Saturday, September 20, 2014
Rugby League News

Rugby League News

Win tickets to the 2014 Grand Final

Wigan won team of the year. ©RLphotos

We are giving you the chance to vote for the players and clubs who you think have made the biggest impact in Rugby League in 2013. An expert panel gathered together by Rugby League Express has nominated the players and coaches who we think have made the biggest contribution to the season. We are inviting you to vote for the ... Read More »

London Broncos will still be competitive, says Gus Mackay

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London Broncos chief executive Gus Mackay insists that Tony Rea’s side will be competitive in 2014, despite having just twelve players signed with nine weeks until the start of the season. The Broncos were saved from administration when they agreed a two-year ground share with Barnet FC on Friday. The announcement was the culmination of six months of talks amid ... Read More »

Wigan Warriors ignored at SPOTY, but now it’s your choice

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Not that they’ll be needing it, but commiserations to Wigan Warriors, who would have been worthy winners of the Team of the Year award at Sunday’s BBC Sports Personality of the Year ceremony. It was no big surprise they weren’t even mentioned. Luckily you will still be able to decide whether Wigan have been the club of 2013. This week ... Read More »

Steve McNamara still England coach, now based in Sydney

Steve McNamara will continue as England coach on a part-time basis alongside an assistant role at Sydney Roosters. ©RLphotos

England coach Steve McNamara is confident he will be able to prepare his side to play in the 2014 Four Nations tournament in Australasia, despite the fact that he will be based in Sydney from next month, when he flies out to join Sydney Roosters as an assistant coach to former Catalan Dragons coach Trent Robinson under a two-year contract. ... Read More »

Derby debut for Paul Aiton

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Papua New Guinea hooker Paul Aiton will make his Leeds Rhinos debut against former club Wakefield Trinity Wildcats on Boxing Day. Leeds coach Brian McDermott has named his starting 13 for the festive fixture and the 28-year-old will line up alongside Ian Kirke and Ryan Bailey on the front row. McDermott’s most notable selection is fullback Zak Hardaker, who starts ... Read More »

Sport England survey reveals Rugby League growth

The latest Sport England survey shows an increase in the number of people playing Rugby League over the last year. Between October 2012 and October 2013, the number of weekly participants rose from 48,600 to 53,500. And Rugby League was unique in that no other team sport registered an increase across that 12-month period. Football suffered a loss of 96,600 ... Read More »

Steve McCormack backs Celtic idea ‘in principle’

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Scotland boss Steve McCormack said he would consider coaching a Celtic side featuring players from Scotland, Wales and Ireland against England as a way to prepare and select the Great Britain team for 2015. In last week’s League Express, editor Martyn Sadler proposed a State-of-Origin-like clash between England and the Celtic nations to replace the Exiles match that has featured ... Read More »

Wigan miss out on Sports Personality recognition

Not that they’ll be needing it, but commiserations to Wigan Warriors, who would have been worthy winners of the Team of the Year award at last night’s (Sunday) BBC Sports Personality of the Year ceremony. It was no big surprise they weren’t even nominated. Luckily you will still be able to decide whether Wigan have been the club of 2013. ... Read More »

Video: Sonny Bill Williams boxing

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We all know Sonny Bill Williams loves a scrap. Search his name on YouTube and you’ll find all manner of NRL punch-ups featuring the New Zealander and, more often than not, four or five others struggling to fend him off. He decided to put that fighting spirit to good use and, as many of you will know, began a professional ... Read More »

Morgan Escaré signs three-year Dragons deal

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Exciting French full-back Morgan Escaré has signed a three-year extension to his Catalan Dragons contract. The 22-year-old was voted 2013 rookie of the year at the Super League outfit and was one of the World Cup’s shining lights. He scored 15 tries in 17 games in his debut season. “I’m really happy to sign this new contract. It’s great to ... Read More »

It is good to see the RFL rejecting gimmicks

Kevin Sinfield in action for England at the RLWC2013. ©RLphotos

I’m very glad to see that the RFL has rubbished the idea that England or Great Britain is being lined up to play a hybrid form of rugby against the touring Australian Wallabies rugby union team next December. After a superb World Cup tournament, the last thing our game surely needs is a gimmicky match of this sort against rugby ... Read More »

What qualities should a Golden Boot winner have?

It is tough to pick the winner of the prestigious Golden Boot, says League Express editor Martyn Sadler. ©RLphotos

The latest edition of Rugby League World magazine has named the six players who have been shortlisted for this year’s Golden Boot award. The winner will be announced in the issue of the magazine that is due for publication on 17 January, so there is plenty of time for us to mull over who the winner should be. Johnathan Thurston ... Read More »