Thursday, July 10, 2014
Rugby League News

Martyn Sadler

Opinion: Culture, Image and Australian Rugby League

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Martyn Sadler, the editor of Rugby League Express newspaper, defends Australian Rugby League against one of its own media stars… Why do we panic so much about Rugby League’s image every time an Australian player is found to have done something silly? This week the Australian Rugby League media have been wetting themselves about a player who has literally wet ... Read More »

Who were the Super League stars at the weekend?

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  Martyn Sadler, the editor of Rugby League Express, reveals which players earned Game Star awards from our reporters in the weekend’s Super League games. Hull Kingston Rovers 22 Huddersfield Giants 26 – Danny Brough Reporter: Pete Stephenson “It wasn’t his best game, but Danny Brough did enough at crucial points of the game to ensure his side came away ... Read More »

Where are the fans?

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MARTYN SADLER wonders why crowds appear to be declining this season. This article first appeared in Monday’s edition of Rugby League Express. Rugby League supporters currently seem to be in decline. Throughout the game, crowds seem to be falling, with few exceptions. On Thursday night, for example, Huddersfield could only draw a little over 6,000 for the visit of Champions Wigan for ... Read More »

Video: Reflecting on a memorable Magic Weekend

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Martyn Sadler, editor of League Express newspaper, looks back on a record-breaking and scintillating Magic Weekend, and explains how you can get all the latest news, stats and opinion. Want more Rugby League news and features? Subscribe to the online version of League Express newspaper and Rugby League World magazine. You can also connect with Total Rugby League on the ... Read More »

Video: Magic Weekend 2014 day two preview

Action from Magic Weekend 2012. ©RLPhotos

League Express Editor Martyn Sadler gives his thoughts on what is set to be a thoroughly exciting day two of 2014 Magic Weekend, and also shares his views on all of day one’s action. Want more Rugby League news and features? Subscribe to the online version of League Express newspaper and Rugby League World magazine. You can also connect with ... Read More »

All augurs well for the Magic Weekend

Action from the Hull derby at Magic Weekend 2013. ©RLPhotos

Martyn Sadler looks forward to what he hopes will be a sparkling weekend of Rugby League action at the Etihad Stadium in Manchester. This is an amended version of his ‘Talking Rugby League’ in this week’s issue of League Express, which is still available in the shops, or can be bought digitally here.   It looks as though the weather is going to ... Read More »

Opinion: Take obstruction away from video referees

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Rugby League on both sides of the world seems to be dogged by controversy about video referees. And one issue that crops up again and again is that of obstruction, and whether a try should be awarded when there is a suspicion of obstruction. In Australia last weekend there was a clear injustice, when North Queensland were narrowly beaten by ... Read More »

Opinion: Carter’s words weren’t wise

Michael Carter. ©wakefieldwildcats.co.uk

I was surprised and disappointed to see Michael Carter, the Chairman of Wakefield, pitching into the appeal by Bradford Bulls to try to get back some of the six points they were deducted for having gone into administration. “It’s going to stick in my throat a little bit if the penalty for going into administration ends up being nothing,” he ... Read More »

Opinion: Concussion is the threat that stalks Rugby League

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The issue of concussion is becoming very important, both in Super League and in the NRL. The impact on a player’s long-term health of repeated concussions is of growing concern, as evidence comes to light that seems to suggest that former players can suffer early dementia that could be traced back to knocks on the head that they suffered during ... Read More »

Put Sally in charge of Super League

Sally Bolton. ©Manchester Evening News

This article first appeared in Martyn Sadler’s ‘Talking Rugby League’ column in this week’s edition of Rugby League Express On Monday 31 March the RFL will reveal to the media the results of their review of the World Cup, which was masterminded by the World Cup general manager Sally Bolton. Sally will present the documentation, and I’m sure it will ... Read More »