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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 »

Rugby League World – 400 up and going strong

GARETH WALKER, the editor of Rugby League World magazine, celebrates a wonderful milestone in the magazine’s history. This month marks the 400th issue of Rugby League World’s long and illustrious history. Rugby League World issue 400 is in shops now. You can also read it online on your smartphone, tablet, desktop PC or Mac. You can order a copy by post ... Read More »

Gloucestershire future looks All Gold

Secret Speccie - Gloucs All Golds

GARETH WALKER, the Championship correspondent of League Express, pays tribute to the achievements of the All Golds this season. For all intents and purposes, Kingstone Press Championship One was supposed to be a three-horse race in 2014. Nobody was overlooking the sterling work that has been done by the expansion clubs in that division. Or even being arrogant enough to ... Read More »

Plenty of guys in Town

Workington

Gareth Walker pays tribute to a great performance by Workington Town last Sunday. Few teams can this year have come through the amount of adversity that Workington Town had to contend with last weekend. Phil Veivers’ side have been close to recording a host of wins this season – they current have nine bonus points from 11 defeats – only ... Read More »

The Last Crusade

Clive Griffiths

Gareth Walker, the Championship correspondent of Rugby League Express, pays tribute to the North Wales Crusaders’ Clive Griffiths. Clive Griffiths took charge of his final game as North Wales Crusaders coach against Whitehaven last Sunday. Fittingly his side marked the occasion with a victory as Gary Middlehurst’s late try helped them to a thrilling 22-21 win over the Cumbrians. Griffiths will ... Read More »

Rugby League’s Expanding Horizons

Gateshead-Thunder

GARETH WALKER of League Express pays tribute to the clubs in Kingstone Press Championship One from outside the so-called heartlands. In what is understood to be a first in Rugby League history, last weekend saw clubs from expansion areas win every single game in a professional competition, Kingstone Press Championship One. South Wales Scorpions set the ball rolling by recording ... Read More »

Comment: The Leeds loss really hurt Leigh

Gregg-McNally-Leeds-v-Leigh

This is an excerpt from a story published in this week’s issue of League Express newspaper, which is out in all good newsagents right now. If you can’t get your hands on a hard copy, click here to download a digital version to your computer or smartphone. At Saturday’s Wigan-Castleford Challenge Cup tie, Leigh coach Paul Rowley and scrum-half Ryan ... Read More »

Bobbie’s back!

Bobbie Goulding

GARETH WALKER, the Championship correspondent of League Express, hails Bobbie Goulding’s appearance in the Championship for Barrow last Sunday. THERE was little doubt about the story with the most sporting romance last weekend. Barrow Raiders coach Bobbie Goulding stepped back onto a rugby league field for the first time in nine years and inspired his side to a 38-18 win ... Read More »