Monday, January 26, 2015
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Talking Rugby League: The RFL rejects NRL rule changes


The RFL will not follow the changes in the laws of the game announced last week in Australia by NRL bosses, even though the new rules in Australia will pull the two versions of Rugby League further apart. The NRL has implemented a raft of new rules for the 2014 season, supposedly aimed at speeding up the game and improving ... Read More »

The Aussie outlook: Spitfires and Eccles cakes


Regular readers will know of my fondness for the grass roots of the game in Old Blighty, especially some of the clubs with an interesting history, or players who have gone on to become famous or come from a town linked to one or more of my ancestors. There was the Chesterfield Spires, named after the church with the twisted ... Read More »

Grass Roots: Some cracking Challenge Cup ties this weekend

Tetley's Challenge Cup

The start of the 2014 Tetley’s Challenge Cup is just a few days away now and I’m aware that my coverage of the competition so far, at least regarding the opening rounds, has been to a degree negative. That, in truth, has been largely unavoidable given the shameful way in which Sharlston Rovers in particular have been treated by not ... Read More »

A warm welcome to Super League sponsors First Utility


So who are First Utility, the new sponsor of Super League? They have signed a contract to sponsor our leading competition for the next three years, so I imagine we will be getting to know them quite well between now and the end of 2016. For those who don’t know, First Utility is the largest independent energy supplier with more ... Read More »

Super League 2014: My favourites for relegation

Oliver Roberts (far left) ©JoeWhitley

With a few weeks to go until the start of the season, I think it’s time to look ahead at how things might unfold. Over the next two of my columns, I’ll be predicting how the league table will look at the end of 2014. I’m sure I’ll be getting plenty of grief on Twitter as a result of this ... Read More »

Off the field interview: Michael Shenton


The Castleford captain on Coronas, curries, and Cancun… What would your last meal on Earth be? I’m a fillet steak man. I have it medium-rare with home-made chips, onion rings and peppercorn sauce. That’s my kind of meal. I’d probably wash it down with a Corona [a Mexican pale lager]. What song do you listen to more than any other? ... Read More »

League Express – Mon 27th Jan

Inside this week’s League Express we cover all the latest news from the world of Rugby League, both in Europe and Australasia. We have news from every Super League, Championship and Championship One club, and we have full coverage of the amateur game and the game in France. We preview the 2014 seasons for Bradford Bulls and Hull FC, speaking ... Read More »

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

Wigan fans. ©RLphotos

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 »