Can Prince Harry help us to find new youthful audiences?

MARTYN SADLER, the editor of League Express, writes about Rugby League’s compulsive need for change and the potential impact of Prince Harry on the popularity of the game. I sometimes wonder whether Rugby League suffers from an institutional form of ADHD – Attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder. As any doctor would know, ADHD is a chronic condition that affects millions of children…

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How not to market the Challenge Cup!

“We’re conscious that the Challenge Cup has lost its shine. It’s probably become our third biggest property. Magic Weekend has overtaken it in terms of fans and we’re conscious of that. There’s a lot we’ve got to sit down and discuss. We’ll look at all the available options and safeguard the event.” Those are the words of Super League chief executive Roger…

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Ganson defends James Child on Brough penalty

League Express editor Martyn Sadler speaks to the RFL’s Match Officials Director Steve Ganson about a controversial penalty that was awarded during last Thursday’s Super League clash between Huddersfield Giants and Salford Red Devils. The most controversial moment of the weekend had absolutely nothing to do with the World Club Series. Instead, it came last Thursday night, when Josh Jones…

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Rob Burrow – a Rugby League phenomenon

Martyn Sadler, the editor of League Express, pays tribute to an extraordinary Rugby League player I often wonder whether we realise how lucky we are to have some players in our midst who will surely be regarded as legends of the game long after they have retired. Rob Burrow, who played his 500th career game last Thursday night at St…

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Martyn Sadler: Ten things that I’d like to see on Sky’s coverage of Rugby League this season

Martyn Sadler, the editor of League Express, looks ahead to this season’s coverage of Rugby League by Sky Sports This will be a historic season for Sky’s coverage of Rugby League for one very simple reason. For the first time since the former BSB began covering Rugby League in 1990 there will be no Stevo on the box. How will…

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Sky’s brothers in Rugby League

With Rugby League about to hit the screens on Sky again with Thursday night’s big kick-off from St Helens‘ newly named Totally Wicked Stadium, League Express editor  MARTYN SADLER pays tribute to the departed Stevo by reprising his book review that came out last year about the most famous bromance in Rugby League. The initial version of this article first appeared in…

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When is a contract not a contract?

League Express editor Martyn Sadler considers the tricky issue of player contracts in an expanded version of an article that first appeared in Monday’s edition of the newspaper.   Currently there’s a lot of publicity about players walking out on Rugby League contracts. Chris Sandow walked out on his contract at Warrington, and the Wolves shrugged their shoulders and accepted…

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League Express to celebrate 50 most significant moments of the 2016 season

The 2016 season contained many memorable moments and League Express has decided to mark the most significant ones and to list them in their order of importance. League Express editor MARTYN SADLER will introduce a new five-part series that looks back at the season just gone as we pick out the moments we’ll all remember, whether they are triumphs, tragedies,…

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Rugby League’s International Future

  With the Four Nations about to start this weekend, Martyn Sadler, the editor of Rugby League Express, shares his fantasy about how international Rugby League competitions could lead the growth of the game worldwide. This is an amended version of an article that originally appeared in the September 2016 issue of Rugby League World magazine All my life I’ve…

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