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Fans can be the power behind the World Cup

First published in League Express, Monday 14th Oct 2013 In a guest column, Rugby League World Cup General Manager Sally Bolton urges League Express readers to buy their World Cup tickets before it is too late. As the start of Rugby League World Cup 2013 draws nearer, our vision of success for each match becomes more vivid, and we’re extremely ... Read More »

14th October: Saints win the day

Richard de la Riviere looks back at what happened in Rugby League over the years on this day: 14th October Twice on this day St Helens have conquered Old Trafford to be crowned Super League Champions. In 2000, when defending their crown, they went into the play-offs after having been hammered by Wigan 42-4 at home in a Minor Premiership-deciding ... Read More »

The good, the bad and the indifferent

First published in League Express, Monday 14th Oct 2013 With the World Cup just around the corner, this is my last chance to have a look back to the Super League season just gone, so here’s my club-by-club guide. Huddersfield Giants Paul Anderson has done an excellent job, and the key was that he picked a settled side. They had ... Read More »

They’ve faced the final curtain

First published in League Express, Monday 7th Oct 2013 And now the end is here, and so they’ve faced the final curtain. Tests. Hundreds of senior matches. Joy and distress. The highs, the lows. The camaraderie. Every emotion that makes our sport the Greatest Game of All. It was there at Olympic Park (the new name for the Homebush precinct ... Read More »

7th October: When Wigan beat Manly

Richard de la Riviere looks back at what happened in Rugby League over the years on this day: 7th October Twenty-six years ago today, Wigan were celebrating becoming champions of the world, after defying underdog status to beat the Australian Champions Manly in a bruising first official World Club Challenge match. The idea of staging such a match was Maurice ... Read More »

It’s Wigan at the double

Wigan celebrate their Super League Grand Final victory

SUPER LEAGUE GRAND FINAL WARRINGTON WOLVES 16 WIGAN WARRIORS 30 TIM BUTCHER, Old Trafford, Saturday 5th Oct 2013 Shaun Wane’s grin was as wide as the Manchester Ship Canal as his Wigan side completed the League and Cup double in spectacular style, looking almost dead and buried when 16-2 down just before half-time before blasting back with 28 unanswered points. ... Read More »

The best Grand Final ever!

First published in League Express, Monday 7th Oct 2013 Wow! That was an unbelievable comeback from Wigan in Saturday’s Grand Final, and I’m still not sure how they did it. To find yourselves 16-2 down against a top-quality Warrington side, which had hit fifth gear when it really mattered, must have been pretty daunting.
    Just getting a foothold in the ... Read More »

Who should run Super League?

First published in League Express, Monday 7th Oct 2013 The RFL will hold an extraordinary general meeting on Wednesday to debate the proposed new structure for the competitions from 2015. RFL chief executive Nigel Wood will argue strongly for his proposal of having two top divisions of 12 teams that split into three divisions of eight teams after 23 rounds ... Read More »

What a game! And now for the World Cup!

League Express Editorial, Monday 7th Oct 2013 Wow! What away to finish this season! Whatever the debate about the eight-team play-off system, the 12s plus three eights, referees, spidercams, too many/not enough TV presenters etc, can we all agree Saturday night’s Super League Grand Final was one heck of a game? Wigan and Warrington produced a contest high on skill, ... Read More »

Toovey poised for greatness

First published in League Express, Monday 30th Sept 2013 What makes a great coach? You might as well ask: “How long is a piece of string?” It’s indefinable. One thing is certain. It’s not necessary to have been a great player. Many of the greatest players have not succeeded with clipboard in hand because they played by instinct – and ... Read More »