Championship season kicks-off with clubs not even sure what they’re playing for

It’s a pivotal season for Rugby League in this country in many respects, but the Championship more than most. While the uncertainty surrounding the structure of the sport helps nobody, it affects the clubs in the second tier significantly. Those at the top end want reassurances that the pathway to Super League will remain open, while those at the bottom…

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Cumbria’s promotion showdown

GARETH WALKER of League Express looks ahead to this weekend’s crucial games in the Championship and League One A SEASON’S work goes on the line for the remaining clubs outside Super League this weekend, with the Championship Shield final and League One promotion play-off. Toulouse Olympique host Sheffield Eagles in the former, with the latter seeing Barrow Raiders entertain Whitehaven…

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Robins take flight

GARETH WALKER, the Championship correspondent of League Express pays tribute to the achievements of Hull Kingston Rovers in 2017   IF a blueprint on how to approach relegation was to be written, Hull KR’s approach to the 2017 campaign would be a perfect template. Much has been said and written about the “disaster” of relegation during the summer era, although for…

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Fax to welcome key quartet back for Catalans clash

Halifax will have key quartet Adam Tangata, Mitch Cahalane, Ben Heaton and Will Sharp back for Sunday’s Qualifiers clash with Catalans Dragons. All four were missing for the narrow defeat at Warrington, with the first three injured and Sharp suspended. But they now offer coach Richard Marshall a host of new options after he has battled for several weeks with…

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All to play for

GARETH WALKER, the Championship correspondent of League Express, looks at the progress of the Championship clubs in the Qualifiers.   THE Qualifiers are now firmly underway, and the four Championship clubs involved are playing their full part in the action so far. Hull Kingston Rovers shook the competition up last weekend with their gritty 20-16 win at Super League Leigh.…

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Cougars dispel reserves myth

Gareth Walker, the Championship correspondent of League Express, speaks to Keighley Cougars Chairman Gary Fawcett about reserve-team rugby   Whether or not clubs should have to run reserve teams remains a hot topic for some in Rugby League. And despite claims of the cost being prohibitive, Keighley chairman Gary Fawcett said they can be run for virtually nothing, and should…

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Knights leading the way

League Express Championship correspondent GARETH WALKER pays tribute to York City Knights for their promotion of today’s home clash against Toronto Wolfpack York City Knights deserve considerable credit for the way in which they have promoted this weekend’s clash with Toronto Wolfpack. The Knights have been getting high profile rugby league stars such as Jamie Peacock, Paul Sculthorpe and Barrie…

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Swinton coach can hold his head high

GARETH WALKER, the Championship correspondent of League Express, pays tribute to Swinton coach John Duffy for his role with the Lions over the last 18 months. THE future of Swinton Lions may as yet be uncertain, following their recent financial difficulties. But whatever lies ahead, the recent role of coach John Duffy should not go unnoticed. The Lions’ issues have…

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