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Gareth Widdop best NRL signing, says fan poll


Australian fans have named England Test stand-off Gareth Widdop as the best NRL recruit of the 2014 season. Some 30 per cent of the 10,000 fans polled by the Sydney Daily Telegraph newspaper reckoned he was the best buy of the year after switching from Melbourne Storm to St George Illawarra at the end of last season. This article originally ... Read More »

Opinion: The rule change that improved our game


This is an excerpt from a story published in this week’s issue of League Express newspaper, which is out in all good newsagents right now. If you can’t get your hands on a hard copy, click here to download a digital version to your computer or smartphone. In recent years the good folk at the NRL have been intent on ... Read More »

James Graham wins battle of Britain

Sam Burgess and James Graham clashing in 2013. ©ColWhelan/ActionPhotographics

All last week the media had been trumpeting Rugby League’s ‘Battle of Britain’ – the clash between World Cup room-mates Sam Burgess and James Graham. And it proved to be just that on Good Friday! As Canterbury snatched a late 15-14 victory over South Sydney it was difficult to judge which of the two former Super League behemoths came out ... Read More »

NRL 2014: We preview the new season


The 2014 NRL season gets underway this week when Premiers Sydney Roosters take on rivals South Sydney Rabbitohs at the ANZ Stadium. Here’s how we think each side in the league will fare in 2014. To see the round one fixtures, click here. BRISBANE BRONCOS Home Ground: Suncorp Stadium, Milton (Brisbane) Coach: Anthony Griffin 2013 finish: 12th 2013 top pointscorer: ... Read More »

The Aussie outlook: Why I can’t wait for kick off


Like a drug addict I need a fix! Only the drug of my choice isn’t harmful, even if it is addictive. Rugby League! It’s been only seven weeks since the World Cup Final was played before that enormous crowd at Old Trafford … and two months since the most thrilling finish to a Rugby League match in years, when the ... Read More »

The Aussie outlook: Spitfires and Eccles cakes


Regular readers will know of my fondness for the grass roots of the game in Old Blighty, especially some of the clubs with an interesting history, or players who have gone on to become famous or come from a town linked to one or more of my ancestors. There was the Chesterfield Spires, named after the church with the twisted ... Read More »

View from the Strand: Murphy’s Law at Henson Park


The start of the New Year in the Antipodes has been as predictable as ever. Enter Mr Glenn ‘Bumper’ Dwyer, the indefatigable publicity and marketing man for Newtown Jets (formerly the Bluebags). Now, Bumper is no man’s fool. He understands the working of newspapers in the so-called silly season, where Rugby League stories are at a premium. So each and ... Read More »

Freddy Fittler in fantasy league

Malcolm Andrews reacts to a story that Brad ‘Freddy’ Fittler will come out of retirement to play for Sydney Roosters in next month’s NRL Nines in Auckland… A happy New Year to all our devoted readers, although from reports filtering in from Old Blighty it has been a grim opening to 2014 – and I am not talking about your ... Read More »

What might happen in 2014: Olde Malcolm’s Almanack

Malcolm Andrews looks ahead to what might happen in Rugby League in 2014… Move over Nostradamus. Olde Malcolm is here again with extracts from his annual Almanack, predicting what will be happening to our great game during 2014. And there will be no quatrains that take a lot of understanding. First prediction: There will be a host of withdrawals of ... Read More »

Not so Stella Christmas presents

Scroll down to see what Christmas present Malcolm thinks SBW should be handing out this year.

Malcolm Andrews gives his compliments of the season. Apologies to everyone if I sound a bit like the Grinch. But it is that time of year again … the time when everyone descends on the main shopping centres at the same time to make my life a misery. It becomes virtually impossible to find a parking spot when you are ... Read More »