Tuesday, September 16, 2014
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Saints chief backs new-look league plans

St Helens have stated their strong conviction that the newly agreed league structure, to be adopted in 2015, will benefit supporters, players, clubs and the wider game alike and will lead to a new era of sporting excitement and financial stability and prosperity for the game at all levels. St.Helens Chairman, Eamonn McManus said, “We have been wholly supportive of ... Read More »

Supporters Trust make first investment in Robins

The Hull Kingston Rovers Supporters Trust have made their first investment in the Robins after purchasing 10,000 club shares. Formed last April, the Trust have spent the past few months establishing themselves and now boast over 200 members. During that time, they’ve also undertaken a fair amount of fundraising and it’s from those monies that the shares have been purchased ... Read More »

Is peace breaking out?

It might go down in history as the ‘Langtree Park Agreement’, after the 14 Super League clubs finally backed the RFL’s plans to introduce the ‘two x 12s go into three eights’ league structure. A little bit like the Munich Agreement of 1938 some cynics might observe, but nevertheless the six Super League clubs, six of the biggest and most ... Read More »

Letter of the week: The Wigan factor

Wigan fans. ©RLphotos

I have looked at attendance figures for Super League season 2013 and I have been interested in how a club’s attendance changes when Wigan visit each club. Friendlies, cup matches, Magic Weekend games and end of season play-offs have not been included, so this leaves the 13 home games played by each team, ie 12 home games together with one ... Read More »

Championship preview: Workington hoping for World Cup boost


Workington Town head coach Gary Charlton explains to Paul English why his club is heading in the right direction in the Championship in 2014… Workington Town will look to add to their squad as they continue their preparations for the new season. Town issued their squad numbers at the weekend with the list containing just 20 names and numbers. “We ... Read More »

Championship preview: Whitehaven have eyes on the six


Dave Woods tells Paul English about his hopes for Whitehaven’s 2014 season… Whitehaven coach Dave Woods is hoping that his side can nail a top six finish – a position that seemed likely last year until a slump in form at the end of the campaign. There’s been a big turnover in Woods’ squad, with nine new faces and 13 ... Read More »

Super League to feature 12 teams from 2015

Super League will become a 12-team competition from 2015 after the 14 member clubs today backed plans to introduce an innovative new league structure. From next year, Rugby League’s elite competition will feature 12 clubs alongside a 12-team Championship that splits into three groups of eight. At a meeting in St Helens, the clubs voted unanimously to return promotion and ... Read More »

When 17 is your lucky number

Legendary full-back Paul Wellens. ©RLPhotos

St Helens star Paul Wellens will be going into his seventeenth Super League season in 2014. The Saints fullback made his debut in 1998, but this season he will find himself reverting to a shirt that he last wore in the year 2000. Back then Wellens wore shirt number 17, before he took over the number 1 shirt from Paul ... Read More »

Super League 2014 preview: St Helens


Size and stability augur well for Saints Tim Butcher discusses the season ahead with St Helens coach Nathan Brown… Nathan Brown’s first year in charge at Langtree Park couldn’t have started much worse. A 40-4 home humbling by Huddersfield was eye-opening to say the least. By the start of March, things had got a lot rosier. A 22-10 win at ... Read More »

Talking Grass Roots: Petty politics reflect poorly


There has been a lot of focus over the last two or three weeks on cup draws. In these instances, however, the attention hasn’t so much been on who has been paired with whom, but on who has not been included. Plenty has been said already about the unfortunate decision to exclude several leading amateur sides from the 2014 Tetley’s ... Read More »