Holbrook urges St Helens to seize the moment and cause a shock against Castleford

In the dark depths of May, Justin Holbrook was handed the reigns of S Helens. The club he took over was in disarray. Two trophyless seasons and an uninspiring start to 2017 had cost club legend, Keiron Cunningham, his job. There was a toxic sense of apathy lingering around the club, with former players and fans alike claiming the club…

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COLUMN: Rugby league needs long-term security when it comes to the structure

Those tasked with making the decisions in rugby league when it comes to the league structure must tread very carefully: because what happens next could shape the sport’s future for decades to come. It’s emerged this week that clubs from all three professional divisions will meet – albeit in two different meetings – to discuss what the league structure could…

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City of Hull Academy director urges clubs to look at their model

The man in charge of the City of Hull Academy has urged clubs who are struggling with their own Academy systems to consider following in their footsteps after a successful second season for the project. Met with much criticism in the city when it was announced the two Hull clubs would merge their junior setups, the City of Hull Academy…

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Luke Gale named Rugby League Writers’ player of the year

The Rugby League Writers and Broadcasters Association has named Castleford half-back Luke Gale as its player of the year for 2017. Gale, who is currently in a fitness race to be declared available for the Tigers’ play-off semi-final with St Helens on Thursday night, beat off competition from Wigan and England captain Sean O’Loughlin and his Tigers team-mates Greg Eden, Paul…

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It’s time to show what we’re made of, says Castleford captain Michael Shenton

Castleford captain Michael Shenton admits it is time to prove what the Super League leaders are made of in a do-or-die game on Thursday night as they aim to reach their first ever Grand Final. The Tigers know victory against St Helens on Thursday will ensure they reach Old Trafford for the first time next weekend, in front of what…

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League Express Podcast – Episode 5 – the play-offs and the Million Pound Game

The new League Express Podcast is out! It’s a big week in the world of rugby league, with the Super League play-offs, the Million Pound Game and the League 1 Promotion Final all taking place over the next few days: and our new podcast has in-depth previews for all the big games. Aaron and Matt have also got a bumper…

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Leigh owner Beaumont reveals clubs to discuss structure for 2019 on Wednesday

Leigh Centurions owner Derek Beaumont has revealed that Super League clubs will meet on Wednesday afternoon in Manchester to discuss the make-up of the league structure for 2019 and beyond – and admits his preference would be a 14-team league with some form of promotion and relegation remaining in place. The Super 8s system will remain in place for 2018,…

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