Thursday, September 18, 2014
Rugby League News

Martyn Sadler

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 »

Who should run Super League?

First published in League Express, Monday 7th Oct 2013 The RFL will hold an extraordinary general meeting on Wednesday to debate the proposed new structure for the competitions from 2015. RFL chief executive Nigel Wood will argue strongly for his proposal of having two top divisions of 12 teams that split into three divisions of eight teams after 23 rounds ... Read More »

Will Sam crack the NRL?

First published in League Express, Monday 30th Sept 2013 The news that the New Zealand Warriors have signed Sam Tomkins on a three-year contract was hardly surprising, given the way it has been telegraphed for much of the season. Sam has made it clear that he sees the NRL as a better competition than Super League, and he wants to ... Read More »

What a week for Danny Brough!

First published in League Express, Monday 23rd Sept 2013 Danny Brough has had an outstanding season in leading the Giants to the League Leaders’ Shield, and our award to him last week of the Albert Goldthorpe Medal recognises his consistent form throughout the 27 rounds of Super League. It was my great privilege to be able to present him with ... Read More »

Brough to collect Goldthorpe Medal, as Man of Steel looms

First published in League Express, Monday 16th Sept 2013 Huddersfield Giants star Danny Brough will collect the Albert Goldthorpe Medal in a ceremony hosted by League Express at Headingley on Wednesday 18th September. It will be the second time Brough has won the Goldthorpe Medal. He was the inaugural winner in 2008, when he was a Wakefield player, and his ... Read More »

Painting the town red

First published in League Express, Monday 9th Sept 2013 I’ve never been to a Rugby League media conference quite like the one that was held by Dr Marwan Koukash at Salford last Thursday. The event was superbly presented, with great professionalism, and, with Koukash himself taking us through his plans for the club, and introducing us to his new signings. ... Read More »