THE BIG INTERVIEW: Ian Smith on State of Mind and the struggles of refereeing

These days, rugby league has every right to be proud of its support and enhancement of the game’s handling of player welfare. In such a macho, tough sport, barriers have been increasingly broke down in recent years to encourage players who are struggling with their mental health to speak out – as evidenced superbly by this weekend’s dedicated State of…

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Featherstone chairman Mark Campbell slams plans for ‘radical change’

Featherstone chairman Mark Campbell has become the latest club executive to air his views on Tuesday’s controversial Super League press conference – slamming the proposals from some chief executives for ‘radical change’ amidst the scrapping of the Super 8s system. Campbell issued a lengthy statement in which he slammed Wigan chairman Ian Lenagan, new chief executive Robert Elstone and other…

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RFL insist discussions still ongoing about league structure amidst Super 8s talk

RFL supremos Ralph Rimmer and Brian Barwick have issued a statement insisting discussions are still ongoing about the make-up of a potential league restructure for 2019. In a statement issued on Wednesday – 24 hours after Super League chief executive Robert Elstone, among others, said the Super 8s would not return next year, the RFL stressed that no binding decisions…

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COLUMN: Robert Elstone and RL’s biggest challenge? Find a structure, and stick to it

Before the shots were fired and threats of war were issued yesterday, it’s probably important to point out that Robert Elstone made some fairly salient points on his first exposure to the sport’s media. With Super League having kept its head under the parapet for over six months, it was refreshing – if nothing else – to hear the competition’s…

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Elstone hopeful Super League can convince Leeds to back new era

New Super League chief executive Robert Elstone has reiterated his belief that the supposed standalone dissenting voice in Super League – reigning champions Leeds – can back the sea change planned by the competition’s hierarchy moving forward. In a seismic day for the sport which resulted in apparent confirmation of the league structure changing as well as a host of…

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For Your Info: What we know on Super 8s and more after seismic Robert Elstone unveiling

Tuesday was a hugely dramatic day for British rugby league. What initially promised to be a routine unveiling of Robert Elstone as the chief executive of Super League led to dramatic revelations about the Super 8s reportedly being scrapped, and many more intricate details concerning a period in which Super League supremos have opted to keep their silence until now.…

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Sunday Rugby League results

BETFRED CHAMPIONSHIP Barrow Raiders 20 Rochdale Hornets 6 Dewsbury Rams 18 Featherstone Rovers 42 Leigh Centurions 36 Halifax 30 Sheffield Eagles 18 Swinton Lions 29 BETFRED LEAGUE 1 Coventry Bears 0 Oldham 60 Doncaster 29 Keighley Cougars 20 Newcastle Thunder 30 Whitehaven 22 York City Knights 40 Workington Town 8 NRL TELSTRA PREMIERSHIP Cronulla Sharks 24 Wests Tigers 16 Melbourne…

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Saturday’s Rugby League Results

BETFRED SUPER LEAGUE Catalans Dragons 32 Widnes Vikings 12 BETFRED CHAMPIONSHIP Toulouse Olympique 42 Batley Bulldogs 26 Toronto Wolfpack 32 London Broncos 12 BETFRED LEAGUE 1 Bradford Bulls 50 North Wales Crusaders 12 London Skolars 30 Hunslet 37 West Wales Raiders 12 Hemel Stags 48 NRL TELSTRA PREMIERSHIP Manly Warringah Sea Eagles 14 New Zealand Warriors 34 Newcastle Knights 16…

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Giants earn vital victory at Headingley

Huddersfield Giants consolidated their position in the top eight with a vital 18-25 victory against Leeds Rhinos at Headingley tonight. Leeds welcomed back Liam Sutcliffe after injury, but Carl Ablett (calf) and Jimmy Keinhorst (hamstring) were both sidelined after picking up injuries in the Challenge Cup win over Leigh. The Giants were without Jake Mamo (knee), while Danny Brough was starting…

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