Tuesday, October 21, 2014
Rugby League News


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 »

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 »

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 »

Confusion leads to lower crowds

League Express Editorial, Monday 16th Sept 2013 The first round of the Super League play-offs produced a mixed bag of games that spanned the range from ‘gripping’ to ‘one-sided romp’, and no doubt that has sparked plenty of tap-room or more probably Internet discussion. A system that involves eight clubs out of 14 will always produce patchy fare might be ... Read More »

Impossible to predict

League Express Editorial, Monday 9th Sept 2013 A compelling Super League play-off series is almost upon us, with the final outcome impossible to predict Warrington are the bookies’ favourites, but it wouldn’t be a massive surprise if any of the top five teams should come through and take the title, with, perhaps surprisingly, League Leaders trophy winners Huddersfield being made ... Read More »

A time for congratulations

League Express Editorial, Monday 2nd Sept 2013 The 2013 season came to an end for several clubs at the weekend and no doubt many players will be marking that in traditional fashion over the coming days. One group of players who will have special reason to celebrate have created one of the more remarkable stories of the year, as they ... Read More »

Maybe not the best, but tell that to Wigan!

League Express Editorial, Monday 26th August 2013 So how will we remember the Challenge Cup final of 2013? That depends which side of the fence you are standing on. It was certainly a low-scoring affair that Wigan had the better chance of winning because of their better ball retention and superior kicking game. On a day in which the heavens ... Read More »

Get ready for the best afternoon of the year!

League Express Editorial, Monday 19th August 2013 So where will you be on Saturday afternoon at three o’clock? If you are one of the lucky ones you’ll be safely ensconced in your seat at Wembley Stadium for what promises to be a real sporting treat. Recollections of that great Wembley final of 1985 between Wigan and Hull have been coming ... Read More »

League’s changing landscape

League Express Editorial, Monday 12th August 2013 Our sport’s attempts to spread its wings over the last century and a bit has drawn many critics and resistance from many within the game. Some are of the opinion that trying to expand outside the so-called heartlands has been a complete and utter waste of time. And money, although the strength of ... Read More »