Saturday, September 20, 2014
Rugby League News

Garry Schofield

Bring back the County Cup!

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Former Great Britain star Garry Schofield on a disappointing visit to Headingley… I went to the Leeds-Wakefield game on Boxing Day, but no amount of positivity could convince anyone who went that it was even a half-decent game. With such a high admission fee, fans just aren’t getting value for money at pre-season games any more. 
 I wrote last ... Read More »

Readers’ poll: GB legend makes his picks

Danny Brough won both player and stand-off of the year. ©RLphotos

Last week, League Express published their readers’ poll competition. Here are my choices. Super League Player of the Year: There’s only one choice here, and it has to be Danny Brough who led Huddersfield to the League Leaders’ Shield. Individually he was absolutely superb in all departments and he chipped in with important tries, which is something he doesn’t get ... Read More »

The decision to keep McNamara on baffles me

The news that Steve McNamara will continue to coach England despite taking up a new position with the Sydney Roosters surprised more than a few of you, I’d imagine. For me, it’s one of the strangest decisions I’ve seen taken in Rugby League in a long time. I think it’s fair to say that opinions about Steve have been pretty ... Read More »

Why we should heed Andrew Johns’ advice

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Now that the World Cup is over, it’s important that the game focuses not just on what went right, but also on what can be improved. In fairness, so much about the World Cup was absolutely fantastic, so it would be easy to suggest that perhaps we should all wallow in some self-congratulation for a while. It is long overdue ... Read More »

Bowing out with glory

Heartbreaking. There’s no other word that can describe England’s late defeat to New Zealand on Saturday afternoon at Wembley. A World Cup campaign which looked like it was never going to get going came gloriously to life as we had the World Champions on the ropes for most of an amazing semi-final, only for it to come unstuck right at ... Read More »

It’s do or die for England

It’s not easy writing a column sometimes – especially when every England performance so far in this World Cup has been the same! In all of the games so far, we’ve seen 20 minutes of decent stuff with not much else to write home about. And that’s obviously a big worry when we play the World Champions New Zealand next. ... Read More »

Never to be forgotten

When news filtered through on Saturday that Steve Prescott’s incredible battle against terminal cancer had finally come to an end, I and a number of former players who had assembled at Hull to watch England’s World Cup match with Fiji were so sad. It might not have been entirely unexpected, but watching him fight on for seven years was absolutely ... Read More »

Workington did the World Cup proud

What a week! This World Cup really came of age last week with great performances from teams like Fiji, Scotland, Tonga, the USA and the Cook Islands. Friday’s and Saturday’s games were predictably one-sided, but we all know that the big three – Australia, New Zealand and England – are going to thrash the other nations, although huge credit to ... Read More »

Plenty for England to build on

England’s performance against Australia was better than I expected, and there are many positives that can be drawn from the game. But I feel that Saturday’s result will still go down as a missed opportunity. Instead of getting the easier side of the draw and a semi-final against the fourth-ranked nation in the competition, England’s defeat to the Kangaroos mean ... Read More »

Tales of the unexpected

I couldn’t believe it when I got the text saying that England had lost to Italy! Due to a prior engagement I couldn’t get to the game at Salford, but I intended to record it and watch it later. So I was naturally disappointed to find out that it wasn’t televised. That it wasn’t on any channel is a poor ... Read More »