OPINION: Rugby league needs stronger governance than ever before.. good luck Ralph

So, the decision has, finally, been made. After months of waiting, the verdict is … erm … the guy who was keeping the chair warm is actually the right man to fill it permanently. No matter what you think of Ralph Rimmer’s appointment as permanent chief executive of the RFL, the fact is that he’s got the gig. Ask people…

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COLUMN: Is rugby league in increasing danger of missing the boat with New York RL?

In rugby league terms, seven or eight months ago feels like a lifetime away right now. Back then, Danny McGuire was saying his farewells to Leeds, England were preparing for a World Cup campaign which would ultimately take them to the final, and the sport was in a state of confusion about its long-term structure and leadership direction – so…

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OPINION: League 1 is stronger than it’s ever been: de-regulating it would be a disaster

At first, the sentence ‘de-regulation of League 1 on the cards’ may have passed a few people by. When the story first appeared in League Express several weeks ago, I wouldn’t be surprised if a few people were quickly trying to find out what on Earth de-regulation was. Of course, now most people are aware of what the proposed plans…

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COLUMN: Does British rugby league have an inferiority complex doing more harm than good?

Of the many phrases I hear coaches and players say on a regular basis, one that sits somewhere near the top would be ‘ only worry about what you control’. It’s a sound phrase, with credible reasoning behind it that applies to life in general, not just rugby league or sport. It’s pointless getting upset about things which you can’t…

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A fitting tribute to the Tigers’ 2017 season

Martyn Sadler, the editor of League Express, has written the foreword to ‘Cas Tigers: the Breakthrough Year’, which has been newly published by League Publications Limited. With the book now in the shops, here is what he has to say about the new book. Castleford Tigers created history in 2017, finishing at the top of the league for the first…

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A great World Cup deserves better planning

MARTYN SADLER, the editor of League Express, criticises the faulty planning behind the allocation of fixtures for the World Cup. This weekend we are at the quarter-final stage of the 2017 Rugby League World Cup and the tournament is hotting up. Earlier today the Aussies looked tremendous in beating Samoa 46-0, while tomorrow (Saturday) we will see two matches in…

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Six games to watch out for in the World Cup

MARTYN SADLER, the editor of League Express, picks out the six World Cup pool games he’s most looking forward to watching. The World Cup is now just one day away and for the next six weeks Rugby League supporters can enjoy the luxury of seeing the best players in the world competing against each other for the 14 nations that…

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