THE BIG INTERVIEW: John Bastian on rebuilding Bradford’s famed Academy production line

The sun is shining at Odsal, and John Bastian is smiling. The scene could not feel more different to the one that engulfed everyone associated with the former Super League champions just 18 months ago. When the Bulls were eventually placed into liquidation, forced to reform and start all over again, few will have felt it harder than Bastian. Three…

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Pryce urges Workington to rally together following difficult week ahead of Donny clash

Workington Town coach Leon Pryce has called on everyone associated with the club to pull together, as they prepare to end a difficult seven days with a huge League 1 clash with Doncaster this weekend. Approaching the halfway point in Pryce’s inaugural season as a coach, Town are handily placed just outside the League 1 play-off places – a position…

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New Whitehaven owners promise brighter future – and cheaper tickets – for club

The man leading the consortium taking control of cash-strapped League 1 side Whitehaven insists they can become a stable Championship side within three years under the new ownership – and says if there is a big turn-up for Sunday’s game with Bradford, they will introduce permanently-reduced ticket prices. Wigan-born businessman Stuart Harvey signed a letter of intent last week confirming…

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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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COLUMN: While the game dawdles over its future, the lower leagues are crumbling

The popular phrase is that while Nero fiddled, Rome burned (or something like that) – and while that isn’t completely and utterly true of British rugby league in 2018, it does ring true to some extent. It would not be an over-exaggeration to say that at present, the sport in this country finds itself at a fascinating, and slightly drawn-out,…

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League Express coach of the month: May nominations announced!

Welcome to the nominations for the inaugural League Express Coach of the Month award! Each month, we’ll be nominating four coaches from across the professional game, with an attempt made to pick at least one candidate from each of the sport’s three professional leagues. Then, we’ll throw the voting out to you for 24 hours on Twitter (you can follow…

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Power Rankings: TotalRL’s in-form rankings for w/e May 13

1 St Helens (+1) The Super League leaders are back on top of our rankings – having moved ahead of long-time leaders Toronto after a fantastic Challenge Cup victory over Castleford to move into the quarter-finals. 2. Warrington (+2) It’s now TEN successive victories for Steve Price’s Warrington: who are undoubtedly the form side in the country at present. They…

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Presenting a united front

GARETH WALKER, the Championship correspondent of League Express, sees the Championship and League 1 clubs presenting a united front to their Super League colleagues. SUPPORTERS of any Championship or League One team should have been heartened by Bradford Chairman Andrew Chalmers’ newspaper column on the recent meeting of all professional clubs. Many of the gathered Council members went expecting to…

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