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Garry Schofield: Can England do a St Helens?

Schoey believes Alex Walmsley, left, had a case for England inclusion


I was pretty pleased with the squad Steve McNamara picked for the Four Nations. Even though I’ve talked up players like Makinson and Walmsley for inclusion, we are very well off in those positions. If fact we look good in many areas, even at hooker, where we have lost McIlorum and Roby. I’m confident that Daryl Clark, who fully deserved ... Read More »

Garry Schofield: I got it wrong!

Can St Helens recapture their Super League title next season?

Well, well well – it’s humble pie time for me! Sincere congratulations to everybody at St Helens for pulling off what I believed was the impossible. And I don’t just mean in beating Wigan on Saturday evening. I’m talking about their progress over the last month as a whole. I didn’t think they could possibly make the Grand Final at ... Read More »

Garry Schofield: Wigan could “humiliate” St Helens

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I imagine that all we’ll hear from the pundits tomorrow is that the Super League Grand Final will be close and very difficult to call. It’s first versus second, a local derby and finals are supposed to be tight games with few risks taken. I think most pundits will tip Wigan, but they’ll probably also say how close it’ll be. ... Read More »

Garry Schofield: How I think this week’s play-offs will unfold

Schoey sees Saints losing to Castleford

It has been one of the strangest ends to the regular season for years, with all the top teams losing matches they were expected to win. That was perfectly encapsulated at the weekend by Saints and Castleford, with neither of them looking like they wanted to finish top of the pile. None of the top six can be happy with ... Read More »

Garry Schofield: Give the new structure a chance

Gen-10

The RFL launched the game’s new professional structure last week, and there is plenty there to get your teeth into. As we’ve known for a while now, the top two divisions will each have 12 teams, and they will split into three competitions of eight teams later in the season. Now we have some meat on the bones and we ... Read More »

Garry Schofield: Who should play for England?

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This is an excerpt from a story published in today’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. There is no mid-season England international this year, but I still can’t resist picking ... Read More »

Comment: Kevin Sinfield should stick to the hooking role

Kevin-Sinfield

This is an excerpt from an article that originally appeared in League Express newspaper. To read the rest of it, click here. And for more features like this be sure to buy the paper every week. Leeds Rhinos produced a superb performance to see off a spirited Castleford on Thursday night, in a game that nobody could have failed to ... Read More »

Eight players to watch in Super League 2014

Liam Sutcliffe. ©RLPhotos

I have chosen eight players who I think will make a name for themselves in Super League this season.
 I’m confident that some of them will emerge among Super League’s best players, but there are also a couple of young players who I really hope will get a chance at their clubs in 2014. Matty Russell (Warrington) Warrington’s new fullback ... Read More »

Super League 2014: My tips for success

Shaun Wane. ©JoeWhitley

Here are the rest of my 2014 Super League season predictions, which I started in yesterday’s column (click to read Schoey’s relegation predictions). 7 Hull FC New coach Lee Radford will improve things in my opinion because he’ll bring back the passion for the shirt, which has been missing for a while. I think we’ve seen the back of some ... Read More »

Super League 2014: My favourites for relegation

Oliver Roberts (far left) ©JoeWhitley

With a few weeks to go until the start of the season, I think it’s time to look ahead at how things might unfold. Over the next two of my columns, I’ll be predicting how the league table will look at the end of 2014. I’m sure I’ll be getting plenty of grief on Twitter as a result of this ... Read More »