Monday, September 22, 2014
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Kiwis officially advertise Head Coach position


New Zealand Rugby League have formally advertised the position of Head Coach, which was previously held by Stephen Kearney, whose contract expired after the World Cup last year. The incumbent, who guided the Kiwis to 2008 World Cup glory, will re-apply for the position. Anyone else wishing to do so has until January 31. “We have a big year in ... Read More »

Energy supplier revealed as new headline sponsor of Super League


Super League have announced they have secured a lucrative headline sponsorship deal for the next three seasons. In a refreshing change from last season’s sponsor-less season, and the infamous Eddie Stobart deal before that, in which lorry-side advertising was swapped for the title, with no money changing hands, independent energy supplier First:Utility have laid down a rumoured £750,000 a year. ... Read More »

Is peace breaking out?

It might go down in history as the ‘Langtree Park Agreement’, after the 14 Super League clubs finally backed the RFL’s plans to introduce the ‘two x 12s go into three eights’ league structure. A little bit like the Munich Agreement of 1938 some cynics might observe, but nevertheless the six Super League clubs, six of the biggest and most ... Read More »

Letter of the week: The Wigan factor

Wigan fans. ©RLphotos

I have looked at attendance figures for Super League season 2013 and I have been interested in how a club’s attendance changes when Wigan visit each club. Friendlies, cup matches, Magic Weekend games and end of season play-offs have not been included, so this leaves the 13 home games played by each team, ie 12 home games together with one ... Read More »

Championship preview: Workington hoping for World Cup boost


Workington Town head coach Gary Charlton explains to Paul English why his club is heading in the right direction in the Championship in 2014… Workington Town will look to add to their squad as they continue their preparations for the new season. Town issued their squad numbers at the weekend with the list containing just 20 names and numbers. “We ... Read More »

Super League to feature 12 teams from 2015

Super League will become a 12-team competition from 2015 after the 14 member clubs today backed plans to introduce an innovative new league structure. From next year, Rugby League’s elite competition will feature 12 clubs alongside a 12-team Championship that splits into three groups of eight. At a meeting in St Helens, the clubs voted unanimously to return promotion and ... Read More »

When 17 is your lucky number

Legendary full-back Paul Wellens. ©RLPhotos

St Helens star Paul Wellens will be going into his seventeenth Super League season in 2014. The Saints fullback made his debut in 1998, but this season he will find himself reverting to a shirt that he last wore in the year 2000. Back then Wellens wore shirt number 17, before he took over the number 1 shirt from Paul ... Read More »

Super League 2014 preview: St Helens


Size and stability augur well for Saints Tim Butcher discusses the season ahead with St Helens coach Nathan Brown… Nathan Brown’s first year in charge at Langtree Park couldn’t have started much worse. A 40-4 home humbling by Huddersfield was eye-opening to say the least. By the start of March, things had got a lot rosier. A 22-10 win at ... Read More »

Talking Grass Roots: Petty politics reflect poorly


There has been a lot of focus over the last two or three weeks on cup draws. In these instances, however, the attention hasn’t so much been on who has been paired with whom, but on who has not been included. Plenty has been said already about the unfortunate decision to exclude several leading amateur sides from the 2014 Tetley’s ... Read More »

The Rookies ready to roar in Super League 2014


TotalRL checks out the young players who could make a big impression in the new Super League season as contenders for the Albert Goldthorpe Rookie of the Year Medal… Every year Super League welcomes a host of young players who are hoping to make the big breakthrough into first grade, perhaps as potential superstars. And every year, prior to the ... Read More »

Thurston takes Golden Boot

Johnathan Thurston

Johnathan Thurston has become only the third man to win Rugby League World’s coveted Gold Boot on two occasions. The Australia and North Queensland Cowboys stand-off edged out England forward Sam Burgess to follow up his success in 2011. Thurston caught the attention of the 13-man voting panel with his man-of-the-match performance in the World Cup final win over New ... Read More »

Why Andrew Johns phoned me over Christmas


Garry Schofield reveals why he was recently telephoned by Aussie legend Andrew Johns… I had a nice surprise over the holiday period when Andrew Johns phoned me from Australia. As I’m sure most of our readers are aware, Johns works as a freelance specialist halfback coach, working with a number of NRL clubs. All our readers will know that he’s ... Read More »