Saturday, November 29, 2014
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Author Archives: Gareth Walker

Opinion: Championship to start with a bang

Ryan Brierley

The RFL has copped a lot of criticism recently, and some of it justifiably so. But they deserved to be applauded both for the timing and organisation of the 2015 fixtures release, particularly when looking at it from a Championship angle. Just the simple fact that they announced all three divisions at the same time makes a difference to Championship ... Read More »

Comment: Will there ever be another Ashes tour?

Peacock received 47 international caps during his career

Confirmation that New Zealand will head to England next year for a three-match test series is to be welcomed – but is tinged with sadness that another proposed Great Britain tour has bitten the dust. Given that 2016 sees a Four Nations competition on these shores, and the following year is the World Cup down under, the next opportunity for ... Read More »

Opinion: Time to think positively about the restructure

General-stock-rugby

The Rugby Football League unveiled a detailed explanation of the sport’s new structures towards the end of July. Detailed is definitely the word – it was comprehensive and informative, to the extent that it took up an entire page of League Express the following Monday. Which of course is a lot of people’s main issue with the restructuring. It isn’t ... Read More »

Scans clear “smashed up” Matty Russell

Matty-Russell

Warrington fullback Matty Russell has been cleared of any serious injury following his worrying collision with Widnes forward Magraff Leuluai in Saturday’s dramatic play-off game. The match was held up for around ten minutes in the second half and Russell was stretchered from the field in a neck brace after he collided with an on-rushing Leuluai following a high kick. ... Read More »

Cougars begin legal action; propose expanded Championship

Can Keighley Cougars come straight back up after relegation in 2014?

Keighley Cougars and Sheffield Eagles have begun formal legal action against the Rugby Football League over the ineligible dual-registration players saga. Cougars Chairman Gary Fawcett says that the club has not received any answers from the sport’s governing body over why Batley and Doncaster were reinstated the three points they were initially deducted. Fawcett wants to know why the clubs ... Read More »

Six ways to resolve the Championship’s dual registration debacle

Can Keighley Cougars come straight back up after relegation in 2014?

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

Ralph Rimmer

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 has another new player on board.

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 »