Friday, September 19, 2014
Rugby League News

Rugby League News

Rugby League news: England set for NZ double

Sonny Bill Williams. ©RLphotos

England are expected to kick off their autumn Four Nations campaign against Fiji or Samoa in an Auckland double header in late October. Talks are currently taking place over the schedule of this year’s tournament in the southern hemisphere, and Steve McNamara’s side is set to play two games in New Zealand. Under the plans England will face either Fiji ... Read More »

Castleford Tigers set to burn bright

Jordan Tansey in action for Castleford on Boxing Day. ©RLphotos

Tim Butcher talks to Castleford coach Daryl Powell about the Tigers’ prospects for the 2014 season… If Castleford make the play-offs in 2014, it could be argued that the Tigers’ progression began in May of last season, when former Great Britain centre Daryl Powell made the switch from neighbours Featherstone to coach his local Super League side. A side that ... Read More »

A new year demands a new approach to the amateur game

The Big Fellas Stadium, home to Featherstone Rovers and, in the Christmas break, the Yorkshire Cup final. ©RLphotos

Talking grassroots Rugby League with Phil Hodgson 2013 hasn’t been a bad year for amateur Rugby League, even if it closed with torrid scenes on and off the pitch at the Big Fellas Stadium, Post Office Road, Featherstone. The players of Stanningley and West Hull under 18s did themselves, their clubs and their sport a real disservice by their conduct ... Read More »

Richard Agar happy with Wildcats squad

Richard Agar. ©RLphotos

Wakefield Trinity Wildcats coach Richard Agar goes in to the New Year relatively pleased with the shape of his squad for Super League XIX. Having been forced to shed some players in the light of a £400,000 income shortfall uncovered at the end of last season, the pre-Christmas capture of Samoan international half back or hooker Pita Godinet from New ... Read More »

What to look forward to in 2014

Catalan Dragons full-back Morgan Escare is one of the hottest prospects in the game right now. ©RLphotos

  Yesterday and today I have been discussing 2013 and those we have lost. There have also been plenty of newcomers, as always, to brighten up the Rugby League scene. Two young French stars made their debuts in Super League this season in Morgan Escaré and Theo Fages, while other young debutants who will surely make their mark in the ... Read More »

A tribute to those lost in 2013


Yesterday, looking back at the Rugby League year that was, we discussed the players moving on in 2014. Then there are those people we have lost for good. Steve Prescott was the most devastating loss to the Rugby League community as a whole after he put up such a remarkable fight against the cancer that eventually killed him, but there ... Read More »

Bring back the County Cup!


Former Great Britain star Garry Schofield on a disappointing visit to Headingley… I went to the Leeds-Wakefield game on Boxing Day, but no amount of positivity could convince anyone who went that it was even a half-decent game. With such a high admission fee, fans just aren’t getting value for money at pre-season games any more. 
 I wrote last ... Read More »

The stories that made Rugby League headlines in 2013


Paul Sculthorpe is awarded an MBE in the New Year’s Honours List. Leeds and England captain Kevin Sinfield wins the League Express Readers’ Poll as the Player of the Year for 2012. The arrival of Marwan Koukash in January as the new owner and saviour of Salford City Reds. The RFL launched its new ‘Extraordinary Rugby’ marketing campaign in January. ... Read More »

Those who are moving on in 2014


At the end of every year it’s time to reflect on the people whose career has come to a close. On the field, this year has seen the end of the respective playing careers of Lee Briers, Stuart Fielden, Paul Prescott, Shaun Briscoe, Steve Menzies and several other players. Lee Briers was the longest serving one-club man in the game, ... Read More »

A look back over the year that was

The Cook Islands in action at the 2013 Rugby League World Cup. ©RLphotos

And so we come to the start of another year. Inevitably it’s a time to look back over the year that was, and to consider whether it’s been a good or a bad one. With the great success of the World Cup, and despite England’s heartbreaking defeat in the semi-final, we caught a glimpse of how good Rugby League can ... Read More »