Saturday, January 31, 2015
Rugby League News


Game set for more growth in 2015, say RFL


The RFL has today reaffirmed its confidence in the programmes and policies it has in place to increase the number of people who play Rugby League on a regular basis in 2015. Despite disappointing figures in the latest Active People survey announced by Sport England this week, RFL Chief Executive Nigel Wood believes the sport is continuing to attract and ... Read More »

RFL to cap season launch with ‘Rugby League Rocks’ event


The official launch of the eagerly-anticipated 2015 season will take place on Sunday February 1 (6.00pm) at Victoria Warehouse, Manchester when, for the first time, fans can take part in the opening celebrations at a fantastic new event – Rugby League Rocks. The 2015 season is set to be a special year for every First Utility Super League, Kingstone Press ... Read More »

RFL manager wins national award


RFL National Coach Education and Learning Programmes Manager Linda Low was last week named Coach Developer of the Year at the 2014 UK Coaching Awards in Glasgow. The awards are intended to raise the profile of coaches and the role they play in encouraging participation, performance and excellence. Previous winners include the coaches behind Rebecca Adlington, Maggie Alphonsi, Sir Ben ... Read More »

Nigel Wood “checks pulse” in Pacific Islands

It's thirsty work visiting beautiful islands in the Pacific

To read an exclusive interview with the RFL and RLIF chief Nigel Wood, pick up issue 2,941 of Rugby League Express, available online now, or in all good newsagents tomorrow Nigel Wood has delivered his verdict on the state of international Rugby League after visiting Samoa and the Cook Islands while Down Under for the Four Nations. A release sent to the ... Read More »

University and College Rugby League launched


Following a meeting of the Student Rugby League Board and the RFL, Student Rugby League has been renamed the University and College Rugby League (UCRL). Rugby League is currently played at 36 colleges and 52 universities by more than 2,500 registered players and the RFL and Student Rugby League believe the name change is necessary for the sport to continue ... Read More »

RFL: England now shoulder to shoulder with big two

Ralph Rimmer

RFL Chief Operating Officer Ralph Rimmer believes England now stand shoulder to shoulder with Australia and New Zealand following a hugely impressive series of performances during the 2014 Four Nations. England narrowly missed out on reaching the final in Wellington next weekend despite three outstanding displays by a young squad that will form the spine of the national team for ... Read More »

Former Rugby Union boss rejects Rugby League body


The Rugby League International Federation suffered a blow last week when the former chief executive of the International Rugby Board, Mike Miller, rejected the RLIF’s offer of the chief executive’s role with the body that is responsible for Rugby League worldwide. League Express understands that Miller, who is currently the chief executive of the World Olympians Association, a post he ... Read More »

Brian Barwick set for new role in football

Brian Barwick

RFL non-executive chairman Brian Barwick has a new job, after being appointed as the new chairman of the Football Conference – a role which will begin at the end of the current season. The announcement of Barwick in the role – which sees him returning to football after previously working at the Football Association (FA) – will not impact on ... Read More »

RFL comfortable with punching stance


The RFL won’t be reviewing its policy on punching and has no plans to introduce an NRL-style ‘no-punching’ stance next season. The NRL brought in an edict that players would be automatically sent to the sin-bin for punching following Paul Gallen’s attack on Nate Myles in the opening game of State of Origin in 2013. NRL referees boss Daniel Anderson ... Read More »

RFL appoints new head of Salary Cap


The RFL has appointed forensic financial and legal expert Nigel Roberts as the sport’s Head of Salary Cap and Registrations. Roberts, who hails from Eccles, currently works for Manchester-based criminal defence solicitors Stephen Lickrish and Associates and will take up his new role in early November. He has significant expertise in white collar fraud, commercial fraud, money laundering and regulatory ... Read More »