Tuesday, January 27, 2015
Rugby League News


Andy Kelly appointed England Academy coach

Professional Player Induction Programme

The RFL have announced the appointment of Andy Kelly as coach of the England Academy team. The appointment follows England’s 2014 Autumn Academy International Series win against the Australian Schoolboys. He succeeds Richard Marshall, who has stepped down to focus on his role as coach of Kingstone Press Championship club Halifax. Kelly, the head of youth at First Utility Super ... Read More »

Rookies who made the grade

James Graham

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 »

England Academy name side to face Australia Schoolboys


England Academy head coach Richard Marshall has named his squad for the first test against Australia Schoolboys, which takes place at Leigh Sports Village on Saturday afternoon. Nine sides are represented – including Championship outfit London Broncos, with half-back Joe Keyes named in the starting line-up for the match. Leeds Rhinos have the biggest representation, with four of their players ... Read More »

England Academy v Australian Schoolboys preview

Elliot Minchella

England Academy coach Richard Marshall is happy with the way his squad have come together this week and is preparing them for a physical battle against the Australian Schoolboys on Saturday at Leigh Sports Village (2.00pm). The Schoolboys have already played warm-up games against an England Regional Academies team, Wigan Warriors Academy and Leeds Rhinos Academy and go into the ... Read More »

Australian Schoolboys start tour with a win


The Australian Schoolboys kicked off their tour of England and France with a comprehensive victory over the England Combined Regional Academies at Derwent Park, Workington on Wednesday evening. Sydney Roosters centre Latrell Mitchell picked up a hat-trick of tries to add to a brace of tries each from Brock Lamb (Newcastle Knights) and Tevita Cottrell (South Sydney Rabbitohs). Nine other Australian ... Read More »

England Regional Academy team named

England Combined Regional Academy have named an 18-man squad for the opening match of the Australian Schoolboys’ tour at Derwent Park, Workington on Wednesday November 26 (6.30pm). The England squad is drawn from players involved with the RFL’s three regional Academies in Cumbria, the North East and the Midlands, many of whom have already secured contracts with First Utility Super ... Read More »

England Academy squad named

Elliot Minchella

England have named a 20-man squad to face the Australian Schoolboys in a two-game Autumn Academy International Series at Leigh Sports Village in December. Eight Super League clubs are represented in the squad, which features four players from Wigan Warriors, four from Leeds Rhinos, three from Hull FC, three from Warrington Wolves, three from Huddersfield and one apiece from London ... Read More »

Saints sign seven scholarship starlets


St Helens have secured the services of seven young players, six of which hail from the Club’s ‘Outstanding’ Scholarship programme. Lewis Furlong, Robert Fairclough, Mike Weldon, Josh Eaves, Matthew Costello, Brad Billsborough and Matthew Lees have all put pen to paper on pro terms. Neil Kilshaw, Saints Player Performance Manager, said: “All seven players are a credit to their community ... Read More »

Academy: Rhinos hit out at new rating


The Rugby Football League has issued its annual assessment of the Academies run by Super League clubs and the governing body claims that they are “performing at an all-time high”. However, Leeds Rhinos chief executive Gary Hetherington has questioned the audit after his club, which was rated as a Grade 1 Academy in 2013, saw its rating drop to 3 ... Read More »

Academy in last-minute success

England’s Academy side overcame a determined French outfit at Castleford on Friday evening with tries in the final two minutes from Jack Johnson and Oliver Gildart. All looked lost with France leading 30-24 and England seemingly lacking ideas but two brilliant tries with Johnson finishing down the right and then Gildart racing away on the opposite wing left the French ... Read More »