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Comment: Great Britain must return, but with one condition


Freelance Rugby League journalist Ben Giles believes the Great Britain squad should contain a minimum of 12 non-English players… If Great Britain were to return for tours and therefore become a carrot for the home nations players, a proviso should be put in place to increase both the appeal of the British side, and the chances of home nations stars ... Read More »

Opinion: Should Rugby League’s charge-down rule be amended?


Freelance Rugby League journalist Ben Giles believes the charge-down rule needs changing – read his thoughts and let us know if you agree… Time and again this season we have witnessed poor positioning by a playmaker, resulting in a rushed kick that is charge down by an eager defender. The result? Often another set for the attacking side who regain ... Read More »

Opinion: Should Super League bring in ‘rookie rounds’?


Freelance Rugby League journalist Ben Giles offers a solution to the busy Super League schedule planned for next year… With 2015 seeing an increase in the number of fixtures across the board, and all clubs playing a minimum of 30 games, the already short off-season is set to be reduced further and players are going to be stretched. I believe ... Read More »

Rugby League podcast: Joe Grima on his first week at the Broncos

London Broncos coach Joey Grima

In this week’s edition of ‘Rugby League Down South’, Ian Ramsdale interviews new London Broncos coach Joe Grima, who replaced Tony Rea last week, Nick Slyney, Steve McCormack and Will Lovell. Interviews/features in this week’s episode 01.45: New London Broncos coach Joe Grima on the first week in the job 11.30: Hard working forward Nick Slyney 17.00: Director at Enfield ... Read More »

Rankin could be Radford’s secret weapon on Saturday


Hull FC coach Lee Radford has hinted he is going to bring back Jordan Rankin into his side for Saturday’s Hull derby at Magic Weekend. The former Gold Coast star, 22, has been a regular starter for the Airlie Birds in 2014 but was dropped for last week’s 44-16 loss against Wigan. With derby experience under his belt, Radford thinks ... Read More »

Joe Westerman: Hull FC form a “joke”

Westerman taking on his former club Castleford.

Hull FC loose forward Joe Westerman has described his side’s latest run of poor performances as a “joke”. The Airlie Birds let a comfortable lead slip to lose against Wakefield Wildcats before getting thumped by an under-strength Wigan side last week. The Black and Whites take on cross-city rivals Hull KR at Magic Weekend and Westerman is hoping for a ... Read More »

Frustrated O’Loughlin unsure of return


Wigan captain Sean O’Loughlin doesn’t know when he is going to return from his latest injury setback. The England loose forward, who has missed seven of his side’s last 14 games, was set for a return against Leeds a fortnight ago after shrugging off a neck problem but pulled his groin in the warm-up. He missed that game, the following ... Read More »

Cooke: Complacency not to blame for Dons form

Paul Cooke. ©RLPhotos

Doncaster player-coach Paul Cooke insists there is no complacency in his side, as he searches for a reason to diagnose their poor form. After a very strong start to the season, which has seen the Dons level on points with second-placed Featherstone Rovers in the Championship table, they were lucky to get past Barrow a fortnight ago and lost to ... Read More »

Hetherington nips Bailey loan claims in bud


Leeds chief executive Gary Hetherington has made it clear that no Rhinos first-team players are available for loan, putting to an end speculation that Ryan Bailey was set to join Bradford Bulls or Castleford Tigers on temporary deals. He told the Yorkshire Evening Post: “We are running on pretty small numbers. We’ve only used dual-registration once this season, because all ... Read More »

Video: We preview Magic Weekend 2014

Action from Magic Weekend 2012. ©RLPhotos

John Davidson speaks to League Express editor Martyn Sadler about Saturday’s games at the Magic Weekend. They preview the opening fixture involving London Broncos and Catalan Dragons, Salford Red Devils’ clash with fellow north west outfit Widnes Vikings, the fascinating Hull derby and then the mouth-watering curtain closer between Leeds against Wigan. Want more Rugby League news and features? Subscribe ... Read More »