Saturday, January 31, 2015
Rugby League News

Martyn Sadler

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 »

What is wrong with Australia?

If you’re like me you’ll find it rather odd this week not to have any World Cup games to watch before Saturday. With the group games and the quarter-finals now having been completed, we only have three more matches to look forward to. I wonder how many Rugby League supporters will have withdrawal symptoms as we head into December. Unlike ... Read More »

The Headingley Experience

Visiting Headingley on Friday night to see the World Cup was a wonderful experience, and not just because the New Zealand team gave us a great exhibition of exciting Rugby League. At half-time they were leading 40-0, and their performance would make the Australians and the English sit up and take notice, with Sonny Bill Williams going over for three ... Read More »

The World Cup and the media

MARTYN SADLER, the editor of League Express, suggests that Rugby League could do a lot to help itself get more coverage in the national media. This is a modified version of an article that appeared in this week’s newspaper.   After an initial surge of interest in the World Cup from the leading national newspapers, there was a clear decline ... Read More »

Smaller nations, and smaller clubs, do us proud

MARTYN SADLER, the editor of League Express, pays tribute to the World Cup’s smaller nations. This is a modified version of part of his ‘Talking Rugby League’ article in this week’s newspaper. The more you watch the World Cup, the more you realise that the tournament isn’t really about the big three of Australia, New Zealand and England. It’s really ... Read More »

How the World Cup format was created

MARTYN SADLER explains his input into the format of the 2013 Rugby League World Cup. Ah well, if I don’t blow my own trumpet, then no one else will. On the website forum, a thread has been opened praising the format of the World Cup, and hailing whoever thought of it as “a genius”. When praise of that order ... Read More »

The ups and downs of the England coach

Isn’t Rugby League a funny old game? I can’t think of any other sport that can elate you and depress you within such short timescales. Just over a week ago those of us who saw England lose to Italy at Salford were feeling decidedly downbeat. The idea of England being able to compete with Australia and New Zealand looked a ... Read More »

Australia seeking a ten

Martyn Sadler checks out the threat from Australia in the Rugby League World Cup 2013. The Australians come into every major Rugby League tournament as the favourites to win the trophy, and the Rugby League World Cup 2013 is no exception. Of the 13 previous World Cups, Australia have won nine of them. Don’t think that an Australian victory in ... Read More »

World Cup set to break records

First published in League Express, Monday 21st Oct 2013 The World Cup begins on Saturday and already it looks to be a record-breaking tournament in terms of attendances, even if no more tickets are sold this week. The opening double-header will draw a crowd well in excess of 40,000 to the Millennium Stadium, and, provided too many supporters are not ... Read More »

Chickens coming home to roost

First published in League Express, Monday 14th Oct 2013 This column on 22 July this year, just less than three months ago, carried the headline “A growing chorus of dissent”. I cited a column written by the respected Rugby League journalist Peter Smith in which he questioned the way the game is being managed, and I added my own views ... Read More »