Wednesday, November 26, 2014
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Opinion: My thoughts on the league restructure

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Rugby League World journalist Dave Hadfield reflects on a morning spent with the RFL discussing plans for the game in 2015… It was déjà vu all over again. Sitting in a hotel in Brighouse, hearing about the plan to save the game; is it any wonder some of us were coming over all nostalgic? I would have liked a bit ... Read More »

Giants “under strict instructions” to celebrate opposition errors

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Rugby League World journalist Dave Hadfield on an interesting meeting with Huddersfield star Luke Robinson… I had the pleasure the other week of working on the radio with Huddersfield’s Luke Robinson. He was as sparky and chatty as you’d expect, full of fascinating insights into the game. Take the issue of teams celebrating when an opponent makes a mistake. It ... Read More »

Opinion: Is relegation really a disaster?

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As we’ve known for a while now, Bradford Bulls and London Broncos will play their rugby in the Championship next season. Both clubs are making the right noises about playing their way back into the elite, but what long-term effect will relegation from Super League have upon them? The evidence from others who have taken the drop is mixed to ... Read More »

Opinion: Is losing Easter double-headers a good thing?

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This article, written by Dave Hadfield, originally appeared in issue 398 of Rugby League World magazine. Issue 399 is currently in production and will be on sale from June 6. Click here to find out more about the magazine and to browse back issues click this link… Easter double-headers are set for the scrap heap from 2015 onwards. But is ... Read More »

Dave Hadfield: We need to stop obstructing good play

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This article originally appeared in issue 398 of Rugby League World magazine. Issue 399 is currently in production and will be on sale from June 6. Click here to find out more about the magazine and to browse back issues click this link… I bumped into the wife on the landing the other day and a whistle went for obstruction. ... Read More »

The worst teams in Super League history

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For a variety of reasons, there are some pretty ordinary sides in Super League this season. But which have been the worst since the inception of the competition? Dave Hadifield, in reverse order, picks his way down Bad Memory Lane for Rugby League World Magazine… Widnes Vikings, 2012 – 12 points Elbowing other contenders aside and squeezing into the Hall ... Read More »

Last Tackle

First published in Rugby League World, Issue 391 (Nov 2013) If there is a better day of Rugby League anywhere in the world than the Championship Finals, I wish someone would steer me in the direction of it. We are so used to one or more of the matches being an absolute nerve-shredder that we have perhaps become a little ... Read More »

Last Tackle

First published in Rugby League World, Issue 390 (Oct 2013) It was Bob Geldof who, when he was not feeding the world, used to sing of his dislike for Mondays. I’ve nothing against them – and Monday Night Football has, I think, been a success. Let’s not forget, as well, that Rugby League has a long record of re-inventing the ... Read More »

Last Tackle

First published in Rugby League World, Issue 389 (Sept 2013) I came away from Northern Rail finals day at Halifax with profoundly mixed feelings. On the one hand, we had seen two magnificent matches, crammed with enterprise and energy. That could be taken as evidence that these four clubs are doing very nicely on the field, thank you, and should ... Read More »