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Author Archives: Martyn Sadler

Comment: Glad to be over the Samoa banana skin

England-v-Samoa

I always regarded the Samoa game on Saturday as a giant banana skin waiting to cause England serious problems. So I’m grateful for small mercies. The only thing that mattered was that England should win the game. The margin didn’t matter, and, to be fair, the manner of victory didn’t much matter either. The English team was playing just two ... Read More »

Opinion: International Rugby League is not dead

Four-Nations-fans

I don’t know why Rugby League has such a strong culture of self-criticism and introspection. But we saw it again in the week leading up to the opening game of this year’s Four Nations campaign. The main emphasis of the Rugby League media seemed to be the imminent departure from the code of Jarryd Hayne to American Football and Sam ... Read More »

How healthy is international Rugby League?

George-Burgess-England-v-Australia

The Guardian newspaper published an article yesterday on its website entitled ‘Rugby league’s international failure is spectacular’. It was written by an Australian journalist, Nick Tedeschi, a freelance writer whose frustration with the state of international Rugby League was plain for everyone to see. “Rugby league and its devotion to the international game has always promised big and nearly always ... Read More »

Opinion: Saturday night was Brown’s greatest triumph

St-Helens-2014-Grand-Final

If a coach is going to leave a club, the best way to go is on his own terms and with a trophy in the cabinet. And Nathan Brown did just that on Saturday night. We all wondered whether the announcement just a week before the Grand Final that he was going to head home to Australia would damage Saints’ ... Read More »

Comment: Saints proved their critics wrong

Can St Helens recapture their Super League title next season?

Referee Phil Bentham will never have an easier decision to make. The red card he showed to Wigan prop Ben Flower after just three minutes at Old Trafford on Saturday night was the only decision he could have made at that point. No ifs, and no buts. It was a dreadful incident, and I can’t imagine what could have been ... Read More »

Kallum Watkins in all three Super League Dream Teams

Kallum-Watkins-Rhinos

Last week the RFL revealed its Dream Team for the 2014 season. The Dream Team is selected by ballot among members of the Rugby League media, and the team that was unveiled last week contained eight players – Zak Hardaker, Michael Shenton, Kallum Watkins, Tommy Makinson, Kevin Brown, Daryl Clark, Elliott Whitehead and Carl Ablett – who were making their ... Read More »

Comment: Two (referees) is company, three’s a crowd

The RFL has been trialling two referee matches at academy level

Did you see the story coming out of Australia last week suggesting that the NRL is contemplating having three referees on the pitch? Have you heard a crazier idea? How many officials do they want? We are going to get a situation one day in Rugby League where the officials will outnumber the players. And does it do any good? ... Read More »

Opinion: Super League season set to end with a bang

Leeds-and-Wigan-fight

Anyone who likes watching Super League on TV must have enjoyed the two offerings from Sky Sports last Thursday and Friday night, with Warrington and Huddersfield finishing level, and then St Helens edging out Leeds by a single point at Headingley on Friday. The season, at least for TV viewers, seems to be ending with a bang, and it should ... Read More »

Sinfield inspired by early Wembley memory

Kevin Sinfield Cup

MARTYN SADLER speaks to Leeds Rhinos captain Kevin Sinfield on the eve of the Tetley’s Challenge Cup Final Leeds captain Kevin Sinfield has never won a game at Wembley. Or at least that’s what most people think. But if you do think that, then you’re dead wrong – Kevin has one Wembley victory to his name. In fact he was ... Read More »

Opinion: Super League’s French entrée has to be cultivated

Elliot-Whitehead-Catalan-Hull-FC

On Friday night I was privileged to be a guest of the Catalan Dragons chief executive Christophe Jouffret for dinner prior to the game between the Dragons and Warrington Wolves. I’d spent the week in Perpignan and had taken the opportunity to sample the café culture in the heart of the city, as well as heading out to the beach ... Read More »