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5th August: Lions restore pride with victory over Kiwis

Richard de la Riviere looks back at what happened in Rugby League over the years on this day: 5th August Great Britain finally gave themselves something to smile about by wrapping up their three-match series with New Zealand on this day in 1979 with a great second-half performance. The Lions’ tour of the Southern Hemisphere of that year is often ... Read More »

Officials can get away with murder

First published in League Express, Mon 5th Aug 2013 Malcolm Andrews reflects on the latest example of an NRL coach getting the sack. Regular readers are well aware of my love of the unorthodox nature of rugby players from the Pacific Islands.  Most have an inbred love of the game …  a passion that few Anglo-Saxons could ever hope to ... Read More »

The one-man loose forward

First published in League Express, Monday 5th Aug 2013 Continuing my look at England’s World Cup options, here is my assessment of the loose forwards who I think are good enough to make the squad. Or perhaps I say ‘loose forward’ as there’s only one on my list! Sam Burgess is obviously an option here, and we can all remember ... Read More »

Head injuries disfigure Rugby League

First published in League Express, Monday 5th Aug 2013 Take a look at St Helens coach Nathan Brown’s comments about the latest injury to his stand-off half Gareth O’Brien by clicking here. Brown was absolutely spitting after the game, because the player responsible for O’Brien’s injury, the Catalan’s Zeb Taia, was allowed to remain on the field. He was put ... Read More »

Do the Bulls deserve reduced funding?

League Express editorial, Monday 5th August 2013 Bradford Bulls owner Omar Khan last week revealed that he is going to invest an additional £900,000 of his own money into the club to ameliorate its financial problems. Last week the club revealed that its players, who are normally paid on the 28th day of each month, may have to wait until ... Read More »

England backrowers catch the eye

First published in League Express, Monday 29th July 2013 This week I’ll look at the second-row options available to the England coach Steve McNamara for the World Cup. Again, I’ve placed them in the order of how I rate them and I’ve only included players who I think would be good enough to play at the highest level. As you’ll ... Read More »

29th July: The defeat that changed Wigan

Richard de la Riviere looks back at what happened in Rugby League over the years on this day: 29th July. Huge favourites Wigan were humiliated 37-24 by Catalans Dragons in the Challenge Cup semi-final on this day in 2007, as the French side booked a Wembley encounter with St Helens in the first final to be played at the national ... Read More »

Rewriting our rich history

First published in League Express, Monday 29th July 2013 I never cease to be amazed by some of today’s sports reporters. Their knowledge of the particular sport on which they are reporting goes no further back than when they were at school. The stories about Rugby League suffer accordingly. After Parramatta’s capitulation on Friday night, and the news that international ... Read More »

Memories of 1985

First published in League Express, Monday 29th July 2013 So it’s Wigan and Hull for the 2013 Challenge Cup Final! That will be 28 years since that astonishing final between the same two teams in 1985, which Wigan won 28-24. Of all the Wembley Cup Finals, that’s the one I remember best, as though it were yesterday, perhaps because so ... Read More »

Seven days to remember!

League Express editorial, Monday 29th July 2013 What a week of contrasting emotions! It began last Monday, with one of the games of the season at Langtree Park, as St Helens held on to beat their fiercest rivals to register their first victory over Wigan at their new home. Despite the Warriors contributing mightily to a great game, Saints won ... Read More »