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Chris Chester has named his side to take on Hull FC this Sunday for Danny Kirmond’s Testimonial. Seven changes have been made to the side that took on Leeds Rhinos on Boxing Day. Tom Johnstone, Keegan Hirst, Craig Huby, Jordan Crowther, Jordan Baldwinson and Anthony England all appear along with new signing Ben Reynolds. Ryan Hampshire, Lee Kershaw and Kyle Wood miss out. (11 Dec)
Super League will feature shot clocks, Golden Point extra time and a number of other changes to the laws and playing conditions in 2019 to introduce more speed and on-field drama for spectators and television viewers to enjoy. The shot clocks will hopefully help to reduce the number and length of stoppages in matches, ensuring more action with the ball in play. Teams will be penalised if they fail to beat the shot clock for scrums (35 seconds) or drop-outs (30 seconds) – while sanctions will also be introduced to ensure that no more than 80 seconds of match time is used up by each kick at goal. (2 Jan)
Wakefield lost 10-4 in their Boxing Day Challenge against Leeds Rhinos at Headingley. Trinity led at the break with a try from Bill Tupou before Tom Briscoe and Ash Handley crossed for the home side in the second half. Chris Chester told Trinity TV he was pleased with his side's performance although there's plenty to work on ahead of the new season. (26 Dec)
Chris Chester has named his side to take on Leeds Rhinos in the Festive Challenge on Boxing Day. New signings George King, Danny Brough and Craig Kopczak have all been named in the side along with youngster Lee Kershaw. Tom Johnstone misses out on selection after only recently returning to pre-season training following international duty. (21 Dec)
Wakefield Trinity Ladies will be making the step up into the Women’s Super League next season. Trinity were the first-ever Super League club to adopt a women’s team back in 2016 – entering the Women’s Championship the following year. And from not winning a game in their first five months, they went on to be crowned league leaders last season. Head coach Wayne Hirst was appointed at the start of the 2018 season and steered the ladies to their first piece of silverware in the women’s championship – also winning Coach of the Year for his efforts. (3 Dec)
Head coach Chris Chester has signed a new three year deal with Trinity. Chester joined the club back in March 2016 and has since gone on to get Trinity in the top eight with two consecutive fifth spot finishes. Chester said, “I am very happy. To get my deal sorted so quickly is great news for me and my family. We are very settled here, I am a Wakefield Trinity fan and a Wakefield lad and I am delighted to have agreed another three years.” (20 Nov)
Trinity have re-signed half-back Danny Brough on a two-year deal from Huddersfield Giants. It will be the 35-year-old's third stint at Wakefield, having started his career there before rejoining from 2008-10 after spells at Hull FC and Castleford. "I have a lot of unsettled business at Wakefield and I owe a lot to the fans after my previous spell," said Brough, who spent eight years at Huddersfield. As part of the deal, Scott Grix moves in the opposite direction. (4 Nov)