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Issue 436 (August 2017) – On Sale Friday 28th July

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Welcome to Rugby League World, Issue 436 (August 2017)

It’s been a long time coming, but Salford Red Devils finally seem to be emerging from the shadows to establish themselves as a major force in the game. After last season’s great escape in the Million Pound Game, they are challenging for top honours this year and we take a look at how our cover stars have turned things around in a special feature.

Should Rugby League players have more of a say in how the game is run, how much they earn and more control over their welfare at work? How can they achieve that following the demise of the players union League 13? We investigate those issues and contrast the situation here in Britain with the position in Australia where players have much more clout.

Staying down under, as the Queensland Maroons chalk up another State of Origin victory, we ask if the success of that tournament could actually be damaging the NRL.

Former England boss Steve McNamara has returned from the NRL to take up the challenge at Catalans Dragons and he tells us about his plans to revitalise the underachieving French club.

We catch up with Super League stars Morgan Knowles (Saints), Tom Briscoe (Leeds), Tony Clubb (Wigan) plus Leigh’s new signing Daniel Mortimer and ask top Championship coaches if there is a glass ceiling blocking their chances of progressing to a higher level.

In addition to all this we have our regular line up of grassroots, women’s and international features to make Rugby League World a great read for the whole game.

If you haven’t bought the mag for a while, now’s the time to dive right back in. If you’re new to Rugby League World, give it a try, we hope you enjoy it!

Once you had a read, come back and tell us your thoughts, we encourage feedback from our readers via Twitter, Facebook and here on the Forums (see links below) and we use it to make the mag even better in future.

John Drake, Editor

Rugby League World Magazine is your ‘access all areas’ pass behind the scenes of the world of Rugby League.

Every month, packed with the colour and detail behind the news with views and analysis from the sport’s leading writers and personalities. Rugby League World is essential reading for anyone who cares about Rugby League, wherever and by whoever the greatest game is played.

Established in 1976 as ‘Open Rugby’, the magazine adopted the title Rugby League World in 1999.

Rugby League World is widely available from newsagents in the United Kingdom. It is also available on postal subscription in the UK and worldwide.


Rugby League World is delighted to offer one lucky reader the chance to win a signed copy of ‘Boxer – The Life of a Cumbrian Great’ – the authorised biography of Arnold ‘Boxer’ Walker by Mike Gardner.

For your chance to win, just answer the following question:

What position did Arnold ‘Boxer’ Walker play?

(a) Full-back
(b) Scrum-half
(c) Loose-forward

Send your entry by email (plus your name and full postal address in case you win!) to:

Or, write your answer plus your full name, address and daytime telephone number on a postcard or the back of a sealed envelope and send it to:

Boxer Book Competition, Rugby League World, Wellington House, Briggate, Brighouse, HD6 1DN.

Closing Date: 16th August 2017

More about the prize…

The ranks of professional Rugby League are liberally peppered with men whose reputations for being iron-hard were forged in the blistering furnace of battle – but they didn’t come any tougher than Arnold ‘Boxer’ Walker.
So revered was this west Cumbrian that in 1977, Open Rugby magazine named him the best scrum half in the world. He was dubbed by one coach ‘the George Best of Rugby League’ and among his more colourful exploits was to fall down drunk in a dressing room just hours before a county cup final – a game in which he collected the man-of-the-match award after engineering a famous Cumbrian victory over Yorkshire.
Boxer’s story is also in part a social history of a half-forgotten era when coal mines were the economic bed rock of close-knit communities across the north. He shines a light into what life was like in a claustrophobic Cumbrian pit deep below the Irish Sea and you will join him in the Workington Town dressing room on the afternoon they beat mighty Wigan to win the Lancashire Cup for the only time in the club’s history.
You will also find out about the great players and coaches who helped to burnish his rugged skills and why he was always a prized target for violent forwards, years before the slick presentation of the Super League by Sky TV with its HD quality pictures and video replays.
Boxer’s story is full of highs and lows including the day he was felled so heavily at the Recreation Ground that a rumour spread around the terraces that the tackle had killed him.
Always exciting, uplifting, poignant, revealing and ultimately triumphant, ‘Boxer: The Life of a Rugby Great’ is a towering story of one of Cumbria’s finest-ever home-grown players and of a sporting character almost without compare.

Boxer: The Life of a Cumbria Great is not available outside Cumbria but you can order a copy on ebay. Just type Boxer Walker into the search box.