Sunday, November 23, 2014
Rugby League News


Not so Stella Christmas presents

Scroll down to see what Christmas present Malcolm thinks SBW should be handing out this year.

Malcolm Andrews gives his compliments of the season. Apologies to everyone if I sound a bit like the Grinch. But it is that time of year again … the time when everyone descends on the main shopping centres at the same time to make my life a misery. It becomes virtually impossible to find a parking spot when you are ... Read More »

French Rugby League: Toulouse surrender to Catalans

Cyril Moliner, in action for Toulouse. ©RLphotos

French Rugby League roundup: Toulouse continue to frustrate their supporters as they let slip a 20-10 half-time lead to go down 38-26 at home to St Estève-XIII Catalan. After losing last week at bottom club Avignon, Toulouse appeared to be making amends by taking control of a testing game against the Catalans, who, it must be said, included a number ... Read More »

NRL chief Dave Smith wants to see international expansion

Dave Smith. ©ActionPhotographics

Martyn Sadler talks to NRL Chief Executive Dave Smith about the World Cup and the future of international Rugby League. MS: You came to England for the later stages of the World Cup. What were your impressions? DS: “The World Cup has put Rugby League on the map again. Through the structure of the competition we’ve seen some of the ... Read More »

Could England RL play Australia RU?


The RFL is denying a story that broke out in a Sydney newspaper on Sunday suggesting that England or Great Britain would take on Australian rugby union’s Wallabies in a hybrid code game at Wembley Stadium on 6 December next year. According to a report in the Sydney Sunday Telegraph, the two teams have provisionally agreed to the game and ... Read More »

Thierry Alibert steps down from Super League role


French official Thierry Alibert has stepped down from his role as a Super League referee. The 42-year-old, who has refereed in three World Cups, has been appointed as Head of Match Officials with the French Rugby League Federation. “After the World Cup in 2008, the day when my mobile phone rang and Stuart Cummings asked me to come and referee ... Read More »

The ten best games from RLWC2013

England's heroic clash with New Zealand won match of the tournament at the World Cup. ©RLphotos

Looking back at the World Cup as a whole, there have been some truly memorable matches. The Aussies may have given the best performance of the tournament at Old Trafford, but in terms of the quality of the contests I would propose the following ranking. 1. England v New Zealand 2. Scotland v Tonga 3. New Zealand v Samoa 4. ... Read More »

The Australians yet again prove their mettle

Australia lifting the 2013 World Cup. ©RLphotos

“You can’t always get what you want,” sang the Rolling Stones many moons ago. And by and large that is very true. It was certainly true last Saturday, when most of the 75,000 crowd almost certainly wanted a game as close as the England-New Zealand game had been the previous week at Wembley. Instead we had a record World Cup ... Read More »

Can we stop the Australian juggernaut?


Call it killer instinct … call it whatever you like. But on Saturday the Australians showed why they are simply the best in the Greatest Game of All. Leading 34-2 with eight minutes left to play, did they ease up? Not on your Nellie! They tackled their hearts out to prevent the Kiwis from scoring a try. Pride in preventing ... Read More »

Off the field interview: Ryan Hall


In a continuation of a new series, RYAN HALL, of Leeds Rhinos and England, tells JOE WHITLEY about his life off the field, including a shaving superstition and watching Ben Westwood and Sam Burgess wrestle… JW: What is the best meal you’ve ever had? RH: I’m not sure. I like a good rare steak with peppercorn sauce. And sweet potato ... Read More »