Wednesday, September 17, 2014
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Author Archives: Joe Whitley

Wigan Warriors ignored at SPOTY, but now it’s your choice

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Not that they’ll be needing it, but commiserations to Wigan Warriors, who would have been worthy winners of the Team of the Year award at Sunday’s BBC Sports Personality of the Year ceremony. It was no big surprise they weren’t even mentioned. Luckily you will still be able to decide whether Wigan have been the club of 2013. This week ... Read More »

Steve McNamara still England coach, now based in Sydney

Steve McNamara will continue as England coach on a part-time basis alongside an assistant role at Sydney Roosters. ©RLphotos

England coach Steve McNamara is confident he will be able to prepare his side to play in the 2014 Four Nations tournament in Australasia, despite the fact that he will be based in Sydney from next month, when he flies out to join Sydney Roosters as an assistant coach to former Catalan Dragons coach Trent Robinson under a two-year contract. ... Read More »

Derby debut for Paul Aiton

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Papua New Guinea hooker Paul Aiton will make his Leeds Rhinos debut against former club Wakefield Trinity Wildcats on Boxing Day. Leeds coach Brian McDermott has named his starting 13 for the festive fixture and the 28-year-old will line up alongside Ian Kirke and Ryan Bailey on the front row. McDermott’s most notable selection is fullback Zak Hardaker, who starts ... Read More »

Sport England survey reveals Rugby League growth

The latest Sport England survey shows an increase in the number of people playing Rugby League over the last year. Between October 2012 and October 2013, the number of weekly participants rose from 48,600 to 53,500. And Rugby League was unique in that no other team sport registered an increase across that 12-month period. Football suffered a loss of 96,600 ... Read More »

Steve McCormack backs Celtic idea ‘in principle’

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Scotland boss Steve McCormack said he would consider coaching a Celtic side featuring players from Scotland, Wales and Ireland against England as a way to prepare and select the Great Britain team for 2015. In last week’s League Express, editor Martyn Sadler proposed a State-of-Origin-like clash between England and the Celtic nations to replace the Exiles match that has featured ... Read More »

Wigan miss out on Sports Personality recognition

Not that they’ll be needing it, but commiserations to Wigan Warriors, who would have been worthy winners of the Team of the Year award at last night’s (Sunday) BBC Sports Personality of the Year ceremony. It was no big surprise they weren’t even nominated. Luckily you will still be able to decide whether Wigan have been the club of 2013. ... Read More »

Video: Sonny Bill Williams boxing

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We all know Sonny Bill Williams loves a scrap. Search his name on YouTube and you’ll find all manner of NRL punch-ups featuring the New Zealander and, more often than not, four or five others struggling to fend him off. He decided to put that fighting spirit to good use and, as many of you will know, began a professional ... Read More »

Morgan Escaré signs three-year Dragons deal

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Exciting French full-back Morgan Escaré has signed a three-year extension to his Catalan Dragons contract. The 22-year-old was voted 2013 rookie of the year at the Super League outfit and was one of the World Cup’s shining lights. He scored 15 tries in 17 games in his debut season. “I’m really happy to sign this new contract. It’s great to ... Read More »

Talking grass roots: Leaving a legacy

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The road to hell is paved with good intentions, and that uncertain pathway is possibly nowhere taken more regularly than in sport. Hell might, admittedly, be a shade too strong a word for the destination reached by folk who fail to follow up inspiring events, but the essential truth is that, far too often, real opportunities are missed through simple ... Read More »

The best Rugby League videos on YouTube

We compile some of the most entertaining and excruciating Rugby League videos on the internet. ©RLphotos

I was recently using YouTube to research a story and stumbled across some amazing clips of Rugby League hits and tries. I thought I’d share the best five I found with you. Presenting five of the best Rugby League videos on YouTube. Best tries of all time A nice, short and sweet video containing a nice mix of mind-blowing tries ... Read More »