Thursday, October 30, 2014
Rugby League News

Martyn Sadler

Those who are moving on in 2014

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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

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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?

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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

Steve McNamara faces a tough decision picking his England side. We want you to do his job for him..

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

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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 »

It is good to see the RFL rejecting gimmicks

Kevin Sinfield in action for England at the RLWC2013. ©RLphotos

I’m very glad to see that the RFL has rubbished the idea that England or Great Britain is being lined up to play a hybrid form of rugby against the touring Australian Wallabies rugby union team next December. After a superb World Cup tournament, the last thing our game surely needs is a gimmicky match of this sort against rugby ... Read More »

What qualities should a Golden Boot winner have?

It is tough to pick the winner of the prestigious Golden Boot, says League Express editor Martyn Sadler. ©RLphotos

The latest edition of Rugby League World magazine has named the six players who have been shortlisted for this year’s Golden Boot award. The winner will be announced in the issue of the magazine that is due for publication on 17 January, so there is plenty of time for us to mull over who the winner should be. Johnathan Thurston ... Read More »

Where now for international Rugby League?

You only had to watch the first ten minutes of England’s World Cup semi-final at Wembley on Saturday to see how vital international sport is, and how it transcends the club game. Super League and the NRL are great competitions in their own right. But they don’t have the potential to draw in the whole population in the way that ... Read More »