Monday, September 15, 2014
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Author Archives: Martyn Sadler

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

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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 »

World Cup qualification process revealed

Rugby League World Cup

The Rugby League International Federation has announced the qualification process for the 2017 World Cup, which will be held in Australia and New Zealand in October and November 2017. Seven nations, who were all quarter finalists in the 2013 tournament – Australia, New Zealand, England, Fiji, France, Samoa and Scotland – have all received an automatic place. The remaining seven nations ... Read More »

Who were the Super League Game Stars in Round 19?

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Martyn Sadler, the editor of Rugby League Express, reveals which players earned Game Star awards from our reporters in the weekend’s Super League games.   Widnes Vikings 20 Castleford Tigers 40 – Daryl Clark Reporter: Steve Fox “The hooker was on top form. International form, to be precise.”   Bradford Bulls 30 Catalan Dragons 32 – Luke Gale Reporter: Aaron ... Read More »

Opinion: Culture, Image and Australian Rugby League

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Martyn Sadler, the editor of Rugby League Express newspaper, defends Australian Rugby League against one of its own media stars… Why do we panic so much about Rugby League’s image every time an Australian player is found to have done something silly? This week the Australian Rugby League media have been wetting themselves about a player who has literally wet ... Read More »

Who were the Super League stars at the weekend?

Danny Brough tied up this year's Goldthorpe Medal with a week to spare

  Martyn Sadler, the editor of Rugby League Express, reveals which players earned Game Star awards from our reporters in the weekend’s Super League games. Hull Kingston Rovers 22 Huddersfield Giants 26 – Danny Brough Reporter: Pete Stephenson “It wasn’t his best game, but Danny Brough did enough at crucial points of the game to ensure his side came away ... Read More »

Missed opportunity for England

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Martyn Sadler, the editor of Rugby League Express, regrets that England won’t have a mid-season international game in 2014. This is a modified version of an article that appeared in his Talking Rugby League column on Monday.   The England squad gathered in Loughborough this week for a mid-season get-together as part of their preparations for this year’s Four Nations tournament to ... Read More »

Hardaker given 5-match ban

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Leeds Rhinos fullback Zak Hardaker has been given a 5 -match suspension for his grade E offence of making a homophobic comment in the Rhinos’ recent game against Warrington Wolves at the Halliwell Jones Stadium. In other news from tonight’s meeting of the RFL disciplinary panel, Hardaker’s Leeds colleague Jamie Peacock was fined £300 but was not suspended for punching ... Read More »