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  1. Bit late posting this today folks, sorry, been queuing at the supermarket...
  2. I went onto the doorstep feeling a bit shy, expecting to be the only one, but the whole street was out there joining in. It was a lovely moment.
  3. Rugby League World - Issue 468 - Available to download now via the Rugby League World app or at www.totalrl.com/rlw In shops across the UK (those that are still open) from Friday 27th March Single copies available to order from www.totalrl.com/shop The sport of Rugby League, along with every other sport around the world, is reeling from the impact of the Coronavirus Pandemic, and this issue of Rugby League World was put together as the crisis was unfolding all around us. We’ve struck an optimistic note on the cover, which proudly proclaims ‘we’ll be back’ – and this applies to the magazine itself as well as the sport, as this will be our last issue until Rugby League returns to action (*). Before we go, we’ve got plenty to keep you informed and entertained during the enforced shutdown of life as we know it, so if you’re craving a Rugby League fix, grab a copy wherever and however you can! As well as a look at the unavoidable subject of how the pandemic will affect Rugby League in the short and long term, we’ve got an example from the past of how the game has coped with fixture pile-ups caused by lengthy postponements before. Can we learn any lessons? St Helens and England star Alex Walmsley writes for Rugby League World to give his thoughts on how the sport needs to support clubs outside Super League to survive the current crisis, and whether the Ashes series can continue. His Saints teammate, Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook answers our readers’ quirky questions in our latest Quickfire Q & A. Former Leeds Rhinos star Carl Ablett tell us what he's up to since his retirement from the game. Huddersfield Giants coach Simon Woolford give sus his unvarnished opinion on why his side made a better start to Super League this season than last, before everything ground to a halt. We talk to an Australian who has chosen to make a name for himself in the National Conference League with Wigan St Patricks and Keith Mason tells us about the next steps for his fictional Rugby League ‘superhero’ who may be on his way to Netflix soon. We have the lowdown on how the teams will line up in the Women’s Super League when the season resumes, plus her Featherstone teammates pay tribute to Natalie Harrowell who sadly passed away suddenly late last year. In the Championship, we take time out with Batley Bulldogs coach Craig Lingard, and in League 1, North Wales Crusaders stalwart Tommy Johnson talks to us about his nine year stint with the Welsh club. On the international scene, we have features on Captain Colombia, a new club in the Netherlands, a visit to one of the most remote teams in the world, Alau Eagles from the Cape York Peninsula in North Queensland, plus our regular round ups from France, Wales and Australia. And if you want to keep fit during the global lockdown, we’ve a new feature with training tips too. All this and plenty more. ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ (*) PUBLISHING SUSPENSION NOTICE ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ Due to the ongoing disruptions to daily life caused by the Coronavirus Pandemic, including the suspension of the entire Rugby League season both in the UK and in Australia, we have taken the very difficult decision to temporarily suspend publication of Rugby League World. Our primary concern is the health and safety of our team and our readers, and of course, the ongoing quality of the magazine itself. If you are a subscriber to the print or the digital edition, your subscriptions will be paused until we can resume publication. You do not need to take any further action, we will arrange this for you. If you pay for your subscription by quarterly Direct Debit, no further payments will be taken until we resume our normal publication cycle. You do not need to contact your bank or ourselves, we will arrange this for you. Unfortunately, none of us know how long this situation is likely to go on at the present time, but as the cover of this issue proudly proclaims, we'll be back, as soon as our sport returns to action. We hope you enjoy this issue, which was put together as the current crisis was evolving around us, and we would love to receive your feedback on it, along with your thoughts on any Rugby League related topic while we're away. Take care, stay safe, and we'll see you again as soon as we can! The Rugby League World Editorial Team
  4. Matt Shaw brings you the very latest in the world of Rugby League directly from his new kitchen at 5pm this evening on Freesports TV. Derek Beaumont joins the debate from one of his bedrooms while Luke Gale opts for a more casual lounge chair look. Not to be outdone Gareth Walker goes head to head with Damian Irvine for the “I’m in my study” look. And Ryan Brierley and Steve Mascord try to up the tempo with who’s got the brightest ceiling light in this very, very, special episode brought to you via the mobile phone network. Despite these difficult times there’s still top talk as the games future sails into uncharted waters and not a compass in sight. Rugby League Back Chat is sponsored by TotalRL.com
  5. Fair enough if you don't want to buy it. Each to their own. But just to clarify, this week's League Express has 24 pages, not 7. Best not to spread misconceptions y'know, it's hard enough for us to keep going as it is without folk spreading incorrect info about how many pages we're publishing. People's jobs are on the line here, guys. It's serious.
  6. Let's turn this into a retro match thread discussion! Cheer ourselves up, pretend it is actually happening live and we don't know the outcome.
  7. As of today, following the government lockdown announcement on Monday evening, League Publications Ltd staff are all now safely working from home. We have put a plan in place that will enable us to continue publishing League Express every Monday in both print and digital formats. It will be on sale in the usual outlets (those that remain open) and we will continue to fulfill subscriptions as normal via Royal Mail delivery. If you would like to take out a new print subscription or renew and existing one, please use our online shop to order as we are unable to answer telephone calls or process mail sent to our office for the time being. If you would like to try the digital edition instead, you can download the League Express app for your smartphone or tablet from your app store, or go to the Pocketmags website. If you have any subscription enquiries, you can send me a PM via the forum, post it below, or you can use the contact form on our website. Thanks for your support!
  8. Did you think a pandemic would stop us? Not a chance! League Express is out this week, as ever, as we strive to deliver you news, entertainment and insight during these uncertain times. Here's what's inside: A fresh update from RFL CEO Ralph Rimmer on the game's attempts to tackle the issues it is facing. The latest on Hull FC's head coach search. We have a STACK of interviews with some of the following... Dom Manfredi, Alex Walmsley, Brad Dwyer, Paul McShane, Josh Griffin, Tony Smith and Leroy Cudjoe. Steve McNamara gives insight into life in France, with the country under complete lockdown. Karl Fitzpatrick, Michael Carter, Paul King and Martin Vickers discuss the various issues their clubs are facing. Reports from all seven NRL games this weekend. Regular columnists Garry Schofield and Martyn Sadler. You can read selected highlights from League Express, right here on TotalRL.com Premium, from 8.30 pm on a Sunday night. For more info head here: https://www.totalrl.com/about-total-rugby-league-premium/ You can also get the full digital edition at www.totalrl.com/le from approx 9.30pm on Sunday or get a print copy in stores (those that are still open, anyway) from Monday. We could do with your support more than ever right now, so do please consider buying our content in whichever format you prefer, we really appreciate it.
  9. These are difficult days, and we are pondering one particularly difficult question right now, about whether to suspend the publication of Rugby League World magazine until the sport resumes after the Coronavirus pandemic is over. We would be grateful for your thoughts. Martyn Sadler is running an online poll on the matter via Twitter. Please vote if you can. The more feedback we get, the more confident that whatever decision we make, it is the right one to secure the longer term future of the magazine through this crisis.
  10. Definitely not that. We weren't allowed in during the recording, it would have looked a bit weird having me gurning away in the background. Bad enough with Matt gurning away in front of the camera. Don't tell him I said that, he still hasn't finished writing his copy for the next issue of Rugby League World and we're on deadline!!
  11. It's visible and working at my end. Anyone who can't access the audioplayer here can use the direct link below instead: https://audioboom.com/posts/7534448-the-total-rugby-league-show-18th-march-2020
  12. With the Rugby League season suspended due to the ongoing situation surrounding Covid-19, The Total Rugby League Show carries on regardless! On the show this week, host Ben Hughes was joined by Editor of TotalRL.com Matthew Shaw, Aaron Bower from The Guardian and Steve Brady from League Express. Tune in below: 
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