Tuesday, September 23, 2014
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Opinion: Concussion is the threat that stalks Rugby League

Concussion

The issue of concussion is becoming very important, both in Super League and in the NRL. The impact on a player’s long-term health of repeated concussions is of growing concern, as evidence comes to light that seems to suggest that former players can suffer early dementia that could be traced back to knocks on the head that they suffered during ... Read More »

League Express announces first ever digital-only edition

League-Express-digital

League Express, Britain’s best-selling weekly Rugby League newspaper, has announced it is to release its first ever digital-only edition on Thursday April 24. The issue is designed to give Rugby League fans access to all the reports, stats and analysis from the Easter week Super League games without having to wait until Monday for the print edition to come out. ... Read More »

Put Sally in charge of Super League

Sally Bolton. ©Manchester Evening News

This article first appeared in Martyn Sadler’s ‘Talking Rugby League’ column in this week’s edition of Rugby League Express On Monday 31 March the RFL will reveal to the media the results of their review of the World Cup, which was masterminded by the World Cup general manager Sally Bolton. Sally will present the documentation, and I’m sure it will ... Read More »

Time for players to exercise some muscle

Muscle

I was interested to read an article last week about the newly-elected NFL Players Association (NFLPA) president Eric Winston. Winston has been a gridiron player for many years, and now he will lead the players in their dealings with that sport’s governing body. His first duty is to represent the players in responding to an NFL proposal to increase the ... Read More »

Grounds for optimism on TV audiences

This is an updated version of the Talking Rugby League article that first appeared in Monday’s issue of League Express   The average audience for Rugby League on Sky Sports seems to be rising this season, if the first ten televised matches of the season are anything to go by. The average audience so far this season for both the ... Read More »

The match of the season – but only for us!

Simon-Grix---Grand-Final-2013

Tonight we will see a Grand Final re-match. Warrington Wolves versus Wigan Warriors at the Halliwell Jones Stadium! Doesn’t it just get the blood tingling! Can the Wolves get their revenge for their Grand Final defeat last year? Can Wigan win without Sean O’Loughlin and Micky McIlorum? Will this be the night that Warrington’s young halfback Gareth O’Brien really comes ... Read More »

Is ‘jeopardy’ a dead duck?

Gen-14

The RFL’s reorganisation of the league structures was intended to bring ‘jeopardy’ into more matches, whereby promotion and relegation is supposed to make more matches ‘meaningful’. The idea came from a report commissioned from KPMG. Last week we saw the first indication of the fans’ reaction. Wakefield and Bradford were playing each other in what, even at this stage, could ... Read More »

Time to stop and think about Nines

9s RL is beginning to spread across the world!

  So how good did the Auckland Nines turn out to be? If unpredictability is a prerequisite of a tournament, we certainly got it as North Queensland Cowboys won their first ever bit of silverware, beating Brisbane Broncos in an all-Queensland final. If speed and skill is another important ingredient for a sporting contest, the weekend had it in spades, ... Read More »

Eight players to watch in Super League 2014

Liam Sutcliffe. ©RLPhotos

I have chosen eight players who I think will make a name for themselves in Super League this season.
 I’m confident that some of them will emerge among Super League’s best players, but there are also a couple of young players who I really hope will get a chance at their clubs in 2014. Matty Russell (Warrington) Warrington’s new fullback ... Read More »