Wednesday, July 23, 2014
Rugby League News

Martyn Sadler

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 »

A tribute to those lost in 2013

Steve Prescott (middle), fought a heroic battle with cancer but sadly passed away in November. ©RLphotos

Yesterday, looking back at the Rugby League year that was, we discussed the players moving on in 2014. Then there are those people we have lost for good. Steve Prescott was the most devastating loss to the Rugby League community as a whole after he put up such a remarkable fight against the cancer that eventually killed him, but there ... Read More »

Those who are moving on in 2014


At the end of every year it’s time to reflect on the people whose career has come to a close. On the field, this year has seen the end of the respective playing careers of Lee Briers, Stuart Fielden, Paul Prescott, Shaun Briscoe, Steve Menzies and several other players. Lee Briers was the longest serving one-club man in the game, ... Read More »

A look back over the year that was

The Cook Islands in action at the 2013 Rugby League World Cup. ©RLphotos

And so we come to the start of another year. Inevitably it’s a time to look back over the year that was, and to consider whether it’s been a good or a bad one. With the great success of the World Cup, and despite England’s heartbreaking defeat in the semi-final, we caught a glimpse of how good Rugby League can ... Read More »

Talking Rugby League: Let Super League 2014 commence


The Super League clubs will hold meetings on 14 January about the governance of their competition, and on 24 January on the structure of the league competitions. At the first meeting I dare say they will discuss how Super League should operate, and what is the best management structure to support it. If the RFL can reach agreement with the ... Read More »

Talking Rugby League: Can London Broncos take their chance?


The news about London Broncos having secured a deal to play at Barnet FC’s The Hive stadium broke on Friday afternoon. I’m sure I wasn’t the only person involved in Rugby League to feel a sense of relief at that news. The nightmare scenario was that we would begin the 2014 Super League season with only 13 teams, which would ... Read More »

Talking Rugby League: Steve McNamara’s learning curve


I was glad to see that England coach Steve McNamara will stay in Rugby League in 2014, even though on the other side of the world, rather than going into rugby union with the Bath club, where his former colleague Mike Ford is now the head coach. Although McNamara is reluctant to talk about it, I understand that Bath had ... Read More »

Clubs’ survival issues part of the RL narrative

London Broncos

Part of the Rugby League narrative is the constant battle of clubs to survive. We have recently had severe doubts about three clubs coming to the staring line for the 2014 season – London Broncos in Super League, Swinton Lions in the Championship and South Wales Scorpions in Championship One. It now looks as though the Broncos are 95 per ... Read More »

The prospect of England vs the Celtic nations

A great way to ensure our prospective GB side is at full strength would be to pit England against a team featuring Scotland, Wales and Ireland. ©RLphotos

I don’t know how far the RFL has got in planning the domestic representative season, and whether the idea of playing England versus the Exiles is already cast in stone. But if it isn’t, I would like to propose an alternative. If we are going to bring back the Great Britain side to tour Australasia in 2015, why not have ... Read More »