Wednesday, October 1, 2014
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Tony Smith: The game is not protecting our players

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Warrington Wolves coach Tony Smith insists the game is failing to protect its players, and has called for more protection after Matty Russell’s horrific injury at the weekend. Russell has since been cleared of any serious injury after colliding with Widnes’ Macgraff Leuluai during their play-off encounter on Saturday, but Smith believes there isn’t enough being done to look after ... Read More »

Castleford a tough place to go, says Ratchford

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Warrington utility Stefan Ratchford is expecting fierce competition from Challenge Cup finalists Castleford Tigers when the Wolves visit the Mend-A-Hose Jungle on Thursday night to battle for a place in the Super League play-off semi-finals. Ratchford remembers Warrington’s last visit to Castleford on Easter Monday which resulted in a 40-6 defeat for the Wolves. “We had a rough time during ... Read More »

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 »

Bowen fined £1,000 by RFL for social media breach

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Wigan Warriors full-back Matty Bowen has been fined £1,000 (£500 of which is suspended until the end of the 2015 season) after he was found guilty of minor misconduct for breaching the RFL’s social media policy. What do you think about this story? Discuss this and much more on or free fans’ forum. For more Rugby League news and features, ... Read More »

Radford: I want all the new lads in from day one

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Hull FC coach Lee Radford has ordered his entire squad to start pre-season as a unit on November 1 – and is not making any exceptions. Indeed, the 35-year-old has told all of his new recruits, including NRL pairing Mark Minichiello and Steve Michaels, that they must be ready to start in just over five weeks’ time. “It is important ... Read More »

James Webster: The best young coach in Rugby League?

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Super League’s newest coach has made an immediate impact at Wakefield, John Davidson sits down to hear the story behind James Webster’s early success… The best young coach in Rugby League? James Webster just might be that. Roosters boss Trent Robinson might have claims to that title and so could New Zealand Warrior’s mentor Andrew MacFadden. But at 35 Webster ... Read More »

Brett Ferres: It’s time to put things right

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Huddersfield forward Brett Ferres described his side’s emphatic 57-4 loss to Wigan last Thursday as “embarrassing”, and claimed the Giants will do all in their power to avoid a repeat performance against Catalan Dragons this Friday. RELATED: Win tickets to Huddersfield Giants v Catalan Dragons Ferres told League Express: “It was really disappointing. “You work so hard throughout the year ... Read More »

Roby one of world’s top three hookers – Cunningham

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James Roby is now one of the top three hookers in the world – that’s the view of Keiron Cunningham, who lavished praise on the England international after Friday’s play-off victory against Castleford Tigers. Roby inspired the Saints to an emphatic 41-0 victory against the Tigers, leaving Cunningham to describe Roby’s recent performances as “incredible”. “He’s been outstanding all season, ... Read More »

Cast your vote: Who should have been in the Dream Team?

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Every week in League Express newspaper, readers are invited to share their thoughts on the hottest topics in Rugby League by voting in regular online polls. In the latest issue, the newspaper focused on the recently-named Dream Team, which caused much controversy when it was released. They have identified six players who had a case for a spot in the ... Read More »

Feature: How the Dragons are producing top young talent

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Young French stars Morgan Escaré and Eloi Pelissier have lit up Super League this year, and as Ricky Wilby reports, they are unlikely to be the last… The conveyor belt that produced the hugely talented Morgan Escaré and Eloi Pelissier is set for a significant boost in 2015. Next year will not only be the tenth season that the Catalans ... Read More »