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RFL manager wins national award

Linda-Low

RFL National Coach Education and Learning Programmes Manager Linda Low was last week named Coach Developer of the Year at the 2014 UK Coaching Awards in Glasgow. The awards are intended to raise the profile of coaches and the role they play in encouraging participation, performance and excellence. Previous winners include the coaches behind Rebecca Adlington, Maggie Alphonsi, Sir Ben ... Read More »

Wolves roster full, says Tony Smith

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Warrington coach Tony Smith has revealed the Wolves don’t expect to make any more pre-season signings. The eight-time Challenge Cup winners have brought in three high-profile names for 2015 – St Helens’ Gary Wheeler, Ashton Sims from North Queensland and Castleford’s Daryl Clark – and will only dip into the market again if their hand is forced. “We’re pretty full, ... Read More »

Warrington want more from Roy Asotasi

Roy Asotasi in his South Sydney Rabbitohs days. ©ColinWhelan/ActionPhotographics

Warrington head coach Tony Smith is hoping to see more from Roy Asotasi next season, although he admits that 2014 has been tough for the Kiwi prop. Asotasi joined the Wolves on a two-year contract at the start of the season after a 13-year career in the NRL with Canterbury and South Sydney. The front-rower won an NRL Grand Final ... Read More »

Salford Red Devils post £5,000,000 loss

Dr Marwan Koukash. ©RLphotos

Salford Red Devils have recently lodged their financial report and accounts at Companies House – and the figures don’t make good reading. For the year to 31 January 2014 Salford City Reds (2013) Limited lost a total of £5,142,778, which is almost certainly the greatest loss ever suffered by a Rugby League club. The club’s turnover was just £2,298,378. This ... Read More »

Eight reasons to read this week’s League Express

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Koukash v Leigh Centurions head of rugby Derek Beaumont speaks to Gareth Walker and dismisses a claim that Salford owner Dr Marwan Koukash didn’t try to snap up half-back Ryan Brierley Click here to download the digital version of League Express newspaper to the device of your choice Sneyd relying on experience In an exclusive interview, Hull FC half-back Marc ... Read More »

Wakefield sign Jacob Miller on one-year deal

Jacob Miller. ©RLPhotos

Wakefield Wildcats have completed the signing of Hull FC half-back Jacob Miller, with the Australian signing a one-year deal at the club. Miller, who joined the Black and Whites in 2013, failed to hold down a place under Lee Radford in 2014, spending time out on dual-registration at Championship club Doncaster. However, he has now made the switch from East ... Read More »

Championship: Featherstone land young Leeds quartet

Jordan Baldwinson

Featherstone Rovers have signed four youngsters from Leeds for 2015, including former England Academy captain Jordan Baldwinson. He will be joined at the Big Fellas Stadium next year by Rhinos teammates Mason Tonks, Alex Foster and Thomas Mimms – though all four have agreed deals with the Headingley club for 2016. Tonks and Baldwinson both signed for New Zealand Warriors ... Read More »

Joe Burgess thrilled with rookie of the year award

Joe Burgess in 2014: 20 tries; 6 assists; 11 offloads; 248 carries; 27 clean breaks; 2,639 metres; 55 tackle busts; 79 tackles; 38 runs from dummy half; 38 errors; 3 penalties conceded; 15 missed tackles. Source: Opta

Wigan winger Joe Burgess says it came as a huge surprise to win the 2014 Albert Goldthorpe Rookie of the Year Medal. The 20-year-old, who had only played two Super League games prior to 2014, enjoyed a meteoric rise to prominence this season, scoring 25 tries in 27 games in all competitions. The Rookie of the Year Award is a ... Read More »

Paul Wellens backs James Graham for Golden Boot

James-Graham

St Helens captain Paul Wellens worked as an assistant coach for the England squad in the recent Four Nations tournament. And, although the experience taught him many things, Wellens confirms that one thing he is sure of is that his former Saints team-mate James Graham should be among the six-player Golden Boot shortlist when it is announced in Friday’s edition ... Read More »

Opinion: New Zealand victory was best for Rugby League

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New Zealand’s victory over Australia in the Four Nations tournament final in Wellington on Saturday was a great result for international Rugby League. And it was also a positive result for English Rugby League. The Kiwis will play a three-match Test series in England next year, which will come hard on the heels of the Rugby Union World Cup. After last ... Read More »

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