OPINION: Rugby league needs stronger governance than ever before.. good luck Ralph

So, the decision has, finally, been made. After months of waiting, the verdict is … erm … the guy who was keeping the chair warm is actually the right man to fill it permanently. No matter what you think of Ralph Rimmer’s appointment as permanent chief executive of the RFL, the fact is that he’s got the gig. Ask people…

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COLUMN: Is rugby league in increasing danger of missing the boat with New York RL?

In rugby league terms, seven or eight months ago feels like a lifetime away right now. Back then, Danny McGuire was saying his farewells to Leeds, England were preparing for a World Cup campaign which would ultimately take them to the final, and the sport was in a state of confusion about its long-term structure and leadership direction – so…

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TV Times: The changing face of Rugby League broadcasting

MATTHEW SHAW (pictured), a regular broadcaster on both television and radio, working for Premier Sports and BBC Radio Leeds, looks at Rugby League’s current coverage, and what the future may hold TECHNOLOGY is continually evolving and while becoming more accessible, can also be hard to grasp. The media industry is in the middle of that challenging mix, with new developments…

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A great World Cup deserves better planning

MARTYN SADLER, the editor of League Express, criticises the faulty planning behind the allocation of fixtures for the World Cup. This weekend we are at the quarter-final stage of the 2017 Rugby League World Cup and the tournament is hotting up. Earlier today the Aussies looked tremendous in beating Samoa 46-0, while tomorrow (Saturday) we will see two matches in…

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Six games to watch out for in the World Cup

MARTYN SADLER, the editor of League Express, picks out the six World Cup pool games he’s most looking forward to watching. The World Cup is now just one day away and for the next six weeks Rugby League supporters can enjoy the luxury of seeing the best players in the world competing against each other for the 14 nations that…

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Robins take flight

GARETH WALKER, the Championship correspondent of League Express pays tribute to the achievements of Hull Kingston Rovers in 2017   IF a blueprint on how to approach relegation was to be written, Hull KR’s approach to the 2017 campaign would be a perfect template. Much has been said and written about the “disaster” of relegation during the summer era, although for…

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Garry Schofield – Why Hull FC will win the Challenge Cup

I have bad news for you Hull fans – I’m tipping you to win the Challenge Cup on Saturday! I know that will make you roll your eyes in despair, given my track record, but I simply don’t buy into the fact that Wigan are favourites for Wembley. I’m amazed at that. The Warriors have recovered from a mostly terrible…

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Can the Tigers keep up their momentum?

League Express editor MARTYN SADLER wonders whether the Tigers will be able to maintain their momentum into the final part of the Betfred Super League season.   Castleford Tigers have rightly been the subject of much praise for their performances so far this season. In our preview edition of League Express, published in early February, we predicted that they would…

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