Wednesday, October 1, 2014
Rugby League News

Martyn Sadler

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 »

A tribute to those lost in 2013


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 »