This week’s Rugby League Back Chat

This week’s Rugby League Back Chat show (Freesports TV, 5pm plus repeats) is hosted by Rod Studd and features a guest panel of Martyn Sadler (League Express), Derek Beaumont (Leigh Centurions owner) and former Great Britain international and Golden Boot winner Garry Schofield. Rugby League Back Chat, sponsored by TotalRL.com, is broadcast every Thursday on FreeSports TV, which can be…

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Totalrl.com’s sponsorship of RL Back Chat ready to roll

TotalRL.com’s sponsorship of the Rugby League Back Chat series of discussion programmes will begin this evening at 6.00pm on the Freesports TV, which can be found at Channel 95 on Freeview or 424 on the Sky platform. The hour-long programme will be repeated at 3.30pm and 10.30pm on Friday and it will be presented on the Totalrl.com website from 9.00am…

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Should Nines be Rugby League’s Reserves Competition?

League Express editor Martyn Sadler suggests that the shortened form of the game would be a good alternative to a Reserve Grade competition. Last year I had a meeting with the then RFL director Roger Draper about a number of issues that needed to be discussed. Roger was looking for ideas about creating new Rugby League properties that would have…

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A fitting tribute to the Tigers’ 2017 season

Martyn Sadler, the editor of League Express, has written the foreword to ‘Cas Tigers: the Breakthrough Year’, which has been newly published by League Publications Limited. With the book now in the shops, here is what he has to say about the new book. Castleford Tigers created history in 2017, finishing at the top of the league for the first…

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A great World Cup deserves better planning

MARTYN SADLER, the editor of League Express, criticises the faulty planning behind the allocation of fixtures for the World Cup. This weekend we are at the quarter-final stage of the 2017 Rugby League World Cup and the tournament is hotting up. Earlier today the Aussies looked tremendous in beating Samoa 46-0, while tomorrow (Saturday) we will see two matches in…

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Six games to watch out for in the World Cup

MARTYN SADLER, the editor of League Express, picks out the six World Cup pool games he’s most looking forward to watching. The World Cup is now just one day away and for the next six weeks Rugby League supporters can enjoy the luxury of seeing the best players in the world competing against each other for the 14 nations that…

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The perfect companion to the World Cup

League Express editor MARTYN SADLER reviews the latest Rugby League book to hit the bookshelves. My colleague Richard de la Rivière used to be the editor of Rugby League World magazine and he currently writes the ‘On This Day’ column for League Express. So he’s obviously interested in both the history and geography of Rugby League. And, in pursuing those…

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Can the Tigers keep up their momentum?

League Express editor MARTYN SADLER wonders whether the Tigers will be able to maintain their momentum into the final part of the Betfred Super League season.   Castleford Tigers have rightly been the subject of much praise for their performances so far this season. In our preview edition of League Express, published in early February, we predicted that they would…

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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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