Monday, December 22, 2014
Rugby League News


Three cheers for England Academy


At this time of year, it’s difficult to find too many stories to get genuinely excited about in the world of Rugby League. The long winter nights are traditionally partnered with a lack of feelgood news about our game. But anyone who was at Leigh Sports Village on Friday night will have seen a fantastic performance that would have firmly ... Read More »

My life in Rugby League: Richie Mathers


With the Australian Schoolboys currently touring, does it bring back memories of your series win against them with the England Academy in 2002? Yes, absolutely! When I look back now and think of the set-up that Mike Gregory, God rest his soul, put together, it was very special. I remember it being really fiery in the first game at Knowsley ... Read More »

Five stars to do battle in League Express readers’ poll

Huddersfield's Danny Brough was voted player of the year by League Express readers in 2013

Five leading players will enter into battle to gain the support of League Express readers over the Christmas period in the newspaper’s annual Readers’ Poll, which will be unveiled in tomorrow’s edition of the publication, which can be downloaded to the digital device of your choice tonight (after 11pm)  by clicking here. There are also polls in a wide variety ... Read More »

Taia signs new deal with Catalans

Zeb Taia has signed today a new three year contract with the Catalans Dragons that will keep him at the Gilbert Brutus Stadium until the end of 2017. The former New Zealand international, who arrived at the club in 2013, scored 22 tries in 52 Super League appearances. Zeb Taia said: “My family and I love the life here, we ... Read More »

Is Rugby League getting too structured?

Rugby League Express editor MARTYN SADLER asks whether Rugby League is in danger of losing some of its spontaneity. For the first time in the NRL’s history its officials have collated data demonstrating changes in the way the game has been played since 2004, while projecting what the game may look like in 2024 if current trends continue unchecked. Their ... Read More »

Tigers support local food bank

Castleford Tigers, in partnership with the Christchurch at the Xscape leisure complex, will be supporting the Smawthorne Community Church food bank this Christmas. The food bank is a system whereby basic food items are collected and distributed to people in need at times of crisis. It has helped many people in Castleford and the surrounding area since its opening in ... Read More »

Hull KR unveil new squad numbers for 2015


Hull KR have unveiled their squad numbers for the forthcoming 2015 campaign, with a number of stars stepping up to improved numbers. Adam Walker moves up from number 14 to eight, taking Justin Poore’s shirt, whilst Graeme Horne replaces Neville Costigan’s 12 from 15. Elsewhere, James Green also moves up to 20 from 23, and Aaron Ollett has 21 as ... Read More »

Tony Smith visits NFL side San Francisco 49ers


Warrington Wolves head of coaching and rugby Tony Smith has revealed that he has been on an eye-opening mission over in America in recent weeks, visiting NFL side San Francisco 49ers. Whilst Smith admits a lot of the trip was about getting some rest ahead of the upcoming season, Smith did reveal that he’d been watching the 49ers to gain ... Read More »

Robins half-back duo to fly in on Friday

Hull KR coach Chris Chester

Hull KR boss Chris Chester will welcome new half-back duo Maurice Blair and Albert Kelly into the country on Friday, when they land from Australia to start their deals with the Robins. Both halves have joined from NRL side Gold Coast Titans, and will arrive on Friday morning after receiving the necessary paperwork earlier this week. “We’re expecting them to ... Read More »

England and Aussies name teams for final Test


England Academy coach Richard Marshall and Australian Schoolboys coach Brian Battese have named their 17-man squads for the final game of the 2014 Autumn Academy International Series. The game takes place at Leigh Sports Village tomorrow with a 7.00pm kick-off. England Academy captain Jansin Turgut said: “I expect the players to go out there and give the same effort as ... Read More »