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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Rugby League Heroes: David Burke

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

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)

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)

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

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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Rugby League Heroes: Neil Holding

Neil Holding played 343 times for St Helens between 1977 and 1989, scoring 145 tries. He was the first-choice scrum half for the Lions on…

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Rugby League Heroes: Ikram Butt (Part 2)

In part two of our interview with the former England winger Ikram Butt, he discusses his professional playing days, his time in prison and the…

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Rugby League Heroes: Ikram Butt (Part 1)

Richard de la Riviere speaks to a former player who came from an untypical Rugby League background There are few Rugby League personalities with a…

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