Sunday, February 1, 2015
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Gareth Walker

Championship Challengers on road to Wembley


The fifth round draw of the Tetley’s Challenge Cup means that there will be at least two Championship clubs left in the last eight of the competition this year. With Leigh Centurions hosting Featherstone Rovers, and Swinton Lions taking on Keighley Cougars, those four clubs now have the very real prospect of a huge Challenge Cup quarter-final in 2014. Three ... Read More »

World exclusive: An interview with RFL chief Nigel Wood

It's thirsty work visiting beautiful islands in the Pacific

It is a time of significant change in Rugby League in this country, and nobody is under more scrutiny than RFL chief executive Nigel Wood. After an eventful start to the year, Rugby League World asks the questions that matter in an exclusive interview, and offers Wood the chance to respond to public criticism from certain quarters. RLW: After a ... Read More »

Leigh Centurions land Jake Emmitt coup

Leigh Centurions coach Paul Rowley admits he wasn’t looking for another forward, but he could not turn down the chance to sign Salford’s Jake Emmitt last week. Emmitt became the fifth Super League player to join the Centurions for 2014, following the captures of Oliver Wilkes, Tom Spencer, Alex Brown and Liam Kay. Wilkes and Spencer had already been joined ... Read More »

My hopes for the 2014 Championship season


Gareth Walker chooses his key hopes for the Championship in 2014… It is that time when thoughts turn to fresh starts and wishes for the New Year. It’s also a crucial period for the entire professional game in this country – and not least in the Championship, which faces the prospect of being split almost in two by the proposed ... Read More »

Justified anger in the Championships

First published in League Express, Monday 14th Oct 2013 The Championship clubs waded into the restructuring debate with both feet last week. And who can blame them? Halifax Chairman Michael Steele, his Dewsbury counterpart Mark Sawyer and Doncaster owner Carl Hall were among those to public criticise the cancellation of the RFL’s EGM meeting, which had been scheduled for last ... Read More »

Playing our part

First published in Rugby League World, Issue 391 (Nov 2013) When Kevin Sinfield leads England out at Millennium Stadium on October 26, he will launch what we all hope will be five weeks of Rugby League excellence that takes the sport to a new level in this country. That is the potential that the 2013 World Cup holds – and ... Read More »

Championships leading lights

First published in League Express, Monday 30th Sept 2013 Mitchell Stringer and Jono Smith claimed the two main awards, as the leading lights in the Championships were rewarded for their 2013 efforts last week. They were handed the accolades after topping their respective cumulative tables in the weekly Premier Sports awards that have run all year. It’s hard to argue ... Read More »

Talbot ends Hornets wait

First published in League Express, Mon 23rd Sept 2013 The last time Rochdale Hornets made a final, the Charlatans topped the UK charts, a pint of beer cost £1.40 and only Wigan won Challenge Cups. This Sunday, the club will end a 22-year wait to appear in a final – the longest of any in the professional game. Back in ... Read More »

Championship champions

First published in League Express, Monday 16th Sept 2013 No matter who is selected and who is left out, the end of season awards will always create controversy and talking points in any competition. This year is unlikely to be any different, after the Kingstone Press Championship awards nominees were unveiled by the RFL last week. Before going into the ... Read More »

Time to listen

First published in Rugby League World, Issue 390 (Oct 2013) “The fact that a staggering 97 per cent of those polled felt that the game in this country is not adequately marketed has to resonate somewhere.” It’s long been a bone of contention for Super League players – that they simply aren’t listened to by the powers-that-be. Hopefully that will ... Read More »