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York City Knights appoint new directors

York City Knights have announced that the club has a new-look Board of Directors that is designed to enable the club to realise its ambitions in 2015 and beyond. Four new directors have joined the board to work alongside Chairman John Guildford. The new directors are local lawyer Stephen Knowles, Dave Baldwin, the managing director of a York-based furniture company, ... Read More »

Sunday’s Rugby League results

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Barrow Raiders 38 Keighley Cougars 20 Castleford Tigers 20 Widnes Vikings 18 Doncaster 12 Hunslet Hawks 42 Featherstone Rovers 62 York City Knights 6 Halifax 6 Huddersfield Giants 38 Leeds Rhinos 34 Bradford Bulls 14 Leigh Centurions 42 North Wales Crusaders 22 London Skolars 14 London Broncos 36 St Helens 28 Wigan Warriors 12 Wakefield Trinity Wildcats 46 Hull FC ... Read More »

Rookies who made the grade

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Regular readers of League Express will have¬†noticed that in this week’s issue we focus on the rookies who we believe could make the grade in Super League in 2015. Picking out young players to watch for the new season is one of the more interesting exercises we go through each year at League Express. Last year, for example, the Wigan ... Read More »

Is Rugby League getting too structured?

Rugby League Express editor MARTYN SADLER asks whether Rugby League is in danger of losing some of its spontaneity. For the first time in the NRL’s history its officials have collated data demonstrating changes in the way the game has been played since 2004, while projecting what the game may look like in 2024 if current trends continue unchecked. Their ... Read More »

League Express digital edition now available

The new edition of League Express has now gone online, and can be purchased immediately in its digital form. In this week’s issue we have a full report and pictures from the England Academy’s Test match against the Australian Schoolboys that was played at Leigh Sports Village on Saturday. We also have interviews with some of the key figures in ... Read More »

Everything you ever wanted to know about Rugby League

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League Publications Ltd has been publishing an annual Yearbook since 1996, and in that time it has evolved to become the definitive guide to the Rugby League year, both in Europe and, to a slightly lesser extent, Australasia. Edited by my colleague Tim Butcher, and designed by Daniel Spencer, who is also the book’s statistician, I can say with some ... Read More »

Comment: Glad to be over the Samoa banana skin

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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

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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?

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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

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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 »