Page XIII: More or Less

Rugby League World Editorial: First published in Issue 440 (Dec 2017) Wales coach John Kear, with characteristic honesty, declared in an interview down under that Australians regard the World Cup as a third tier tournament, two rungs below Origin and the NRL. He was widely criticised for those remarks, not so much the content but the timing of them. It…

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Page XIII: World First

Rugby League World Editorial: First published in Issue 439 (Nov 2017) ‘They say the first time ain’t the greatest…’ trilled the dearly departed Prince on one of the lesser known hits of his that reside in my record collection (it’s from Raspberry Beret, pop pickers) and obviously the carnally obsessed Purple Rain man wasn’t singing about Rugby League, but the…

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Page XIII: In The Ghetto

Rugby League World Editorial: First published in Issue 436 (Aug 2017) Hands up if you think Radio 2 disc jockey Chris Evans is worth a salary of two and a half million quid a year. Ok Chris, you can put your hand down now. Despite being from Warrington and an occasional visitor to the Halliwell Jones Stadium to cheer on…

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Page XIII: Hide & Seek

Rugby League World Editorial: First published in Issue 433 (May 2017) The world moves so fast these days it is often hard to find time to catch your breath let alone form a considered opinion on something before subsequent events leave you scratching your head wondering if you were right or wrong. Last month I was singing the praises of…

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Page XIII: That’s Entertainment

Rugby League World Editorial: First published in Issue 432 (April 2017) It didn’t really get the fanfare that with hindsight it probably deserved, but the BBC’s decision to live stream games from the early rounds of the Ladbrokes Challenge Cup this year is proving to be one of the most innovative and potentially important breakthroughs to hit Rugby League in…

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