Monday, September 15, 2014
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What to look forward to in 2014

Catalan Dragons full-back Morgan Escare is one of the hottest prospects in the game right now. ©RLphotos

  Yesterday and today I have been discussing 2013 and those we have lost. There have also been plenty of newcomers, as always, to brighten up the Rugby League scene. Two young French stars made their debuts in Super League this season in Morgan Escaré and Theo Fages, while other young debutants who will surely make their mark in the ... Read More »

A tribute to those lost in 2013


Yesterday, looking back at the Rugby League year that was, we discussed the players moving on in 2014. Then there are those people we have lost for good. Steve Prescott was the most devastating loss to the Rugby League community as a whole after he put up such a remarkable fight against the cancer that eventually killed him, but there ... Read More »

Bring back the County Cup!


Former Great Britain star Garry Schofield on a disappointing visit to Headingley… I went to the Leeds-Wakefield game on Boxing Day, but no amount of positivity could convince anyone who went that it was even a half-decent game. With such a high admission fee, fans just aren’t getting value for money at pre-season games any more. 
 I wrote last ... Read More »

The stories that made Rugby League headlines in 2013


Paul Sculthorpe is awarded an MBE in the New Year’s Honours List. Leeds and England captain Kevin Sinfield wins the League Express Readers’ Poll as the Player of the Year for 2012. The arrival of Marwan Koukash in January as the new owner and saviour of Salford City Reds. The RFL launched its new ‘Extraordinary Rugby’ marketing campaign in January. ... Read More »

Those who are moving on in 2014


At the end of every year it’s time to reflect on the people whose career has come to a close. On the field, this year has seen the end of the respective playing careers of Lee Briers, Stuart Fielden, Paul Prescott, Shaun Briscoe, Steve Menzies and several other players. Lee Briers was the longest serving one-club man in the game, ... Read More »

A look back over the year that was

The Cook Islands in action at the 2013 Rugby League World Cup. ©RLphotos

And so we come to the start of another year. Inevitably it’s a time to look back over the year that was, and to consider whether it’s been a good or a bad one. With the great success of the World Cup, and despite England’s heartbreaking defeat in the semi-final, we caught a glimpse of how good Rugby League can ... Read More »

Off the field interview: Ben Cockayne

Cockayne pictured in his Wakefield days. ©RLPhotos

Hull KR winger Ben Cockayne opens up about his life away from Rugby League. Everything from a love of steak to serving in Iraq… What is your favourite food? I’m just out walking the dogs down a busy road so apologies if I have to shout at them. I’m a steak man. I like it with a jacket potato stuffed ... Read More »

Readers’ poll: GB legend makes his picks

Danny Brough won both player and stand-off of the year. ©RLphotos

Last week, League Express published their readers’ poll competition. Here are my choices. Super League Player of the Year: There’s only one choice here, and it has to be Danny Brough who led Huddersfield to the League Leaders’ Shield. Individually he was absolutely superb in all departments and he chipped in with important tries, which is something he doesn’t get ... Read More »

Off the field interview: Richard Moore


The Wakefield prop tells us about his love of lasagne, his natural talent for golf and some of his former Rhinos team-mates… What is your favourite food? Probably lasagne. My mum always made a good one so whenever she’s making one I always ask her to save me some. I’d be happy if she gave me a box of that ... Read More »

Not so Stella Christmas presents

Scroll down to see what Christmas present Malcolm thinks SBW should be handing out this year.

Malcolm Andrews gives his compliments of the season. Apologies to everyone if I sound a bit like the Grinch. But it is that time of year again … the time when everyone descends on the main shopping centres at the same time to make my life a misery. It becomes virtually impossible to find a parking spot when you are ... Read More »