Opinion: Concussion is the threat that stalks Rugby League

The issue of concussion is becoming very important, both in Super League and in the NRL. The impact on a player’s long-term health of repeated concussions is of growing concern, as evidence comes to light that seems to suggest that former players can suffer early dementia that could be traced back to knocks on the head that they suffered during…

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Time for players to exercise some muscle

I was interested to read an article last week about the newly-elected NFL Players Association (NFLPA) president Eric Winston. Winston has been a gridiron player for many years, and now he will lead the players in their dealings with that sport’s governing body. His first duty is to represent the players in responding to an NFL proposal to increase the…

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The match of the season – but only for us!

Tonight we will see a Grand Final re-match. Warrington Wolves versus Wigan Warriors at the Halliwell Jones Stadium! Doesn’t it just get the blood tingling! Can the Wolves get their revenge for their Grand Final defeat last year? Can Wigan win without Sean O’Loughlin and Micky McIlorum? Will this be the night that Warrington’s young halfback Gareth O’Brien really comes…

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Is ‘jeopardy’ a dead duck?

The RFL’s reorganisation of the league structures was intended to bring ‘jeopardy’ into more matches, whereby promotion and relegation is supposed to make more matches ‘meaningful’. The idea came from a report commissioned from KPMG. Last week we saw the first indication of the fans’ reaction. Wakefield and Bradford were playing each other in what, even at this stage, could…

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Talking Rugby League: The new season is upon us!

It only seems like a blink of an eyelid since Sean O’Loughlin was raising the Super League Trophy at Old Trafford, but the start of the new season really is only days away. It’s another unusual launch, as the standalone opener between Wigan Warriors and Huddersfield Giants – Super League Champions versus League Leaders – kicks it all off on…

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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…

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