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Author Archives: League Express

Sean O’Loughlin: Wigan must bounce back

Sean-O'Loughlin

Wigan Warriors captain Sean O’Loughlin has challenged his side to bounce back and go one step further in 2015, after their attempt to retain their Super League crown ended in defeat on Saturday night. The Warriors went down 14-6 against bitter rivals St Helens, playing almost the entire game with twelve men after Ben Flower was sent off in the ... Read More »

James Roby: Grand Final victory best one yet

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St Helens hooker James Roby claims that Saturday’s Grand Final victory is the best one he’s experienced, after Saints triumphed in the face of adversity, defeating arch-rivals Wigan 14-6 to claim their first Super League crown since 2006, when they defeated Hull FC. Having lost on five occasions since then, Roby believes that after so many injuries throughout the course ... Read More »

Culture carried Saints to glory, says Nathan Brown

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St Helens coach Nathan Brown said the Grand Final victory against Wigan Warriors was due to the ‘culture’ the club possesses, insisting there isn’t another outfit in the world that has one like Saints. After losing key players Jonny Lomax, Luke Walsh and Jon Wilkin during the course of the season, Saints again had to do it the hard way ... Read More »

Opinion: Is all publicity good publicity?

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If all publicity is good publicity, as some people claim, then the RFL should strike a special medal in honour of Wigan prop forward Ben Flower. When Flower belted St Helens halfback Lance Hohaia on Saturday, and then again as he lay semi-conscious on the floor, his action was immediately picked up by social media all over the world. A ... Read More »

Grand Final: How Twitter reacted to Flower’s red card

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Whatever you think about Ben Flower’s incredible attack on Lance Hohaia, one thing is for certain: it put Rugby League in the spotlight. Clearly it was for the wrong reasons, but within seconds of the Wigan prop seeing red, his name was trending on Twitter, with countless people watching replays and discussing the incident. Indeed, Flower was one of the ... Read More »

Canadians seek to join League One in 2016

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The RFL has received an application from Rugby League Canada to enter a team based in Toronto into the Kingstone Press League One competition from the 2016 season. And their proposal, with an offer to sponsor the competition as a whole, was put forward at a meeting of Championship clubs in Leeds last Wednesday. Eric Perez, the Chairman of Rugby ... Read More »

Hohaia: I can’t remember much of the game

Lance Hohaia. ©RLPhotos

Lance Hohaia has insisted he holds no grudge against Ben Flower for the punches that ruled him out of the bulk of the Grand Final win on Saturday – as Flower himself issued a public apology over the incident. Flower became the first man to be sent off in a Super League Grand Final after punching Hohaia twice in the ... Read More »

Consider Rowley for Saints job, says Schofield

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Former Great Britain star Garry Schofield believes Leigh Centurions coach Paul Rowley should be in the running to replace outgoing Nathan Brown at St Helens. In his latest League Express column, the Leeds-born pundit mentions the Championship Grand Finals day last week and heaps praise on the Centurions. “As for Leigh, what a phenomenal year they have enjoyed,” he said. ... Read More »

Feature: Garry Schofield picks his England team

Schoey believes Dan Sarginson deserves to start over the man about to tackle him - Michael Shenton

With the Four Nations less than a fortnight away, outspoken League Express columnist Garry Schofield has selected what he thinks is the strongest English 17 at Steve McNamara’s disposal. Here it is: 1 Sam Tomkins (New Zealand Warriors) 2 Joe Burgess (Wigan Warriors) 3 Dan Sarginson (Wigan Warriors) 4 Kallum Watkins (Leeds Rhinos) 5 Ryan Hall (Leeds Rhinos) 6 Gareth ... Read More »

Tim Smith signs one-year deal with Wakefield

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Wakefield Wildcats have re-signed Tim Smith from Salford Red Devils, after a successful loan spell earlier this year. Smith, who left Wakefield at the end of the 2013 season to join the Red Devils, has returned to his former club on a permanent deal, signing a one-year contract at the Rapid Solicitors Stadium. And Wildcats boss James Webster told League ... Read More »

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