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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 »

A Grand day out

League Express Editorial, Monday 30th Sept 2013 Rugby Football League chief executive Nigel Wood hailed Sunday’s Kingstone Press Championships Finals Day as one to remember. It certainly will be for supporters of Sheffield Eagles, Rochdale Hornets and Leigh Miners Rangers after their victories in the triple header at Leigh Sports Village. The Eagles’ comeback win over Batley meant they became ... Read More »

Do we really need to get smaller?

League Express Editorial, Monday 23rd Sept 2013 On Wed 18 Sept, League Express held its annual Albert Goldthorpe Lunch at Headingley, and we were delighted to make the Gold Medal award to Huddersfield’s Danny Brough and the silver medal to Hull FC’s Tom Lineham as the Albert Goldthorpe Rookie of the Year. It was a wonderful occasion for an award ... Read More »

23rd September: The Big Cs win trophies

Richard de la Riviere looks back at what happened in Rugby League over the years on this day: 23rd September Castleford and Canberra picked up trophies on this day in 1990, winning the Yorkshire Cup and the much-coveted Winfield Cup respectively. The Raiders, captained by Mal Meninga, retained the Australian Premiership, beating Penrith Panthers 18-14, with 41,535 spectators sardined into ... Read More »

Oldies but goodies

First published in League Express, Mon 23rd Sept 2013 You don’t coach sides to win seven Premierships if you are a dunce. That’s what Wayne Bennett’s résumé shows only too clearly. Six titles with the Brisbane Broncos and another with St George Illawarra Dragons. So that’s why I could not understand the thinking of some Sydney Rugby League journalists when, ... Read More »

Disgraceful exhibition by Hull

First published in League Express, Mon 23rd Sept 2013 I take no pleasure whatsoever from Thursday night’s horror show involving Hull FC. In fact, I find it strange that I even have to say that. They’re my old club – my first in the pro game – and I always want them to win (unless they’re playing Leeds). But because ... Read More »

Talbot ends Hornets wait

First published in League Express, Mon 23rd Sept 2013 The last time Rochdale Hornets made a final, the Charlatans topped the UK charts, a pint of beer cost £1.40 and only Wigan won Challenge Cups. This Sunday, the club will end a 22-year wait to appear in a final – the longest of any in the professional game. Back in ... 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 »

Championship champions

First published in League Express, Monday 16th Sept 2013 No matter who is selected and who is left out, the end of season awards will always create controversy and talking points in any competition. This year is unlikely to be any different, after the Kingstone Press Championship awards nominees were unveiled by the RFL last week. Before going into the ... Read More »

16th September: When Wakefield made the great escape

Richard de la Riviere looks back at what happened in Rugby League over the years on this day: 16th September Wakefield finalised Super League’s greatest act of escapology by beating Castleford 29-17 in one of the modern era’s most anticipated match-ups on this day in 2006. Trinity looked doomed until they appointed John Kear, a Challenge Cup-winning coach with Sheffield ... Read More »