Friday, January 30, 2015
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Martyn Sadler

The match of the season – but only for us!


Tonight we will see a Grand Final re-match. Warrington Wolves versus Wigan Warriors at the Halliwell Jones Stadium! Doesn’t it just get the blood tingling! Can the Wolves get their revenge for their Grand Final defeat last year? Can Wigan win without Sean O’Loughlin and Micky McIlorum? Will this be the night that Warrington’s young halfback Gareth O’Brien really comes ... Read More »

Is ‘jeopardy’ a dead duck?


The RFL’s reorganisation of the league structures was intended to bring ‘jeopardy’ into more matches, whereby promotion and relegation is supposed to make more matches ‘meaningful’. The idea came from a report commissioned from KPMG. Last week we saw the first indication of the fans’ reaction. Wakefield and Bradford were playing each other in what, even at this stage, could ... Read More »

Talking Rugby League: The new season is upon us!


It only seems like a blink of an eyelid since Sean O’Loughlin was raising the Super League Trophy at Old Trafford, but the start of the new season really is only days away. It’s another unusual launch, as the standalone opener between Wigan Warriors and Huddersfield Giants – Super League Champions versus League Leaders – kicks it all off on ... Read More »

The ins and outs of Super League’s lucrative new TV deal


£200 million is an awful lot of money. So when the RFL agreed a five-year contract with BSkyB for that amount, and persuaded the Super League clubs to give their backing to it last Wednesday, most of them didn’t need much persuading, particularly when told they would each receive £300,000 into their bank accounts within a couple of weeks. Only ... Read More »

Talking Rugby League: The RFL rejects NRL rule changes


The RFL will not follow the changes in the laws of the game announced last week in Australia by NRL bosses, even though the new rules in Australia will pull the two versions of Rugby League further apart. The NRL has implemented a raft of new rules for the 2014 season, supposedly aimed at speeding up the game and improving ... Read More »

A warm welcome to Super League sponsors First Utility


So who are First Utility, the new sponsor of Super League? They have signed a contract to sponsor our leading competition for the next three years, so I imagine we will be getting to know them quite well between now and the end of 2016. For those who don’t know, First Utility is the largest independent energy supplier with more ... Read More »

Talking Rugby League: A league structure that will work


Martyn Sadler suggests a way forward in the debate about new league structures. This week the Super League clubs will meet with representatives of the RFL to discuss the structure of governance of their competition, which they will do tomorrow (Tuesday), and the structure of the leagues themselves, which they will talk about on Friday. The RFL would like to ... Read More »

Welcome to 2014 – but is something missing?

The Aussies face New Zealand in the Anzac Test on 2 May, but that game doesn't appear to have a venue.

Doesn’t the dawn of a New Year fill us all full of optimism, as we look forward to brighter days and nights ahead, and think about what the fledgling year will bring. In Rugby League it’s good to look ahead and wonder who the star clubs and star players will be as the new season gradually unfolds. We are coming ... Read More »

What to look forward to in 2014

Catalan Dragons full-back Morgan Escare is one of the hottest prospects in the game right now. ©RLphotos

  Yesterday and today I have been discussing 2013 and those we have lost. There have also been plenty of newcomers, as always, to brighten up the Rugby League scene. Two young French stars made their debuts in Super League this season in Morgan Escaré and Theo Fages, while other young debutants who will surely make their mark in the ... Read More »