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How will relegation change the Super League landscape?

Terry Campese

The signing of Terry Campese by Hull Kingston Rovers is an interesting one. 
 On the one hand, there’s the usual conundrum. He’s been absolute quality at times down the years, but he’s now the wrong side of 30, injury-prone and he wasn’t in great form last year. 
 He might go on to be another Brett Mullins or Bradley ... Read More »

Garry Schofield: Lucky England urgently need to improve


I was astonished to hear the pundits on the BBC saying how well England played against Samoa, and making excuses for a lucky win. If it wasn’t for the two tries that came from kicks because of some poor play from the Samoan fullback, then we may have found ourselves on the losing side. One thing is certain – there ... Read More »

Garry Schofield: Can England do a St Helens?


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!


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


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


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?


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


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 »