Tuesday, October 21, 2014
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Garry Schofield

Eight players to watch in Super League 2014

Liam Sutcliffe. ©RLPhotos

I have chosen eight players who I think will make a name for themselves in Super League this season.
 I’m confident that some of them will emerge among Super League’s best players, but there are also a couple of young players who I really hope will get a chance at their clubs in 2014. Matty Russell (Warrington) Warrington’s new fullback ... Read More »

Super League 2014: My favourites for relegation

Oliver Roberts (far left) ©JoeWhitley

With a few weeks to go until the start of the season, I think it’s time to look ahead at how things might unfold. Over the next two of my columns, I’ll be predicting how the league table will look at the end of 2014. I’m sure I’ll be getting plenty of grief on Twitter as a result of this ... Read More »

Why Andrew Johns phoned me over Christmas


Garry Schofield reveals why he was recently telephoned by Aussie legend Andrew Johns… I had a nice surprise over the holiday period when Andrew Johns phoned me from Australia. As I’m sure most of our readers are aware, Johns works as a freelance specialist halfback coach, working with a number of NRL clubs. All our readers will know that he’s ... Read More »

Garry Schofield: My 10 wishes for 2014


Happy New Year to all our readers! In order to celebrate the start of 2014, here are my wishes for the year. 1 I’d love to see Wigan go down under in February and win the World Club Challenge, as they did so superbly in 1994. On that occasion they were too good for an outstanding Brisbane Broncos side, but ... Read More »

You don’t always get what you wish for


Garry Schofield looks at how his wishes for 2013 turned out in practice… A year ago in my column I laid out my ten wishes for 2013, and I have to confess that I thought I was being pretty optimistic with what I was hoping for. My first wish was the World Cup was a tremendous success, and nobody can ... Read More »

Bring back the County Cup!


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


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 »