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#3259617 League Express forms World Cup travel partnership

Posted by League Express on 19 January 2016 - 10:43 AM

League Express forms World Cup travel partnership
THE publishers of Rugby League Express have entered into a partnership with the Rugby League travel company Glory Days with a view to running trips for readers to the next Rugby League World Cup, which will be held in Australia, New Zealand and Papua New Guinea in the autumn of 2017. 
League Publications Chairman Martyn Sadler and Glory Days Managing Director David Hardy signed the deal last week, and they are determined to ensure that readers who take up their offer have the trip of a lifetime.
"I remember going on a trip to Australia in 1997 to watch the World Club Challenge of that year, and I saw then the advantages you can enjoy when you are part of a party of Rugby League enthusiasts," says Sadler.
"I'm convinced that England can go into the tournament with a great chance of success, and I'm certain that many supporters would want to be there to see it live.
"We've chosen to partner with Glory Days because they have an outstanding reputation in running sporting tours around the world, in particular to the Ashes Cricket & Cricket World Cup that were also held in Australia, and no company knows the hotels and travel arrangements in Australia better than they do.
"In addition to that, David Hardy is a former Rugby League player himself. He comes from Wakefield and played Rugby League for England and Great Britain Students whilst at University, and I know how much it will mean to him to ensure that everyone who travels with his company will have a wonderful experience."
This won't be the first time that Glory Days has dipped its toe in the Rugby League market.
"Glory Days have a long established link with Rugby League, having run packages to the Challenge Cup Final, the Magic Weekend, State of Origin and NRL Grand Final since 2001," said Hardy.
"We are delighted to be in partnership with League Publications and look forward to what promises to be a superb event as well as a memorable experience for all involved."
League Express is inviting its readers to register their interest in joining a mailing list to receive information updates at www.totalrl.com/worldcuptours

#2946230 Italy Rugby League leads major development activity

Posted by League Express on 18 June 2014 - 09:26 AM

Italy Rugby League leads major development activity

The Italian segment of the joint RLEF-EU Leadership Devolution Project has concluded after a packed four days of activity in Piacenza.
Three other nations – Ireland, Greece and Hungary – joined the hosts to receive tutor training and two level one courses in match officiating and coaching.
Greece’s Aris-Konstantinos Dardamanis said: “The match officials course was very well organized and taught me a lot in a very short time,” while his Hungarian counterpart Balint Mezes enthused: “The course was a good experience; as a young  rugby league nation we now have the tools to develop rugby league back home.  We now go back with the confidence that we can train our own match officials.”
Ireland sent head match official Jason Craughwell to Italy in support of FIRL match officials chief Guido Bonnatti and RLEF match official development squad members Danny McNeice from England and Serbia’s Radoslav Novakovic.
“We had a great bunch of people with different experiences in rugby league,” said Craughwell. “But all of them had one thing in common which was they wanted to develop and improve as match officials.”
On the coaching side, Italy’s Chris De Meyer joined the programme supporting 2013 RLEF course graduate Tiziano Franchini.
“It was great to see the different cultures and input from everyone involved,” Franchini commented. “Technically I have improved my knowledge and understanding of what is needed when coaching coaches.  This opportunity will allow FIRL to continue the progress we have made over the last three years.  These are exciting times!”
Former GB international Des Foy will play a leading role in RL Ireland’s new plan to re-focus on the domestic game.
“It was great to see the newer nations really embrace rugby league and its values,” the ex-Widnes, Oldham and Huddersfield player - who toured down under in 1984 - noted. “This course has given us the chance to speak about our local situations and to help each other develop into strong rugby league nations.”
Hungary’s coach tutor-candidates will next lead a Level 1 coaching course on home soil, while Greece will undertake match official activity there in November.
The delegates for the match officials seminar were: Danny McNeice, Rale Novakovic (RLEF), Jason Craughwell (RLI), Aris-Konstantinos Dardamanis,  George Stilianos, Nikolaos Kostakis (HFRL), Jeno Juhasz, Zsolt Lukacs (HRLF),  Guido Bonnatti and Ciprian Gajulete (FIRL).
The delegates for the coaching seminar were: Martin Crick (RLEF), Michael Aughey, Desmond Foy (RLI), Anastasios Pantazidis, Dimitrios Minadakis, Matthew-Alan Ashill (HFRL), Balint Mezes, Katalin Huszti, Istvan Toth, Gyula Herpai (HRLF), Chris DeMeyer, Kelly Rolleston and Tiziano Franchini (FIRL).

#2946229 Ukraine Rugby League (Merged threads)

Posted by League Express on 18 June 2014 - 09:25 AM

Rugby League receives highest government classification in Ukraine

Rugby league now has: “All the elements to make a massive leap forward in Ukraine,” according to Ukrainian Rugby League Federation (UFRL) president Artur Martyrosyan.
The positive noises are the result of the sport’s inclusion in the ‘Unified Sports Classification’ list controlled by the ministry of sport, and follow January’s permission for rugby league to form part of the government sport school curriculum.  
“It’s a very significant success for rugby league,” continued Martyrosyan. “We now have every element of a major national sport and we can expect a big leap in participation throughout the country.”
“This is one of the most important things that has happened to the UFRL: we received official recognition in 2012, created and lodged a study programme in 2013 and now have the classification.”
It means that players and coaches will be recognised for their achievements with five distinctions that define their aptitude and experience which are also linked to pay-scales in the sports industry, making involvement in rugby league a more attractive proposition.
The UFRL will now begin a project to invite potential leaders from ten target cities - Kiev, Lviv, Rivne, Khmel`nyc`kyy, Uzhgorod, Irpin, Dnipropetrovs`k, Odessa, Mikolaiv and Dneip  - to a series of education seminars in Kharkov.
They will deliver match official and coach education programmes and begin local development at junior and senior level.
The next phase of the project will be for the current second division clubs to become part of an expanded first division while the new cities form either regional competitions or a national second division.
At the end of 2014 the UFRL, which received government funding last year for the first time, will submit its annual dossier to the sports ministry in a bid to increase its funding in line with its expanded operations and, crucially, its official status.
Next week sees the recommencement of the Ukrainian championship with Crimean clubs Simferopol and Sevastopol travelling to Krivoy Rog.

#2943330 Italy Rugby League Name Train-On Squad

Posted by League Express on 12 June 2014 - 08:54 AM

Italy, under coach Paul Broadbent, have named a 39-man train-on squad for their opening game in European Championship B against Ukraine, on 5th July in Gemona.


It is the first time that rugby league has been taken to the area and FIRL are hoping to put on a good show for the locals in the region.


The squad, principally made up of domestic-based players, includes full back Fabrizio Ciaurro - the Euro Shield player of the tournament last year - and back rower Gioele Celerino, who both played against England in last autumn’s RLWC warm up game, dramatically won by the Italians, along with Warrington Wolves youngster James Saltonstall.


Assistant coach Kelly Rolleston said: “This year’s European Championship gives us a chance to continue the good work done here over the last few years.”  


“We expect a very competitive tournament with newcomers Ukraine showing some excellent form in their opening matches with Russia and Serbia.  Our aim is to blood more young players into our squad and with some new U18 activity we hope to bring our best young players up to an international standard.”


This weekend sees the start of the 2014 Serie A competition with four games taking place, alongside the launch pf the U18s fixtures.


In addition, FIRL are also running Level 1 coaching and match officials courses in Piacenza.




Simone Boscolo, Gialuca Ferro, Alden Filipovic, Edoardo Paluello, Giacomo Simioni (Arieti Este), Ray Nasso,  Romain Pavoni (Avignon XIII), Remi Fontana (Carpentras), Nicola Facco,  Nicola Reffo (Grifons Padova), Christophe Calegari  (Lezignan Corbieres), Pierangelo Ceretti, Cosimo Corvino, Sebastian Gurra, Thomas Piscitelli,  (Lions Brescia), Gioele Celerino, Chris De Meyer, Gert Peens, Riccardo Scandurra, (NW Roosters), Mauro Pettenello (Padova 555), Jonathon Marcinczak (Racing Club Albi), Joel Miranda (Realmont), Chris Vitalini (South Wales Scorpions), Fabrizio Ciaurro, Michele Verardi (Tirreno Sharks), Matthew Bradley (University of Gloucestershire All Golds), James Saltonstall (Warrington Wolves), Nourou Bance, Ivan Barani, Fabio Berzieri, Riccardo Dodi, Giovanni Franchi, Octavian Ilinca, Drake Muyodi, Fabio Nannini, Daniel Stead, (XIII del Ducato), Idammou El Medhi, Luca Cerza, Andrea Sola (XIII della Ghirandina)

#2920618 Huge exclusive in tonight's League Express 'digital-only' Easter...

Posted by League Express on 24 April 2014 - 03:56 PM

The wait is almost over, as League Express - Britain's best-selling Rugby League newspaper - will release its first ever digital-only edition this evening (Thursday, April 24) at 7:30pm.

The issue is designed to give Rugby League fans access to all the reports, stats and analysis from the Easter week Super League games without having to wait until Monday for the print edition to come out. It will also feature Challenge Cup previews and a new columnist. All you have to do to get a copy of the issue is download our free app on your smartphone or tablet, or visit PocketMags and download the issue straight to your desktop.

Inside this first-ever digital-only edition of League Express:

We have a huge Super League news exclusive, plus we also speak exclusively to RFL Chairman Brian Barwick

about the busy Easter period.

1eague3 chairman Jon Wilkin tells us his thoughts on the Challenge Cup and Easter scheduling.

Castleford captain Michael Shenton reveals his burning desire for cup glory with the Tigers.

A huge competition giving YOU the opportunity to win tickets for every major final this year!

A brand new columnist writing exclusively for League Express.

Warrington's Stefan Ratchford gives us a look into his world in our 'Off The Field' feature.

Extensive previews for all eight Tetley's Challenge Cup ties this weekend.

Full reports from ALL of Easter Monday's action in the First Utility Super League.

Plus all the usual ingredients that come together to make us Britain's best Rugby League read.

For anyone without digital access, summaries of all the reports will appear in the next print issue, which will come out as normal on Monday April 28. Please note, our print schedule remains unchanged, so anyone with a subscription will be unaffected.

#2919435 Digital edition issues now resolved

Posted by League Express on 21 April 2014 - 11:42 AM

Due to technical issues, the digital edition of  today’s League Express newspaper would not properly download for a lot of subscribers. We have since rectified the problem and the new issue is ready to download now. If problems persist, though, please follow these instructions:

  • Open the League Express app on your device
  • Locate the cogwheel icon (settings) and select Login/Register from the drop down menu
  • Log in with your Pocketmags user ID and password
  • You should see a list of all the recently published issues
  • Tap on the cover of issue 2911 and select the ‘delete’ option when prompted and OK to confirm the deletion
  • Now close down the League Express app on your device
  • Next, delete the League Express app from your device
  • Reboot your device
  • Re-download the League Express app from your app store (there is no charge for this as the app is free)
  • Open the League Express app on your device
  • Issue 2911 should now be displayed with the correct cover and be available to re-download
  • You may need to log back into your account before being able to proceed with the download
  • Locate the cogwheel icon (settings) and select Login/Register from the drop down menu
  • Log in with your Pocketmags user ID and password

We sincerely apologise for the inconvenience caused and hope this will not deter your enjoyment of this Monday’s issue.

#2882856 Kingstone Press Performance & Player of the Week for Rams

Posted by League Express on 18 February 2014 - 10:28 AM

Dewsbury Rams half-back Anthony Thackeray is the first Kingstone Press Championship Player of the Week for 2014.
Thackeray marked his debut for the club with a try and the decisive drop goal in their one-point win over Featherstone Rovers.
The team display also earned the Rams the Kingstone Press Performance of the Week, while Kevin Penny’s length-of-the-field try at Halifax saw him handed the Try of the Week.
Every week, each coach in the Kingstone Press Championship is contacted to help put the awards together.

Kingstone Press Championship Player of the Week – Anthony Thackeray (Dewsbury Rams)

Anthony Thackeray marked his first competitive game for Dewsbury Rams with a match-winning drop goal in an 11-10 victory over Featherstone Rovers.
Dewsbury coach Glenn Morrison said: “Anthony was great for us. He scored a try, created the play that got us at the right end of the field for the drop goal, and then kicked the drop goal to win the match.
“He had a really big game, and everyone at the club can see the quality he brings.
“Anthony and our other halves are working really well together, they have got the football brains to be able to take us around the park and stick to any game-plan we give them.
“He has definitely done what we wanted from him so far, and hopefully he can stay injury free and have a big year for us.”

Kingstone Press Championship Performance of the Week – Dewsbury Rams

Dewsbury Rams displayed a steely resolve as they secured a first win of the season by snatching an 11-10 victory over Featherstone Rovers.
The Rams were trailing seven minutes from full time, but Anthony Thackeray’s try levelled the scores before Thackeray added a 78th-minute drop goal to snatch all three points.
Dewsbury coach Glenn Morrison said: “We have worked really hard in the off-season and built some momentum. We said that we needed to back that up against the favourites to see where we are, and we had a good win and deserved it. We worked really hard for each other in defence.”
“It was a good win, but it is only one win. We have still got improvements in us. We were a bit off with the ball, but when you have got the commitment and desire we have, then we are going to win more than we lose if we keep that up.”

Kingstone Press Try of the Week – Kevin Penny (Swinton Lions)

Swinton Lions winger Kevin Penny showed outstanding pace and balance to score an opening-round, length-of-the-field try against Halifax.
Lions coach Ian Watson said: “We had a scrum 10 metres off our own line and Mick Nanyn gave him possession. First Kevin tried to go around his opposite winger, then he came back inside, rounded him again on the outside and carried on weaving in and out all the way up the pitch.
“Eventually he cut back inside and pulled clear. It was a special try and only someone with Kevin’s pace could have scored it.”
Watson added: “Kevin played well. He is not just about attacking, he spoke really well on the edge, and that helps us in defence. He was very important for us.”

Kingstone Press Championship Team of the Week

1 James Mendeika (Featherstone Rovers)
2 Adam Higson (Leigh Centurions)
3 Elliot Cosgrove (Keighley Cougars)
4 Steve Tyrer (Halifax)
5 Dalton Grant (Barrow Raiders)
6 Martyn Ridyard (Leigh Centurions)
7 Anthony Thackeray (Dewsbury Rams)
8 Tony Tonks (Halifax)
9 Scott Spaven (Doncaster)
10 David Mills (North Wales Crusaders)
11 Rob Spicer (Dewsbury Rams)
12 Josh Lynam (Keighley Cougars)
13 Josh Barlow (Swinton Lions)

#2819945 Rochdale’s Fijian flavour

Posted by League Express on 28 October 2013 - 03:00 PM

Rugby League World editor Gareth Walker relishes the prospect of tonight’s Fiji versus Ireland game at Spotland.

Of all the World Cup games that will take place over the next five weeks, few will hold the same cultural local significance as tonight’s Fiji and Ireland game in Rochdale.
 From the moment that the tournament was confirmed as being staged in this country, Rochdale Hornets and the town’s local authorities were desperate to host a match involving the Fijians.
The reason has been well documented ever since, and encouragingly has received extensive national and regional coverage in recent weeks.
Rochdale’s link with Fiji dates back to 1961 with the arrival of giant duo Joe Levula and Orsi Dawai, after the Hornets Chairman Arthur Walker had seen them playing rugby union while on the 1958 Great Britain tour to Australia.
The pair were the first of a host of Fijian arrivals in the town during the 1960s and 70s, and many of them stayed, ensuring that there are four generations of some Fijian families in Rochdale.
Two of those early arrivals, Voate Drui and Mike Ratu, still live in the town and have conducted a host of media appearances in recent weeks, lovingly recounting the days when they arrived in 1960s Rochdale from the South Pacific.
“It was so different from Fiji and our lives,” Drui, now 81, told BBC Radio Manchester last week.
“We had all this lovely thick snow on the ground – you had to be careful not to slip. It was a wonderful difference from Fiji but we were so happy.”
Drui arrived shortly after the initial two alongside Liatia Ravouvou, and there is a famous picture of all four being interviewed in the snow by the BBC’s Eddie Waring in 1963.
Drui has actually described the chance to move to Rochdale as being “like someone coming up to you and giving you a stick of gold” in one of his media interviews.
Thousands turned up to see their debuts at the old Athletic Grounds, and they were welcomed by the local community from the moment they landed. They would often be seen in local pubs with a guitar, singing traditional Fijian songs.
Ratu’s grandson, also called Mike and a former Leeds, Hull KR and Halifax centre, was in the Rochdale squad last season although injury restricted his impact, and another family member, Emon, was a popular backrower with Hornets during the 1990s.
Drui and Ratu’s passion for the town has shone through in last week’s media appearances, and they will help ensure a significant Fijian presence at Spotland tonight.  
There’s every chance they might treat supporters to the kind of communal hymn singing that the Fijian team provided both after their World Cup warm-up game against Hornets last weekend, and at a civic reception at Rochdale Town Hall a few days later.
Both genuinely moving recitals can be seen on YouTube.
To celebrate tonight’s match the town’s Flying Horse Hotel will be serving a traditional Fijian menu on the day of the game in addition to some Irish specialities
And the extensive build-up that the game has received is set to result in a first capacity crowd at Spotland for a Rugby League game since Rochdale Hornets beat Oldham on Boxing Day way back in 1989.
Drui and Ratu will be among them, watching the stars of today – the likes of Petero Civoniceva and Akuila Uate – provide a link to their own remarkable stories from the past.
It’s nights like tonight that will shape our memories of this year’s World Cup, and hopefully leave a lasting legacy for the towns in which they take place.

First published in League Express, Mon 28th Oct 2013

#2785449 Finn is a clear leader

Posted by League Express on 09 September 2013 - 09:03 AM

Liam Finn kicked six goals in Featherstone's 40-26 victory over Leigh Centurions in the Championship Qualifying Play-off game.

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#2780246 Skee sets triple record

Posted by League Express on 02 September 2013 - 10:17 AM

London Skolars halfback Dylan Skee set three club records – 99 goals and 228 points in a season, and became the club’s all-time leading goalkicker with 224, in Sunday's 30-30 draw at Oxford.

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#2775272 Bears combine with University

Posted by League Express on 26 August 2013 - 03:45 PM

COVENTRY BEARS, who are targeting elevation in coming years from the Hatton’s Solicitors National Conference League to the RFL’s Kingstone Press Championships, have combined with Coventry University in a scheme which offers talented players the opportunity to combine a Rugby League scholarship with studies.

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#2752439 Swinton celebrate their golden jubilee

Posted by League Express on 24 July 2013 - 09:14 AM

A galaxy of stars from the glory years of the sixties will be on parade at Swinton’s Championship clash with league leaders Featherstone at Leigh Sports Village on Sunday (3pm). It’s 50 years since the Lions won the Rugby League Championship title in 1963 and they have decided to celebrate the landmark at Sunday’s game.

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#2748920 RLWC2013 celebrate 100 days to go

Posted by League Express on 18 July 2013 - 10:14 AM



Today, Thursday July 18 marks 100 days to go to the kick-off of Rugby League World Cup 2013 and organisers are predicting a hectic final phase, with even stronger ticket sales as interest continues to build in both hemispheres.

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#2725642 Rugby League: A Critical History 1980-2013

Posted by League Express on 18 June 2013 - 10:18 AM

Rugby League: A Critical History 1980-2013 by Richard de la Rivière will be published in late June 2013 by League Publications Ltd. Reserve your copy now in the TotalRL.com Shop.
1980 was such a memorable year for Rugby League. It was the year that Hull KR and Hull FC met at Wembley, the year that Wigan were relegated, the year that professional rugby in London was re-born, the year that saw Steve Gearin score one of the great Grand Final tries and it was the year that Arthur Beetson and a couple of unheralded 20-year-olds called Wally Lewis and Mal Meninga launched State of Origin as their Queensland side, regarded by everybody else as no-hopers, stunned New South Wales.
Every year since, Rugby League’s players have continued to deliver, but under the surface the arguments continue to rage as Rugby League remains the most political of sports.
This book does much more than record the tries and the trophy gatherers.
It examines the key decisions that have been made along the way as the game, particularly in Britain, continues to search for its big breakthrough.
With a foreword by Garry Schofield OBE, the book examines the international scene from 1980, the domestic games in Britain and Australia as well as comprehensive histories of Australia's State of Origin and the highly coveted Golden Boot award.
The author has also compiled a list of the best 100 players from the last
33 years and there is a full statistical wrap up of all Great Britain and England internationals, all the major cup finals, award winners and world XIIIs.

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#2725581 Phelps extends Vikings stay

Posted by League Express on 18 June 2013 - 08:56 AM

Cameron Phelps has signed a two-year contract extension until the end of the 2015 season with Widnes Vikings.
"Me and my family are very happy here," said Phelps. "This club is growing and we're building. They are the two things that are very evident and you can see them immediately. Last year, we were wooden-spooners and this year we're progressing and if all goes according to plan, we could finish in a top 8 berth.
"Denis has got some good structures in place and the club is very sound from top to bottom. The core is very strong and it's important that we continue to work hard.
"Despite only extending for 2 more years, I still think that I've got another few years ahead of me after this contract expires. In a best case scenario, I'd like nothing more than to still be playing as well as Jon Clarke is, when I get to his age! If I could do that, I'd consider myself blessed."

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