All the permutations ahead of a big weekend of Championship action

Sunday is set to be the biggest day in the Championship calendar this year. With just two rounds left, five teams are still fighting it out for the final three places in this year’s Qualifiers, and four of them play each other this weekend. Featherstone and London will lock horns in a battle between third and fourth while Halifax, currently…

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UPFRONT | Who do the Aussies think they are?

There’s a belief that the current problem in the ongoing power struggle at the top of the domestic game is due to too many clubs pulling in different directions. So wasn’t it reassuring when the Australian Rugby League Commission confirmed the same issue applies at international level? The Commission shocked everyone last week when it publicised, through its Chairman Peter…

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How the Super 8s fixtures look on current league standings

Super League St Helens: Home: Wigan, Castleford, Huddersfield, Hull Away: Warrington, Wakefield, Catalans Wigan: Home: Castleford, Warrington, Hull, Wakefield. Away: St Helens, Huddersfield, Catalans Castleford: Home: Warrington, Huddersfield, Wakefield, Catalans. Away: St Helens, Wigan, Hull Warrington: Home: Huddersfield, Hull, Catalans, St Helens. Away: Wigan, Castleford, Wakefield Huddersfield: Home: Hull, Wakefield, Wigan. Away: St Helens, Castleford, Warrington, Catalans Hull: Home: Wakefield,…

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THE BIG INTERVIEW: The inspirational Luke Ambler on the two-year anniversary of Andy’s Man Club

Two years ago this weekend, Luke Ambler took a chance on something which would not only change his life, but save the lives of others. It would take him from Huddersfield to Hampshire. It would take him to prisons up and down the country. It would take him to meeting royalty in Buckingham Palace. It would even convince him to…

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OPINION: Is the fixture scheduling harming Super League’s undoubted appeal?

Friday night’s televised game between St Helens and Wakefield has the makings of a cracker: but it’s just a shame that half the league’s supporters won’t even get the chance to see it live. Robert Elstone won’t thank people for putting more concerns and more issues on his desk while he’s still getting his feet underneath it, but Super League…

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Should Championship clubs have equal shares?

League Express editor MARTYN SADLER considers whether the Championship clubs should bite the bullet and equalise their distribution of Sky funding. The Championship and League 1 clubs are due to meet this Friday in Bradford to determine their strategy in the years ahead in relation to the structure of the leagues and the distribution of funds from the Sky TV…

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COLUMN: Time for rugby to embrace the positivity and ignore the haters to grow the game

It’s difficult to see it sometimes amidst all the in-fighting and what not: but we’ve actually got a pretty fantastic sport on our hands here, you know. Of course it could be promoted and marketed better in certain areas. Could Denver have been done better? Probably – but more on that later. But at times, rugby league seems as if…

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Gary Hetherington Q&A: League Express meets the Leeds chairman

League Express writer Matthew Shaw met with Leeds chairman Gary Hetherington to get his take on the current dispute between clubs. MS: Gary, what is your big gripe with the announcement last week? GH: Ian Lenagan stated what will happen to the League structure next year. That’s an arrogant and irresponsible thing to do and say because, as everybody knows,…

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