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Author Archives: Gareth Walker

Six ways to resolve the Championship’s dual registration debacle

Keighley-Cougars

Wherever you stand on the Championship’s dual registration mess – and there are plenty of strong opinions to be found – one thing is clear. Ultimately it needs some sort of conclusion. Keighley’s understandable decision to take the RFL to court over the matter has ensured that it is far from closed at present. But it will have to be ... Read More »

Cougars take to the courts in RFL dual-reg dispute

Nigel Wood

Keighley chairman Gary Fawcett has confirmed that the Cougars have placed the dual registration controversy that has surrounded the club’s relegation into the hands of lawyers. The Cougars had been taking legal advice over the matter, and announced that they would join forces with Sheffield Eagles to cover the costs of taking it further if required. And Fawcett confirmed to ... Read More »

Dual registration: More eligibility woe for RFL

RFL Chief Operating Officer Ralph Rimmer. ©RLPhotos

Two more ineligible player cases have emerged in the Championship over the weekend in the wake of the dual-registration controversy surround the competition. An RFL spokesman confirmed that the governing body is investigating an allegation that North Wales Crusaders breached RFL operational rules relating to loan registrations by fielding an ineligible player in the Kingstone Press Championship fixture against Leigh ... Read More »

Mark Aston calls for vote of no confidence in RFL

Mark Aston

Sheffield Eagles coach Mark Aston has questioned how old evidence could be presented in last Thursday’s controversial points deduction appeals by Championship clubs Batley and Doncaster, and has called for answers from the RFL over the matter. An Operational Rules Appeals Tribunal granted the appeals against the points deductions imposed for breaches of the rules relating to dual-registration. The clubs ... Read More »

St Helens sign Travis Burns for 2015 season

Travis-Burns

St Helens have signed Hull Kingston Rovers star Travis Burns for the 2015 season, League Express understands, subject to them agreeing personal terms with the Australian player, who has led the race for this year’s Albert Goldthorpe Medal for much of the season. League Express understands that St Helens have agreed to pay a transfer fee of around £100,000 for ... Read More »

Everything to play for

Kingstone Press Championship

GARETH WALKER, the Championship correspondent of Rugby League Express, looks ahead to an exciting day of Championship action on Sunday. LEIGH Centurions rightly took the spotlight last weekend when they clinched the League Leaders Shield in style with three games still to play, but this Sunday the focus will switch elsewhere. The two Yorkshire derbies at Halifax and Batley will ... Read More »

Opinion: How to end dual-registration madness

Gen-11

It’s been a fair few months since I have written in any depth about those two most divisive of Championship words, dual registration. But there was no avoiding the controversial system last week, when the RFL confirmed that they were investigating the possibility that ineligible players were fielded on Sunday July 27. This article originally appeared in this week’s edition ... Read More »

The Heat Is On

Kingstone Press Championship

GARETH WALKER of League Express The Kingstone Press Championship is hotting up – and not just in terms of the weather. With so much at stake in the Championship this season, we expected some fine margins between success and failure. But few could have anticipated them being as fine as the ones that are developing now. Going into this weekend’s ... Read More »

International: John Kear relishing Welsh challenge

John-Kear

New Wales coach John Kear is confident he can help the side to an improved showing in the next World Cup, after succeeding Iestyn Harris last week. Wales were one of the major disappointments of last year’s competition, after failing to get out of their group, despite their home advantage. Kear, 59, has previously coached at international level with both ... Read More »

Blackpool here we come

Kingstone Press Championship

GARETH WALKER welcomes the decision to take a full round of Championship fixtures to Blackpool in 2015. Last week’s announcement that the Kingstone Press Championship will take an entire round of fixtures to Blackpool’s Bloomfield Road is great news for the sport at this level. The newly titled Kingstone Press Championship Summer Bash will take place over the Bank Holiday ... Read More »