Saturday, January 31, 2015
Rugby League News

Garry Schofield

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 »

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 »

The good, the bad and the indifferent

First published in League Express, Monday 14th Oct 2013 With the World Cup just around the corner, this is my last chance to have a look back to the Super League season just gone, so here’s my club-by-club guide. Huddersfield Giants Paul Anderson has done an excellent job, and the key was that he picked a settled side. They had ... Read More »

The best Grand Final ever!

First published in League Express, Monday 7th Oct 2013 Wow! That was an unbelievable comeback from Wigan in Saturday’s Grand Final, and I’m still not sure how they did it. To find yourselves 16-2 down against a top-quality Warrington side, which had hit fifth gear when it really mattered, must have been pretty daunting.
    Just getting a foothold in the ... Read More »