Featherstone announce Gadwin Springer signing

Featherstone have announced the signing of French prop Gadwin Springer for the remainder of the 2021 season.

The 28-year-old was a member of the Castleford squad that lifted the League Leaders’ Shield in 2017 having also featured for Catalans, Toronto and Halifax.

Springer has made almost 100 career appearances and has won five caps for France.

Featherstone made it 13 wins from 13 on Sunday as they beat Championship rivals Bradford 36-30 at Odsal. James Harrison and Fa’amanu Brown both scored twice to seal the victory for James Webster’s side.

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Elsewhere in the Championship, York forward James Green has announced he will retire from rugby league at the end of the season so he can fully focus on work commitments.

Prop Green, 30, has made more than 150 career appearances for Hull KR, Leigh, Castleford, Bradford and York. Green came through the ranks at Hull KR and played 81 games for the club between 2012-16.

Green will finish the remainder of the Championship season with York before hanging up his boots after a 10-year professional career.

Meanwhile, promotion and relegation to and from Super League is still set to go ahead at the end of the season.

There has been some conjecture over whether the goal posts will once again be moved, including an erroneous report by the BBC on their live Challenge Cup final coverage that relegation will not take place this year.

But officials from the RFL and Super League have confirmed to us that there have been no formal discussions around removing relegation.

An RFL spokesperson said: “There is no change – it’s still one up, one down.

“There has been acknowledgement from Super League, and an emphasis from us, that Championship clubs can’t be blamed (for the impact of COVID) and that promotion can’t be affected.”

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