Garry Schofield column: So who will get to Wembley?

Every week, leading Rugby League columnist Garry Schofield writes for League Express about the big talking points in the game. As a special treat to celebrate Challenge Cup semi-final weekend, here is the Hall of Fame inductee’s preview ahead of the two key matches. The Challenge Cup semi-final weekend is always one of the highlights of the Rugby League calendar,…

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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…

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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…

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

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…

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