Saturday, January 31, 2015
Rugby League News

Martyn Sadler

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 »

A week that belongs to the Giants, Rovers and Crusaders

First published in League Express, Monday 2nd Sept 2013 When we get into September the temperature begins to drop. But not as far as Rugby League is concerned where, over the last week, the temperature has risen by several notches. It began last Wednesday night, when Featherstone Rovers drew almost 4,000 spectators to their BigFellas Stadium to see a pulsating ... Read More »

Thank you for coming

First published in League Express, Monday 26th Aug 2013 “Thank you for coming,” said the big screens at Wembley Stadium as the crowd began to make its way home. And that message seemed so appropriate for Hull FC. They came, but they didn’t do much more than that. As their coach Peter Gentle said after the game, they didn’t fire ... Read More »

Generous Cup Final odds?

First published in League Express, Monday 19th Aug 2013 The bookmakers are not taking a great deal of notice of the form book when it comes to forecasting the winner of the Tetley’s Challenge Cup Final. The best odds you can find on Wigan, at the time of writing (Sunday evening) is 1/3, while the best odds for Hull FC ... Read More »

A plea to the Giants

First published in League Express, Monday 12th Aug 2013 Huddersfield Giants are a very good Rugby League team, as they have been showing us all season, and as they emphasised on Friday night at Wigan. They are not necessarily the best team in the competition. We’ll find out who that is at Old Trafford on the first Saturday in October. ... Read More »

Head injuries disfigure Rugby League

First published in League Express, Monday 5th Aug 2013 Take a look at St Helens coach Nathan Brown’s comments about the latest injury to his stand-off half Gareth O’Brien by clicking here. Brown was absolutely spitting after the game, because the player responsible for O’Brien’s injury, the Catalan’s Zeb Taia, was allowed to remain on the field. He was put ... Read More »