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Keiron Cunningham disappointed after Saints Challenge Cup exit

St Helens Star:

1:29am Saturday 1st August 2015

SAINTS boss Keiron Cunningham was understandably disapointed after seeing his side dumped out of the Challenge Cup at the semi final hurdle.

Saints' Wembley hopes dashed for another year

St Helens Star:

10:27pm Friday 31st July 2015

SAINTS' Wembley hopes have been dashed for another year after they suffered a 24-14 defeat against Leeds Rhinos at Warrington.

Kieran on target to shoot in junior Olympics

St Helens Star:

6:00am Monday 27th July 2015

MENTION St Helens and arrows and the exploits of the borough’s elite darters is the first thing to spring to mind, few people would even realise that the town has had a thriving archery base since 1974.

OFF THE BALL: My beef with Manchester fixture clash, Super League Grand Final v Rugby Union World Cup

St Helens Star: The Webb Ellis Cup. © Andrew Fosker / Seconds Left Images 2015

6:10am Sunday 26th July 2015

THERE will be plenty of folk in this rugby league heartland of ours who won’t give two hoots that the William Webb Ellis Trophy is heading to the town next week.

Murray lined up for 'big' September fight after fifth round stoppage

St Helens Star:

2:56pm Monday 20th July 2015

MARTIN Murray is being lined up for a big fight in September after his second bout at super middleweight ended with the fifth round stoppage of Croatian southpaw Mirzet Bajrektraevic in Manchester.

Murray makes swift return with Bajrektarevic fight

St Helens Star: Martin Murray buzzing at Matchroom switch and move up to super middleweight

3:09pm Friday 17th July 2015

MARTIN Murray is back in action again on Saturday just three weeks since clinically dispatching his previous opponent inside two rounds.

How the try was scored: Jordan Turner's match-winning touchdown at Warrington

St Helens Star:

1:08pm Friday 17th July 2015

IT was shades of Wide to West with Saints' never-say-die approach leading to Jordan Turner's wonder try two minutes from time which snatched another late win at Warrington.

Match reaction: Cunningham thought there didn't deserve to be a loser after seeing Saints beat Warrington

St Helens Star:

1:35am Friday 17th July 2015

SAINTS boss Keiron Cunningham was delighted with the way Jordan Turner snatched the spoils at Warrington – but said there didn’t deserve to be a loser.

Jordan Turner snatches a late 20-14 win for Saints at Warrington

St Helens Star:

10:39pm Thursday 16th July 2015

JORDAN Turner's wonder try two minutes from time snatched another late win at Warrington that will add to the long list of heartbreaking defeats Saints have inflicted on the Wolves in the Super League era.

Off the ball: Roses competition still has value in rugby league despite lukewarm response in the past

St Helens Star:

12:30pm Thursday 16th July 2015

THERE appears to be no appetite among the players, coaches or supporters for an English equivalent of Australia’s State of Origin.

Cunningham Answers: Attack, defence, Quinlan and player welfare

St Helens Star:

3:38pm Wednesday 15th July 2015

SAINTS boss Keiron Cunningham deals with the attacking pluses, the defensive negatives and praises the input of debutant Adam Quinlan in this week’s Q&A with the Star’s Mike Critchley.

More to come from Adam Quinlan after dream debut

St Helens Star:

3:29pm Wednesday 15th July 2015

NEW boy Adam Quinlan may have enjoyed a dream debut after a whirlwind first week in St Helens – but now his focus switches to building on that start in Thursday night’s game at Warrington.

Jon Wilkin returns for Warrington Wolves clash

St Helens Star:

2:06pm Tuesday 14th July 2015

SKIPPER Jon Wilkin returns to Saints19-man squad for Thursday's Super League Round 22 clash at Warrington Wolves.

Martin Murray looking to get job done in Manchester

St Helens Star:

12:53pm Monday 13th July 2015

FRESH from his successful super-middleweight debut against George Beroshvili, St Helens boxer Martin Murray makes a swift return to the ring this Saturday.

Reaction: Cunningham praise for Walsh and Quinlan, but says much work to do on team's defence

St Helens Star:

8:01am Saturday 11th July 2015

SAINTS boss Keiron Cunningham was pleased with the way his side fought to a one-point victory over form team Huddersfield.

Walsh snatches late win for Saints - as Quinlan grabs three on debut

St Helens Star:

10:01pm Friday 10th July 2015

LUKE Walsh grabbed a late drop goal to snatch the spoils 35-34 against Huddersfield.

James Roby talks double dislocation, slow rucks, kicking game and England

St Helens Star:

1:25pm Thursday 9th July 2015

WHEN James Roby describes, in such a matter of fact way, playing on with a strapped-up double dislocated finger he explains just why he is a virtual ever present on the Man of Steel shortlist.

Adam Quinlan becomes Saints full back number seven

St Helens Star:

11:58am Thursday 9th July 2015

SAINTS will hand a debut to Adam Quinlan – full back number seven – in Friday’s home game against Huddersfield Giants.

Verdict: Headingley horror show

St Helens Star:

5:39pm Wednesday 8th July 2015

ELVIS never watched any rugby league but the lyrics from his Didja Ever probably summed up Friday’s trip to Headingley.

Wilkin left out for Huddersfield game, Quinlan to make debut

St Helens Star:

5:29pm Wednesday 8th July 2015

SAINTS skipper Jon Wilkin is left out of the 19-man squad for Friday’s First Utility Super League Round 21 clash with Huddersfield Giants.

Big Mose Masoe explains family reasons behind his return to NRL

St Helens Star:

2:56pm Wednesday 8th July 2015

SAINTS prop Mose Masoe says he is returning home to play in the NRL purely for family reasons – and had it not been for that he would be stopping here.

Cunningham apologises to fans after Leeds debacle

St Helens Star:

12:16am Saturday 4th July 2015

SAINTS boss Keiron Cunningham lambasted his team's performance after watching them slump to a 46-18 defeat at Headingley.

Saints suffer on an awful night at Headingley

St Helens Star:

10:26pm Friday 3rd July 2015

SAINTS produced a woeful error-strewn performance to lose emphatically to leaders and Challenge Cup semi opponents Leeds.

Murray back with a bang

St Helens Star:

12:05pm Friday 3rd July 2015

WARRINGTON-based boxer Martin Murray will make a quick return to the ring following his emphatic two-round demolition of George Beroshvili in Liverpool on his super middleweight debut, writes Mike Critchley.

Keiron Cunningham Answers: Our back five have been brilliant for us since early lull

St Helens Star:

5:33pm Wednesday 1st July 2015

SAINTS boss Keiron Cunningham praised Saints' sparkling backline when he spoke with the Star's Mike Critchley.

Saints will turn to Adam Quinlan as full back number seven

St Helens Star:

2:51pm Wednesday 1st July 2015

SAINTS boss Keiron Cunningham believes Parramatta’s Adam Quinlan fits the bill perfectly to answer the club’s latest full back SOS call.

Joe Greenwood charged, Luke Walsh cautioned for kicking out

St Helens Star:

3:12pm Monday 29th June 2015

SAINTS forward Joe Greenwood is among three players have been charged with offences committed in Ladbrokes Challenge Cup quarter-final ties.

Mose Masoe to join NRL's St George Illawarra Dragons

St Helens Star:

5:00am Monday 29th June 2015

SAINTS will be losing Mose Masoe to the NRL at the end of year after the man mountain agreed to join St George Illawarra Dragons next season.

Cunningham praises skipper Jon Wilkin for helping steer Saints to 'ugly' cup win

St Helens Star:

9:37pm Sunday 28th June 2015

SAINTS coach Keiron Cunningham admitted that the team had not been at its best for the Challenge Cup quarter final clash against Widnes, but was pleased with the way they came home in the final 30 minutes.

Saints beat Widnes to go through to Challenge Cup semi

St Helens Star:

6:07pm Sunday 28th June 2015

SAINTS are in the Challenge Cup semi final after overcoming a stubborn Widnes Vikings to win 36-20.

Martin Murray makes short work of George Beroshvili in Liverpool

St Helens Star:

8:50pm Friday 26th June 2015

MARTIN Murray made short work of Georgia's George Beroshvili to delight his travelling Barmy Army at Liverpool's Echo Arena.

Martin Murray aiming to make an impression at super middleweight

St Helens Star:

5:24pm Friday 26th June 2015

MARTIN Murray is looking for a big performance tonight in Liverpool when he tackles Georgia’s George Beroshvili.

Murray to fight Beroshvili on super middleweight debut

St Helens Star:

11:22am Friday 26th June 2015

MARTIN Murray will fight George Beroshvili on his super middleweight debut at Liverpool's Echo Arena tonight, Friday.

Owen Livesey aiming to keep climbing at Baku's European Games

St Helens Star: Owen Livesey in action

1:03pm Thursday 25th June 2015

COMMONWEALTH gold medallist Owen Livesey is aiming to keep on climbing the world rankings when he fights at the European Games on Friday.

Saints will bring in another full back after McDonnell injury and Wellens retirement

St Helens Star:

9:52am Thursday 25th June 2015

SAINTS boss Keiron Cunningham has had to move to find yet another full back after the season-ending snapped Achilles sustained by Shannon McDonnell.

Interview: A fan who plays - how Saints legend Paul Wellens got to live his boyhood dreams

St Helens Star:

4:38pm Wednesday 24th June 2015

TODAY'S sports nutritionists would probably tear their hair out but Paul Wellens' pre-match preparation ahead of his first of 10 Grand Finals could be described as classic St Helens.

Cunningham hails Wellens as 'one of the Saints greats'

St Helens Star:

10:00am Wednesday 24th June 2015

SAINTS head coach Keiron Cunningham paid a glowing tribute to full back Paul Wellens, describing him as one of “the greatest” after the former skipper announced his retirement as a player this morning.

Saints legend Paul Wellens hangs up his boots after 18 years at the top

St Helens Star:

10:00am Wednesday 24th June 2015

AFTER a remarkable 18 seasons at the top level of rugby league former Saints skipper Paul Wellens has been forced to hang up his boots.

Martin Murray's opponent named for Liverpool date

St Helens Star:

8:24pm Friday 19th June 2015

MARTIN Murray will fight George Beroshvili on his super middleweight debut at Liverpool's Echo Arena on Friday, June 26.

Match reaction: 'Awful' Saints did not deserve to win

St Helens Star:

2:04am Friday 19th June 2015

SAINTS’ last gasp 25-24 defeat at the hands of Castleford was “what they deserved”, according to coach Keiron Cunningham.

Updated with pictures: Bad night as Saints sunk with last kick of the game

St Helens Star:

10:42pm Thursday 18th June 2015

SAINTS' winning run came to a dramatic halt with a last second drop goal at the Jungle.

No wonder Wilko had a smile on his face after a derby to remember

St Helens Star:

11:56am Thursday 18th June 2015

HOW the times have changed.

Josh Jones to switch codes with Exeter Chiefs at the end of the season

St Helens Star:

6:21am Wednesday 17th June 2015

SAINTS’ versatile centre or back row forward Josh Jones is switching rugby codes at the end of the current Super League season and joining Exeter Chiefs on a two year deal.

13 amazing pictures from Saints' triumph over Wigan Warriors

St Helens Star:

12:31pm Monday 15th June 2015

SAINTS produced a stunning performance to see off rivals Wigan to move to the top of the Super League table.

Reaction: Keiron Cunningham praises ruthless Saints

St Helens Star:

1:25am Saturday 13th June 2015

SAINTS boss Keiron Cunningham praised the ruthlessness of his side after watching them see off Wigan to climb to the top of the Super League pile.

PICTURES: Saints go top of Super League after beating Wigan

St Helens Star:

10:04pm Friday 12th June 2015

SAINTS have comprehensively beaten Wigan 30-14 to go to the top of Super a League.

Saints championship winning class of 1975 takes a bow

St Helens Star:

10:52am Friday 12th June 2015

WHEN fans are asked to name classic Saints teams it is invariably the ones with a year ending in 6 that get the nod of approval.

Mark Flanagan: Wigan clashes are what you play rugby league for

St Helens Star:

10:48am Friday 12th June 2015

THE utility value of Mark Flanagan has been well recognised in his four years since signing from Wests Tigers – and was again called upon once again last weekend.

Tommy Makinson has 'dodged a bullet' with small leg break, says Cunningham

St Helens Star:

11:50am Tuesday 9th June 2015

SAINTS wing Tommy Makinson is expected to be back in action before the end of the Super 8s after suffering a small break in his fibula and ankle ligament damage.

Tommy Makinson confirms ankle surgery

St Helens Star:

1:01pm Sunday 7th June 2015

SAINTS wing Tommy Makinson has confirmed supporters' worst fears and revealed that Friday's late injury required surgery.

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