A great World Cup deserves better planning

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

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OPINION: The BBC needs to sharpen up its act

OPINION: The BBC needs to sharpen up its act

Richard de la Riviere, the author of ‘100 Days That Shook Rugby League’ (available to buy here), analyses BBC television’s coverage of Friday’s World Cup opener between Australia and England. The BBC may have been heavily criticised for moving its

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Hardaker ban shows nobody is immune to being caught – but players need help

Hardaker ban shows nobody is immune to being caught – but players need help

The overriding emotion to the news concerning Zak Hardaker over the last seven days has been nothing but one of sadness. It’s sadness for a number of reasons. One, I fully believed Hardaker when he said repeatedly that he had

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COLUMN: Rugby league needs long-term security when it comes to the structure

COLUMN: Rugby league needs long-term security when it comes to the structure

Those tasked with making the decisions in rugby league when it comes to the league structure must tread very carefully: because what happens next could shape the sport’s future for decades to come. It’s emerged this week that clubs from

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COLUMN: Abuse of referees from supporters is unacceptable – but is criticism?

COLUMN: Abuse of referees from supporters is unacceptable – but is criticism?

Another week, another referee debate. It’s unfortunate really that referees are thrown into the spotlight so often – I guess the media are perhaps more guilty than most: especially the ones who writes columns about them! But this isn’t a

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COLUMN: What will earlier kick-off times in Super League next season achieve?

COLUMN: What will earlier kick-off times in Super League next season achieve?

Super League will revert to 7:45pm kick-off times next year, stepping away from the conventional 8pm time-slot. It’s something that has been mooted and discussed for quite some time – but it now looks like it’s firmly in place to

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THE BIG DEBATE: Should relegation from League 1 be introduced?

THE BIG DEBATE: Should relegation from League 1 be introduced?

It’s time for our weekly big debate on TotalRL.com – and with the Super 8s getting underway this week, we’re taking a look towards the bottom end of the league structure to get you talking. League 1 has been in

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COLUMN: Central contracts are a good step forward: but should all clubs get access?

COLUMN: Central contracts are a good step forward: but should all clubs get access? Updated

Like most things in rugby league, the issue of the Rugby Football League opting to centrally contract a select group of players is going to massively divide opinion. First of all, I think it’s a huge step forward in regards

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COLUMN: Only the players can halt the increasingly dire fixture backlog

COLUMN: Only the players can halt the increasingly dire fixture backlog

Look, here’s the black and white of it all: we play too many games of rugby league in this country. The debate surrounding player welfare and fixture congestion has – rightly – reared its ugly head again this week after most

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COLUMN: Magic Weekend is great.. but what’s the event’s end game?

COLUMN: Magic Weekend is great.. but what’s the event’s end game?

Over the last 11 years, Magic Weekend has more than merited its place on the domestic rugby league calendar. Having been as both a supporter and then in a working capacity, it is definitely one of the highlights of the

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