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Interview: JJB meets Widnes captain Jon Clarke

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Leeds Rhinos forward and Rugby League World journalist Jamie Jones-Buchanan hears the remarkable life story of retiring Widnes Vikings captain Jon Clarke… Having been a BMX junior champion, spent time in prison and being one of Super League’s top hookers for over a decade, Jon Clarke has quite a life story. Now at 35, he is about to embark on ... Read More »

Interview: The story of Leigh coach Paul Rowley

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Rugby League World writer Neil Barraclough hears how Paul Rowley’s steely determination has shaped his blossoming coaching career… It is a story that dates back more than a quarter of a century, to when a 13-year-old lad from Leigh first walked into a club with which he was to become synonymous. Now, as he leads his team to yet another ... Read More »

Highs and Lowes: Where now for Bradford Bulls?

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On July 20, 2003, Bradford Bulls thumped Widnes Vikings 40-8 in front of over 12,000 people at Odsal. It was a year in which the club would win every domestic honour possible – the Challenge Cup, League Leader’s Shield and Super League Grand Final. A few months after that, the club completed a clean sweep of club honours by winning ... Read More »

Atelea Vea: “The doctor said I’d never play again”

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Rugby League World writer Nigel Wiskar finds out how Atelea Vea defied the odds to forge a top-level Rugby League career… Atelea Vea is on a mission to make the most of his Rugby League career – after being told as a teenager he would never play again. Vea leaves relegated London Broncos shortly to start a two-year deal at ... Read More »

Widnes captain Jon Clarke picks his top three hookers

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Terry Newton We played against each other from being nine or 10 years of age. We both started as props too so we both packed down against each other and even at 11 or 12 years old it was “on” from the first scrum. I don’t think I won many against Tez to be honest, and as hookers we had ... Read More »

Opinion: My thoughts on the league restructure

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Rugby League World journalist Dave Hadfield reflects on a morning spent with the RFL discussing plans for the game in 2015… It was déjà vu all over again. Sitting in a hotel in Brighouse, hearing about the plan to save the game; is it any wonder some of us were coming over all nostalgic? I would have liked a bit ... Read More »

James Webster: The best young coach in Rugby League?

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Super League’s newest coach has made an immediate impact at Wakefield, John Davidson sits down to hear the story behind James Webster’s early success… The best young coach in Rugby League? James Webster just might be that. Roosters boss Trent Robinson might have claims to that title and so could New Zealand Warrior’s mentor Andrew MacFadden. But at 35 Webster ... Read More »

Feature: How the Dragons are producing top young talent

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Young French stars Morgan Escaré and Eloi Pelissier have lit up Super League this year, and as Ricky Wilby reports, they are unlikely to be the last… The conveyor belt that produced the hugely talented Morgan Escaré and Eloi Pelissier is set for a significant boost in 2015. Next year will not only be the tenth season that the Catalans ... Read More »

Giants “under strict instructions” to celebrate opposition errors

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Rugby League World journalist Dave Hadfield on an interesting meeting with Huddersfield star Luke Robinson… I had the pleasure the other week of working on the radio with Huddersfield’s Luke Robinson. He was as sparky and chatty as you’d expect, full of fascinating insights into the game. Take the issue of teams celebrating when an opponent makes a mistake. It ... Read More »

Opinion: Is relegation really a disaster?

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As we’ve known for a while now, Bradford Bulls and London Broncos will play their rugby in the Championship next season. Both clubs are making the right noises about playing their way back into the elite, but what long-term effect will relegation from Super League have upon them? The evidence from others who have taken the drop is mixed to ... Read More »