Wolfpack make amends

GARETH WALKER, the Championship correspondent of League Express, looks at how the Toronto Wolfpack, who play Leigh Centurions today in the Summer Bash, restored their reputation last week at the Magic Weekend. IT’S fair to say there were even more eyes than usual on Toronto Wolfpack in Newcastle last weekend. The Canadian club was the centre of unwanted attention when…

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Newcastle point the way for West Wales Raiders

GARETH WALKER, the Championship correspondent of League Express, believes that West Wales Raiders should take comfort from the way Newcastle Thunder responded to a some heavy beatings a few years ago. ONE scoreline dominated discussion across all three divisions last weekend. York’s record 144-0 annihilation of West Wales Raiders might have been the latest marker in the Knights’ impressive progress,…

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A Knights Tale

GARETH WALKER of League Express pays tribute to York City Knights after their recent Challenge Cup heroics IF anybody doubted the potential and vibrancy that exists in Betfred League One, they should have attended Sunday’s Challenge Cup clash between York and Catalans. The 3,081 present for an all-pay match with virtually no away support would shame a few Super League…

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A League of its own – third tier thrills

GARETH WALKER, the Championship correspondent of League Express, acknowledges a great competition outside Super League and the Championship. FIVE rounds into the new Betfred League One season and the competition is shaping up to be one of the best the third tier has ever seen. Just five matches in there is already no undefeated side, and just two points separate…

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Shining beacons

GARETH WALKER of League Express salutes the Betfred Championship and League 1 competitions WHAT an outstanding weekend it was last week for Rugby League outside the top flight! From Barrow Raiders’ stirring win over Championship title favourites Leigh, to 4,221 watching a thrilling League One clash between York and Bradford, there was much to admire in the two competitions. Barrow’s…

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Cumbria’s promotion showdown

GARETH WALKER of League Express looks ahead to this weekend’s crucial games in the Championship and League One A SEASON’S work goes on the line for the remaining clubs outside Super League this weekend, with the Championship Shield final and League One promotion play-off. Toulouse Olympique host Sheffield Eagles in the former, with the latter seeing Barrow Raiders entertain Whitehaven…

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Robins take flight

GARETH WALKER, the Championship correspondent of League Express pays tribute to the achievements of Hull Kingston Rovers in 2017   IF a blueprint on how to approach relegation was to be written, Hull KR’s approach to the 2017 campaign would be a perfect template. Much has been said and written about the “disaster” of relegation during the summer era, although for…

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All to play for

GARETH WALKER, the Championship correspondent of League Express, looks at the progress of the Championship clubs in the Qualifiers.   THE Qualifiers are now firmly underway, and the four Championship clubs involved are playing their full part in the action so far. Hull Kingston Rovers shook the competition up last weekend with their gritty 20-16 win at Super League Leigh.…

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Cougars dispel reserves myth

Gareth Walker, the Championship correspondent of League Express, speaks to Keighley Cougars Chairman Gary Fawcett about reserve-team rugby   Whether or not clubs should have to run reserve teams remains a hot topic for some in Rugby League. And despite claims of the cost being prohibitive, Keighley chairman Gary Fawcett said they can be run for virtually nothing, and should…

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Knights leading the way

League Express Championship correspondent GARETH WALKER pays tribute to York City Knights for their promotion of today’s home clash against Toronto Wolfpack York City Knights deserve considerable credit for the way in which they have promoted this weekend’s clash with Toronto Wolfpack. The Knights have been getting high profile rugby league stars such as Jamie Peacock, Paul Sculthorpe and Barrie…

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