Thursday, November 27, 2014
Rugby League News

Gareth Walker

Rugby League’s Expanding Horizons

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GARETH WALKER of League Express pays tribute to the clubs in Kingstone Press Championship One from outside the so-called heartlands. In what is understood to be a first in Rugby League history, last weekend saw clubs from expansion areas win every single game in a professional competition, Kingstone Press Championship One. South Wales Scorpions set the ball rolling by recording ... Read More »

Bobbie’s back!

Bobbie Goulding

GARETH WALKER, the Championship correspondent of League Express, hails Bobbie Goulding’s appearance in the Championship for Barrow last Sunday. THERE was little doubt about the story with the most sporting romance last weekend. Barrow Raiders coach Bobbie Goulding stepped back onto a rugby league field for the first time in nine years and inspired his side to a 38-18 win ... Read More »

Newcomers give cause for optimism

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Gareth Walker looks at the progress being made by the three clubs that joined Championship One for the first time last season. Now that Kingstone Press Championship One’s future is almost set, with Coventry Bears poised to join a 14-team competition next season, it’s is a good time to reflect on the progress of the division’s three fledgling clubs. Hemel Stags, ... Read More »

Opinion: Origin must change to let internationals thrive

Anthony-Milford

This article originally appeared in issue 398 of Rugby League World magazine. Issue 399 is currently in production and will be on sale from June 6. Click here to find out more about the magazine and to browse back issues click this link… Undoubtedly the most frustrating Rugby League story over the last month was the news that Samoan fullback ... Read More »

Championship One: What’s the plan for next year?

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This article originally appeared in issue 398 of Rugby League World magazine. Issue 399 is currently in production and will be on sale from June 6. Click here to find out more about the magazine and to browse back issues click this link… Rugby League World can reveal the latest plans for next season’s Championship One, which could see the ... Read More »

Six of the best: Great Britain three-quarters

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This article originally appeared in issue 398 of Rugby League World magazine. Issue 399 is currently in production and will be on sale from June 6. Click here to find out more about the magazine and to browse back issues click this link… HAROLD WAGSTAFF (1906-1925) After making his first team debut at just 15 years old, Wagstaff became known ... Read More »

Interview: Daryl Powell on the Cas success story

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Rugby League World magazine finds out how Daryl Powell has transformed the fortunes of Castleford Tigers in less than a year at the helm… Daryl Powell knew that he had to fundamentally change the culture of Castleford Tigers soon after arriving at the club last season, both on and off the field. One brief moment during the winter summed up ... Read More »

Phil Joseph: “My diet was disgusting – I lived off KFC”

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In 2011, Rugby League World interviewed Phil Joseph in his Huddersfield bar. The transformation since has been remarkable… You’d have been hard pushed to picture Phil Joseph scattering Super League defenders if you rewound three years. Almost 20 stones, the now Widnes Vikings wrecking ball was working all hours behind his own bar in Huddersfield, carrying out the roles of ... Read More »

It’s great to see Jamie Rooney back in the game

Jamie-Rooney

Gareth Walker, the Championship correspondent of Rugby League Express, writes about the return of Jamie Rooney to semi-professional Rugby League… It’s great to see Jamie Rooney back in the professional game after being coaxed out of retirement by Gateshead Thunder. Rooney has been a key figure at this level of the sport, either side of a richly deserved stint in ... Read More »

Opinion: It is time for Championship recognition

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Is it time to re-introduce representative rugby for the Kingstone Press Championships? Leading coaches John Kear, Paul Rowley and Mark Aston thought so in an excellent recent edition of Super League TV’s On Report programme. The notion of representative Rugby League being re-introduced in the Championship is not a new one. Both Rowley and then Featherstone coach Daryl Powell have ... Read More »