Barba shines as Saints put down a play-off marker

St Helens put down a marker for the forthcoming Super League semi-final play-offs with a decisive 14-34 victory over their neighbours Warrington Wolves at the Halliwell Jones Stadium today. The two teams will face each other again in a fortnight’s time at the Totally Wicked Stadium and St Helens will go into that match as strong favourites after this dominant…

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Broncos shock Red Devils to keep promotion hopes alive

London Broncos gave themselves a great boost today at the Trailfinders ground with a stunning 11-8 over Qualifiers pacemakers Salford Red Devils to put themselves firmly in line for a possible place in the Million Pound Game, possibly against the Toronto Wolfpack. It was the Broncos’ second victory in the Qualifiers, while the Red Devils, who were again without the…

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Lenagan hails EGM decision

Wigan Warriors Chairman, Ian Lenagan has hailed the decision to move forward with a new fixture proposal for Super League and Rugby League more generally from the 2019 season. Super League will continue as a twelve-team league, but will revert to a normal ‘one-up, one-down’ promotion & relegation system. The `Season + Super 8s’ format will abolished and replaced by…

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Rovers Chairman unhappy with EGM vote

Featherstone Rovers Chairman Mark Campbell has expressed his extreme disappointment with the outcome of today’s Rugby Football League EGM after 68 per cent of the votes in a secret ballot supported a move away from the current Super8s structure. Campbell said: “I’m baffled that nine Championship and League 1 clubs appear to have turned back on how they said they would vote.…

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The league structure dilemma – a new approach

With the impasse between Super League clubs and their colleagues in the Championship, League Express editor MARTYN SADLER an alternative structure that could drive the game forward. This article is an updated version of an article that first appeared in the League Express issue of 20 August. Introduction Most Super League clubs want a new fixture structure for the 2019…

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Players union working with RFL on recognition agreement to give players a voice

Professional players in this country will soon have a voice in the sport’s biggest issues. That’s the hope of Garreth Carvell, head of the players’ union in Britain which has seen numbers skyrocket since its inauguration late last year. Carvell and the union have been in talks with the RFL for several months – and while those talks will reach…

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Red Devils hold off Wolfpack challenge

Salford Red Devils held off a strong second-half challenge from Toronto Wolfpack today, winning 26-16 after having held a 20-0 lead at half-time, to virtually assure themselves of Super League rugby next season, while the Wolfpack now look likely to be heading for the Million Pound Game. In the first half the Red Devils had looked far too strong for…

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