Saturday, November 29, 2014
Rugby League News


Jamaican Intercollegiate Rugby League Championship off to a flyer


The 2014 Jamaican Intercollegiate Rugby League Championship got off to a flying start. With six institutions vying for glory, defending champions Mico University College defeated University of Technology 40-8 with Fabion Turner running in a hat trick of tries. Last season’s runners up GC Foster College triumphed 40-18 against Portmore Community College, with prop Patrick Alexander scoring two tries on ... Read More »

Could Ukraine become the next Rugby League superpower?


The Ukrainian Rugby League Federation (UFRL) has struck an agreement with authorities to include specific Rugby League content in the state’s 45 sports schools. The move follows Rugby League’s official recognition by the government in 2012 and has been described as a ‘major victory’ by the UFRL. Artur Martyrosyan, UFRL president, said: “For rugby league in the Ukraine this is ... Read More »

Kiwis officially advertise Head Coach position


New Zealand Rugby League have formally advertised the position of Head Coach, which was previously held by Stephen Kearney, whose contract expired after the World Cup last year. The incumbent, who guided the Kiwis to 2008 World Cup glory, will re-apply for the position. Anyone else wishing to do so has until January 31. “We have a big year in ... Read More »

View from the Strand: Murphy’s Law at Henson Park


The start of the New Year in the Antipodes has been as predictable as ever. Enter Mr Glenn ‘Bumper’ Dwyer, the indefatigable publicity and marketing man for Newtown Jets (formerly the Bluebags). Now, Bumper is no man’s fool. He understands the working of newspapers in the so-called silly season, where Rugby League stories are at a premium. So each and ... Read More »

Thurston takes Golden Boot

Johnathan Thurston

Johnathan Thurston has become only the third man to win Rugby League World’s coveted Gold Boot on two occasions. The Australia and North Queensland Cowboys stand-off edged out England forward Sam Burgess to follow up his success in 2011. Thurston caught the attention of the 13-man voting panel with his man-of-the-match performance in the World Cup final win over New ... Read More »

Douglas delight as record looms

Scotland Player of the Year Luke Douglas is hoping to be able to carry play again for the Bravehearts at the end of the 2014 and 2015 seasons. Douglas, as was reported in last week’s League Express, was chosen as the Scottish Player of the Year by the team’s coaching staff, and he has confirmed to League Express that he ... Read More »

Brough and Cudjoe hit the ground running

Huddersfield Giants skipper Danny Brough and centre Leroy Cudjoe have made a quick start to pre-season, after joining back up with the rest of the squad last week. Both players played major roles in the World Cup, for Scotland and England respectively. Brough was instrumental in leading the Bravehearts to the quarter-final with New Zealand, whilst Cudjoe played in every ... Read More »

Menzies wants spot in Auckland Nines


Just four months since retiring, after a final stint with Catalan Dragons, Steve Menzies has become the latest veteran who wants to play in the Auckland Nines. Former Australian Test captain Brad Fittler led the charge – announcing he was going to sign with the Sydney Roosters on a $1 contract so he could have one last hurrah in the ... Read More »

Rugby League given Irish recognition

Damien Blanch, playing in the RLWC2013 for Ireland. ©RLPhotos

Rugby League Ireland (RLI) has been recognised as a National Governing Body by the Irish Sports Council. The recognition allows the RLI to be able to apply for funding and to further develop the sport throughout Ireland. They are now also free to engage with the National Sports Campus Development Authority, the Federation of Irish Sports, local sports partnerships, and ... Read More »

Richie Blackmore wants Kiwis job

Richie Blackmore in his playing days. ©RLPhotos

Former Castleford Tigers and Leeds Rhinos centre Richie Blackmore is the latest big name to seek the role as the Kiwis’ next Test coach. The job became vacant after New Zealand’s big loss to Australia in the final of the recent World Cup. Current coach Stephen Kearney wants to continue in the job. And David Kidwell, the former Warrington Wolves ... Read More »