Handling a career-ending injury

In the first part of our Rugby League Heroes Q & A with Phil Clarke, he talked us through his Wigan, Great Britain and England…

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Rugby League Heroes Q & A: Phil Clarke – A Wigan prodigy

Having firmly established himself as one of the world’s best backrowers, Phil Clarke’s playing career ended prematurely in 1996 when, aged 24, he broke his…

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Rugby League Heroes: John ‘Keith’ Bridges

John ‘Keith’ Bridges followed in his father’s footsteps in becoming one of the game’s best hookers. Christened John, but nicknamed Keith after his dad, Bridges…

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Rugby League Heroes: Frank Endacott

One of Rugby League’s great international coaches, Frank Endacott led New Zealand to three wins over Australia and a further seven over Great Britain (or…

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Hetherington laments Super League’s unfulfilled potential

Super League celebrates its 25th birthday on Monday, having kicked off on 29 March 1996 in Paris. According to Gary Hetherington, however, it has failed…

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Rugby League Heroes: David Burke – The player who picked up the pen

David Burke is a rare example of a Rugby League journalist who pulled on the boots and played the sport professionally. After three seasons with…

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Rugby League Heroes: Tony Grimaldi – Former Hull captain who won an NRL Grand Final

Tony Grimaldi was an outstanding backrow forward for Canterbury, Gateshead and Hull in the 1990s and 2000s. His first senior try came in the 1998…

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Rugby League Heroes: Lee Crooks (Part 2) – Finding the right Rugby League role

In part 1 of this interview Lee Crooks talked us through his international career among other things. On the domestic front, he signed for Hull…

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Rugby League Heroes: Lee Crooks (Part 1) – Great potential only partly fulfilled

One of the great ball-playing forwards of the 1980s and 1990s, Lee Crooks represented Hull, Castleford and Great Britain with distinction. He captained the Black…

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Rugby League Heroes: David Barends – Great Britain’s South African tourist

David Barends was one of many South Africans who was denied the chance to fulfil his potential because of the appalling apartheid regime. Hailing from…

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