Thursday, January 29, 2015
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Is a Nines tournament a realistic aim for 2016?

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One of the most exciting and dramatic competitions in world Rugby League takes place this weekend, with the second edition of the Auckland Nines taking place in New Zealand. The event, which takes place over a solitary weekend, has garnered much media attention in Australia and New Zealand, with clubs certainly doing their fair share of marketing and promotion to ... 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 »

Welcome to a new Challenge Cup sponsor

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The following article is a slightly modified version of the UpFront column in this week’s League Express. In its edition dated 5th January League Express broke the news of a new Challenge Cup sponsor. As has since been made clear, Ladbrokes will back the competition under a contract for the next three years, and we are delighted to welcome the company on board. Some people, ... Read More »

Is Rugby League getting too structured?

Rugby League Express editor MARTYN SADLER asks whether Rugby League is in danger of losing some of its spontaneity. For the first time in the NRL’s history its officials have collated data demonstrating changes in the way the game has been played since 2004, while projecting what the game may look like in 2024 if current trends continue unchecked. Their ... Read More »

Everything you ever wanted to know about Rugby League

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League Publications Ltd has been publishing an annual Yearbook since 1996, and in that time it has evolved to become the definitive guide to the Rugby League year, both in Europe and, to a slightly lesser extent, Australasia. Edited by my colleague Tim Butcher, and designed by Daniel Spencer, who is also the book’s statistician, I can say with some ... Read More »

Garry Schofield: It’s time for McNamara to move on

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Oh dear! Another year goes by, another international failure. Again we played well, again we came close. We were far better competing in the Southern Hemisphere than in 1996, 1999, 2008 and 2010. But in the final analysis we couldn’t score when it really mattered. Yet when the Kiwis and the Aussies need an important try against us, they tend ... Read More »

Opinion: Steve McNamara must go

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It’s time for the RFL to make a tough decision and replace Steve McNamara as England head coach. Missing the 2014 Four Nations final comes on the back of missing out on the World Cup final last year. That’s two third-place finishings in a year. It’s just not good enough. The RFL and Ralph Rimmer can dress it up all ... Read More »

Could the England Knights have played in 2014?

John-Bateman

With the demand and interest growing in international Rugby League, it’s encouraging to see so much action being played out all over the world. The game is still only 12 months on from the most successful World Cup in its history, and there is plenty to be done to keep the development of the international game going. Regular readers of ... Read More »

Comment: Glad to be over the Samoa banana skin

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I always regarded the Samoa game on Saturday as a giant banana skin waiting to cause England serious problems. So I’m grateful for small mercies. The only thing that mattered was that England should win the game. The margin didn’t matter, and, to be fair, the manner of victory didn’t much matter either. The English team was playing just two ... Read More »

Opinion: International Rugby League is not dead

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I don’t know why Rugby League has such a strong culture of self-criticism and introspection. But we saw it again in the week leading up to the opening game of this year’s Four Nations campaign. The main emphasis of the Rugby League media seemed to be the imminent departure from the code of Jarryd Hayne to American Football and Sam ... Read More »