Wednesday, November 26, 2014
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Is peace breaking out?

It might go down in history as the ‘Langtree Park Agreement’, after the 14 Super League clubs finally backed the RFL’s plans to introduce the ‘two x 12s go into three eights’ league structure. A little bit like the Munich Agreement of 1938 some cynics might observe, but nevertheless the six Super League clubs, six of the biggest and most ... Read More »

Off the field interview: Alex Walmsley

“We have invested in a lot in British talent. I would like to think that we are on the cusp of another little dynasty.”

Alex Walmsley, the up-and-coming Saints star, tells Joe Whitley about his love of junk food, his fear of heights, and signing his first full-time contract… What is your favourite food? It’s got to be pizza, donner-meat pizza. I enjoy it sober! As long as it’s cooked right, that’s for me. I like loads of garlic mayo with it. I have ... Read More »

Letter of the week: The Wigan factor

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I have looked at attendance figures for Super League season 2013 and I have been interested in how a club’s attendance changes when Wigan visit each club. Friendlies, cup matches, Magic Weekend games and end of season play-offs have not been included, so this leaves the 13 home games played by each team, ie 12 home games together with one ... Read More »

View from the Strand: Murphy’s Law at Henson Park

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The start of the New Year in the Antipodes has been as predictable as ever. Enter Mr Glenn ‘Bumper’ Dwyer, the indefatigable publicity and marketing man for Newtown Jets (formerly the Bluebags). Now, Bumper is no man’s fool. He understands the working of newspapers in the so-called silly season, where Rugby League stories are at a premium. So each and ... Read More »

Championship preview: Workington hoping for World Cup boost

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Workington Town head coach Gary Charlton explains to Paul English why his club is heading in the right direction in the Championship in 2014… Workington Town will look to add to their squad as they continue their preparations for the new season. Town issued their squad numbers at the weekend with the list containing just 20 names and numbers. “We ... Read More »

Championship preview: Whitehaven have eyes on the six

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Dave Woods tells Paul English about his hopes for Whitehaven’s 2014 season… Whitehaven coach Dave Woods is hoping that his side can nail a top six finish – a position that seemed likely last year until a slump in form at the end of the campaign. There’s been a big turnover in Woods’ squad, with nine new faces and 13 ... Read More »

Talking Grass Roots: Petty politics reflect poorly

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There has been a lot of focus over the last two or three weeks on cup draws. In these instances, however, the attention hasn’t so much been on who has been paired with whom, but on who has not been included. Plenty has been said already about the unfortunate decision to exclude several leading amateur sides from the 2014 Tetley’s ... Read More »

Why Andrew Johns phoned me over Christmas

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Garry Schofield reveals why he was recently telephoned by Aussie legend Andrew Johns… I had a nice surprise over the holiday period when Andrew Johns phoned me from Australia. As I’m sure most of our readers are aware, Johns works as a freelance specialist halfback coach, working with a number of NRL clubs. All our readers will know that he’s ... Read More »

Brough and Cudjoe hit the ground running

Huddersfield Giants skipper Danny Brough and centre Leroy Cudjoe have made a quick start to pre-season, after joining back up with the rest of the squad last week. Both players played major roles in the World Cup, for Scotland and England respectively. Brough was instrumental in leading the Bravehearts to the quarter-final with New Zealand, whilst Cudjoe played in every ... Read More »

A significant week for Championship clubs

Championship outfit Doncaster took on Hull last Sunday.

The future structure of the professional game will go a long way to being decided at two crucial meetings this week, even though they won’t include the Championship clubs. Instead, the Super League clubs are set for two meetings, on Tuesday and Friday, to discuss the future path for the sport. The meetings are likely to tackle two individual key ... Read More »