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Rugby League Yearbook 2014-15

Martyn Sadler

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50 years since the death of Churchill

24 January 2015 - 11:16 AM

Winston Churchill died on 24 January 1965.


I don't think he was our greatest Prime Minister, and his judgement prior to WW2 was often faulty, but he was the most significant PM, without whom the world might have been a very different place.


He wasn't just a war leader or a politician.


In 1953 he was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature "for his mastery of historical and biographical description as well as for brilliant oratory in defending exalted human values".


His acceptance speech illustrates that point.


It also has echoes of issues that still affect us today.


Churchill is a great source of quotations. One I have always remembered is the following:


"In War: Resolution. In Defeat: Defiance. In Victory: Magnanimity. In Peace: Goodwill."





Flags flying at half mast

23 January 2015 - 04:52 PM

Flags at the Palace of Westminster, Westminster Abbey and Buckingham Palace are all flying at half-mast today following the death of King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia.


Abdullah was the head of an undemocratic regime that has beheaded more people than the so-called Islamic State, that doesn't even allow women to drive cars, and recently sentenced a blogger to 1,000 lashes for expressing some very mild views that were hardly a threat to his state.


Why on earth are our flags flying at half-mast?

Rookies who made the grade

14 January 2015 - 03:58 PM

It's that time of the year when we think about the young players who might make an impact this season.


Check out League Express, or see the following piece.



The real New Year's Honours List

31 December 2014 - 11:24 AM

There may not have been any Rugby League players receiving gongs in the New Year's Honours List, but who cares?


The real Rugby League New Year's Honours List will feature in next Monday's Rugby League Express when we reveal the results of our annual Readers' Poll.


Player of the Year, Young Player of the Year, Mature Player of the Year, Coach of the Year, Club Captain of the Year, Best Newcomer in 2014, Best Signing for 2015, Player who will be most missed in 2015, the Super League Team of the Season position by position, Championship Player of the Year, Championship Coach of the Year, Championship One Player of the Year, Championship One Coach of the Year and, last but not least, Club of the Year.


I'm glad to say that the voters turned out in huge numbers, and the categories were fiercely contested. There were very few in which the winner received more than 50 per cent of the vote.


And the Super League Team of the Year selected by our readers has just one former NRL star.


We are guarding the results with our lives, but all will be revealed on Monday, or on Sunday night for those who subscribe to the digital issue.

Alex Walmsley anticipating facing the Burgess brothers in WCS

30 December 2014 - 01:15 PM