowell, a Hull FC fan, played three games for England and helped Rovers to the inaugural 2017 Women's Super League Grand Final, losing to Bradford.

She also worked for Wakefield Trinity on a development coach basis, helping attract players for their women's side.
 

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Featherstone winger Ben Blackmore has been banned for 10 weeks for posting a :) comment on social media.

Blackmore, 28, will serve the suspension after being found guilty of bringing the game into disrepute.

It follows a tweet he posted in pre-season about former team-mate Rob Worrincy, who plays for Sheffield.

Blackmore, who played in Super League for Huddersfield in 2013-2014, was charged with three breaches of the Rugby Football League's (RFL) rules.

The Championship player was found guilty when he appeared in front of an operational rules tribunal.

It heard that Blackmore, who claimed the post was an "in joke", did not express any real regret nor did he apologise for it.

In addition to bringing the game into disrepute, Blackmore was found guilty of failing to observe codes of conduct and unacceptable language or behaviour.
 

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Featherstone Rovers have been docked two competition points and fined £10,000 after a breach of operational rules relating to indoor gatherings during the pandemic.

The Rugby Football League say they came to an agreed decision with Rovers.

Rovers were found to have held a gathering in March between players - a breach of national restrictions.

Players that should have isolated under the Covid-19 protocols then took part in April's 28-18 win over Batley.
 

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Featherstone Rovers have signed former Melbourne Storm and Gold Coast Titans half-back Ryley Jacks, as they seek promotion to Super League in 2022.

The 29-year-old is also joined by ex-Leeds prop Adam Cuthbertson and Norths Devils front-rower Ben Mathiou, as new arrivals for coach Brian McDermott.

Jacks scored 11 tries in 48 National Rugby League appearances during his first-grade career.

Mathiou, 26 and Cuthbertson, 36, add to Rovers' pack options.


While veteran Cuthbertson was a part of McDermott's all-conquering Leeds team, the two other additions are newcomers to the English game.