Jason Payne becomes first coaching departure of 2019 after leaving Newcastle job

Jason Payne has become the first coach to depart his club this season after League 1 side Newcastle announced they were releasing him from his position. Thunder have started the season with back-to-back defeats to Doncaster and Coventry, and Thunder say that Payne will now take a three-month break from all duties, with his future involvement to be discussed thereafter.…

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COMMENT: Has the time come for league to decide whether it can sustain so many clubs?

There have been no shortage of serious questions and debates for rugby league to have with itself in recent years, let alone the rollercoaster 124-year history of the sport. However, as news of financial problems at another club materialises, you wonder if the most important and unavoidable discussion to preserve the sport’s long-term future is now staring us straight in…

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RFL consultant slams opportunity missed in Manchester by RFL decision

A former consultant to the RFL has criticised the governing body for its decision not to offer a place in League 1, to the fledgling Manchester Rangers club, a proposal recently knocked back by the RFL (as reported by League Express in the 11th February edition). While making a plea for more effective leadership from the governing body, Ken Jones…

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Keighley reveal impressive cut-price admission prices for 2019

Keighley Cougars have revealed what are believed to be the cheapest admission prices to watch professional rugby league in England. The Cougars, who have endured a tumultuous off-season and are starting the new League 1 campaign on -12 points due to a change of ownership, will charge adults only £10 to enter Cougar Park this season for home games. It…

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Toulouse and Doncaster get off the mark

In the Championship Toulouse Olympique went behind early on to Rochdale Hornets at the Stade Ernest Argeles, when Brandon Wood touched down for a converted try. But their lead didn’t last long and Toulouse struck back to score eight tries in total at regular intervals during the game to finally get off the mark in the Championship after they suffered…

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League of their own

GARETH WALKER of League Express looks ahead to the new Betfred League 1 season. WITH Super League and the Championship having already got their seasons underway, this weekend is the turn of Betfred League One. Eleven clubs will be vying for two promotion spots and looking at the squads that have been assembled, it seems certain to be a fascinating…

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Payne confident new-look Newcastle can handle favourites tag in League 1 this season

Few – if any – clubs have endured a rollercoaster decade quite like Newcastle Thunder. From the highs of promotion out of League 1 in 2008, to the financial crisis which engulfed the Thunder (then, of course, known as Gateshead) a year or so later, to the long, arduous task of rebuilding the club in the third-tier: which included an…

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PODCAST: The Total Rugby League Show – Episode 2

The Total Rugby League Show returns this week with a look back at all the results from a superb opening weekend of the Super League season. On this week’s show, Ben Hughes is joined by League Express Editor Martyn Sadler, Rugby League Journalist Doug Thomson, and by Rugby League World Editor Matthew Shaw. Plus we talk the London Broncos with…

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Keighley Cougars unveil new logo

Keighley Cougars have unveiled a new logo ahead of the new League 1 campaign, after their recent take-over from from former owners Mike Smith and Mick O’Neill. The duo were the driving force behind the club’s Cougarmania days during the early nineties. They fronted a consortium that were success in taking control of the Cougars once more, after a turbulent…

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