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Magic Weekend 2014 set to break records

Etihad-Stadium Magic

The record books are set to be rewritten in Manchester this weekend when the Etihad Stadium hosts the seven-match First Utility Super League spectacular, Magic Weekend 2014. With seven of the most competitive fixtures ever staged in the event’s eight-year history,  demand for Magic Weekend tickets has been unprecedented and fans are being urged to move quickly to secure the ... Read More »

Willie Isa signs new deal with Widnes Vikings

2013 Christmas Friendly Widnes v Warrington

Widnes Vikings have continued their recruitment and planning for 2015 with the news forward Willie Isa has signed a new two-year contract with the club. Isa, 25, becomes the ninth player to sign new terms with the Vikings as Widnes boss Denis Betts stepped his recruitment and retention drive up again this week. And the big Kiwi-Samoan, who has successfully ... Read More »

Hull KR looking to erase painful Magic Weekend memories

Magic Weekend 2013

Hull KR star Travis Burns insists the squad are out to put right last year’s heartbreaking Magic Weekend defeat to Hull FC – even if it did reinvigorate their season. Chris Green’s incredibly late – and incredibly controversial – try settled matters at the Etihad Stadium last year, but the Robins bounced back to go on a fantastic run of ... Read More »

St Helens expecting Warrington Wolves to bite back


St Helens captain Paul Wellens is expecting a tough test from Warrington Wolves when his team face them at the Magic Weekend on Sunday. Despite Saints beating Warrington in the opening round of the season, Wellens believes that Warrington possess a quality that should not be underestimated. “Warrington are always a threat, they are a fantastic side and I don’t ... Read More »

Magic win could kick-start season, says Hull FC star

Liam Watts

Hull FC forward Joe Westerman believes that a victory over rivals Hull KR can kick-start their ailing season, as the pressure mounts on the squad after their disappointing start to 2014. The Black and Whites are inside the play-off places on points difference alone – ironically just one place above their bitter rivals at Hull KR. However, whilst Westerman – ... Read More »

Debate: Should Magic Weekend stay in Manchester?

Etihad-Stadium Magic

Aaron Bower (AB): The Magic Weekend is one of Rugby League’s most innovative and exciting concepts, but talk is already growing about potentially talking the game to another stadium for the 2015 event, given how Manchester City’s Etihad Stadium is set for some renovation work next year. People are also concerned that keeping it at the Etihad would make the ... Read More »

Six of the best: Magic Weekend moments

Action from Magic Weekend 2012. ©RLPhotos

2007 Sunday 6 May, at the Millennium Stadium BRADFORD BULLS 38 LEEDS RHINOS 42 There could not have been a more dramatic conclusion to the inaugural Millennium Magic weekend. With the clock having run down on a points-fest of a final game, Kevin Sinfield’s 40-metre penalty struck the woodwork and substitute Jordan Tansey plunged over under the posts for one ... Read More »

Interview: Daryl Powell on the Cas success story


Rugby League World magazine finds out how Daryl Powell has transformed the fortunes of Castleford Tigers in less than a year at the helm… Daryl Powell knew that he had to fundamentally change the culture of Castleford Tigers soon after arriving at the club last season, both on and off the field. One brief moment during the winter summed up ... Read More »

All augurs well for the Magic Weekend

Action from the Hull derby at Magic Weekend 2013. ©RLPhotos

Martyn Sadler looks forward to what he hopes will be a sparkling weekend of Rugby League action at the Etihad Stadium in Manchester. This is an amended version of his ‘Talking Rugby League’ in this week’s issue of League Express, which is still available in the shops, or can be bought digitally here.   It looks as though the weather is going to ... Read More »