Saturday, January 31, 2015
Rugby League News


Freddy Fittler in fantasy league

Malcolm Andrews reacts to a story that Brad ‘Freddy’ Fittler will come out of retirement to play for Sydney Roosters in next month’s NRL Nines in Auckland… A happy New Year to all our devoted readers, although from reports filtering in from Old Blighty it has been a grim opening to 2014 – and I am not talking about your ... Read More »

Readers’ poll: The best players, coaches and teams of 2013

Wigan won team of the year. ©RLphotos

SUPER LEAGUE Player of the year Danny Brough 52.5% Sam Tomkins 19% Jamie Peacock 15% Stefan Ratchford 7.5% Danny Kirmond 6% Young Player of the year Liam Sutcliffe 22% Adam Swift 21% Ben Currie 21% Jamie Shaul 20% Theo Fages 16% Mature Player of the year Jamie Peacock 50.5% Mickey Higham 31.5% Francis Meli 8% Jon Clarke 5% Ali Lauititi ... Read More »

Back to an international drought


Last year’s brilliant World Cup left everybody with a hunger for more, much more, international Rugby League. Aligned with the several million pounds of profit generated by the tournament, a more solid international programme was forecast and the establishment of a permanent staff for the Rugby League International Federation. In the last few weeks very little has happened apart from ... Read More »

Rugby League news: England set for NZ double

Sonny Bill Williams. ©RLphotos

England are expected to kick off their autumn Four Nations campaign against Fiji or Samoa in an Auckland double header in late October. Talks are currently taking place over the schedule of this year’s tournament in the southern hemisphere, and Steve McNamara’s side is set to play two games in New Zealand. Under the plans England will face either Fiji ... Read More »

The stories that made Rugby League headlines in 2013


Paul Sculthorpe is awarded an MBE in the New Year’s Honours List. Leeds and England captain Kevin Sinfield wins the League Express Readers’ Poll as the Player of the Year for 2012. The arrival of Marwan Koukash in January as the new owner and saviour of Salford City Reds. The RFL launched its new ‘Extraordinary Rugby’ marketing campaign in January. ... Read More »

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 »