Wednesday, October 22, 2014
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When 17 is your lucky number

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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 »

Jamal Idris in club swap

Former Australian Test threequarter Jamal Idris has left the Gold Coast to link with Penrith Panthers, in a player swap for Brad Tighe The 23-year-old Idris, homesick for his family in Sydney, asked for a release on compassionate grounds and was quickly allowed to leave. The Titans wanted to free up some money – they were paying Idris $500,000 a ... Read More »

Kiwi test prop forward jailed

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Former Kiwi Test forward Russell Packer has been jailed for two years for an unprovoked, alcohol-fuelled attack on a fellow New Zealander outside a Sydney hotel in November. The sentence caught Packer and his lawyer by complete surprise. But the magistrate Greg Grogin told Packer in court: “Your behaviour on that night was nothing short of disgraceful. It is deplorable ... Read More »

Douglas delight as record looms

Scotland Player of the Year Luke Douglas is hoping to be able to carry play again for the Bravehearts at the end of the 2014 and 2015 seasons. Douglas, as was reported in last week’s League Express, was chosen as the Scottish Player of the Year by the team’s coaching staff, and he has confirmed to League Express that he ... Read More »

Denis Betts pleased with Widnes Vikings preparation

Widnes Vikings coach Denis Betts is pleased with his side’s pre-season preparation and has praised the impact his new signings have made. The 44-year-old former Great Britain forward also hinted that more new blood could be on the horizon. “I’m pretty comfortable with the squad but I’m always looking to add to it,” he said. “That’s my job. The major ... Read More »

Wolves in Bulls’ clothing

Bradford Bulls have signed three young Warrington Wolves players on short-term loans for their pre-season fixtures. James Saltonstall, Joe Philbin and Tom Walker have all joined the Bulls on initial four-week contracts, and will continue to train full-time whilst Warrington partake in a three-week training camp in Australia. Bradford coach Francis Cummins says the youngsters will help to bolster numbers ... Read More »

Jamie Langley sees future at Hull KR

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Hull KR’s Jamie Langley is enjoying himself so much at his new club that he already wants to extend his stay. The 30 year-old signed a 12-month deal with the Robins after his release by Bradford Bulls, where he had previously spent his entire career. But he has been so impressed by what he has seen that he is already ... Read More »

Wire legend ‘Ockher’ passes away

Former Warrington Wolves kitman and groundsman Roy Aspinall, who was known by everybody as ‘Ockher’, has passed away at the age of 76. Aspinall was one of the game’s most colourful characters. Although he hailed from St Helens he had been connected with Warrington club for 42 years. Ockher was the head doorman at Wigan Casino before being brought to ... Read More »

Louis Anderson granted leave

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Catalan Dragons expect Louis Anderson to be back with the club next month after granting the New Zealander a period of leave for family reasons. Anderson will miss two friendly games but is expected to return to Perpignan before the start of the 2014 Super League season. “Louis asked us to go back to his native country to be close ... Read More »

Brough and Cudjoe hit the ground running

Huddersfield Giants skipper Danny Brough and centre Leroy Cudjoe have made a quick start to pre-season, after joining back up with the rest of the squad last week. Both players played major roles in the World Cup, for Scotland and England respectively. Brough was instrumental in leading the Bravehearts to the quarter-final with New Zealand, whilst Cudjoe played in every ... Read More »