Wednesday, October 1, 2014
Rugby League News

Rugby League News

Boxing day special: Sonny Bill Williams in the ring


I know, I know, Boxing Day is named after employers giving their staff Christmas ‘boxes’, and has absolutely nothing to do with the one-on-one combat sport, but I couldn’t resist. Here’s a video of New Zealand dual-code sensation Sonny Bill Williams fighting Alipate Liava’a in 2011. Read More »

Not so Stella Christmas presents

Scroll down to see what Christmas present Malcolm thinks SBW should be handing out this year.

Malcolm Andrews gives his compliments of the season. Apologies to everyone if I sound a bit like the Grinch. But it is that time of year again … the time when everyone descends on the main shopping centres at the same time to make my life a misery. It becomes virtually impossible to find a parking spot when you are ... Read More »

Rugby League World Cup Final 2013 video highlights

Australia lifting the 2013 World Cup. ©RLphotos

Rugby League World Cup Final 2013 video highlights: It’s now over three weeks since the Australians ruthlessly wrestled the World Cup back from New Zealand hands at Old Trafford. After leading New Zealand 16-2 in the first half the Kangaroos went further ahead with a superb try within one minute of the restart. It was downhill from there – Johnathan ... Read More »

Championship news: No more Rovers exits

Featherstone Rovers coach John Bastian says there will be no more departures from his squad, after Liam Finn, Jonny Hepworth and Lamont Bryan all left last week. Finn and Bryan were allowed to leave, with the scrum-half quickly joining Castleford, while Hepworth was forced to retire because of a persistent back injury. But Bastian already had a significant squad for ... Read More »

Championship news: Centurions confirm Kay

Leigh Centurions have formally confirmed the signing of much-coveted utility back Liam Kay. The former Wakefield junior has signed a two-year contract at the club after weeks of speculation. Kay was believed to be wanted by the Wildcats, last year’s dual-registration club Doncaster, and Championship big guns Featherstone and Halifax at different stages of the close-season. But he decided instead ... Read More »

Omar Khan still owns Bradford Bulls


Bradford Bulls have revealed that Omar Khan is still the club’s owner, though work is going on behind the scenes to transfer all the shares. As things stand, Mark Moore, Ian Watt and Andrew Calvert do not own all of the shares in ‘OK Bulls’, but they were clear that the process was ongoing. “The club is still owned by ... Read More »

Sonny Bill Williams returning to Rugby Union

Sonny Bill Williams, distraught at losing in the World Cup final. ©RLPhotos

New Zealand star Sonny Bill Williams has signed a two-year contract with New Zealand Rugby Union, which will see him change codes again in 2015. The exciting back-rower, 28, will return to Super Rugby champions the Chiefs with the 2015 World Cup firmly in his sights. He is also said to be interested in playing in the 2016 Olympic sevens ... Read More »

Up Stinky Creek without a paddle

Meet Jason Costigan.

Malcolm Andrews reflects on the activities of a former media manager for Bradford Bulls turned politician in Oz… One of the most prolific users of Facebook among my past and present media mates is a fellow that many Rugby League fans in Old Blighty will know … Jason Costigan. But then again, you should expect that behaviour from a former ... Read More »

The decision to keep McNamara on baffles me

The news that Steve McNamara will continue to coach England despite taking up a new position with the Sydney Roosters surprised more than a few of you, I’d imagine. For me, it’s one of the strangest decisions I’ve seen taken in Rugby League in a long time. I think it’s fair to say that opinions about Steve have been pretty ... Read More »

Craig Kopczak impressed by new team-mates


Huddersfield Giants frontrower Craig Kopczak is back in pre-season training after the World Cup, and he insists that he and his team-mates have a clear goal as they head into 2014. The Giants lifted the League Leaders’ Shield last season, but lost out in the play-off semi-finals to Warrington at the Halliwell Jones Stadium. Kopczak says he is confident Huddersfield ... Read More »

Rugby League a Wembley winner

The Rugby League World Cup 2013 has beaten off competition from the FA Cup Final, the Champions League Final, the NFL and several other major sporting and musical events, including The Killers and Bruce Springsteen, to be named Best Wembley Moment of 2013. New Zealand’s thrilling clash with England, which was decided by Shaun Johnson’s try in the final minute, ... Read More »

Competition: Win a 2014 Wigan Warriors shirt

You have two ways to win one of two Wigan Warriors shirts in this superb free competition. ©WiganWarriors

League Express has teamed up with Wigan Warriors to offer readers the chance to win one of two 2014 Wigan Warriors shirts. For your chance to take home one of the above jerseys, you have two options. The easiest and simplest way is to susbcribe to our free newsletter (everyone on our database is automatically entered into all our competitions). ... Read More »