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  1. Inside this week's issue: Pull out guide to all the 2021 Super League fixtures. An exclusive story on the continuing financial fallout following the demise of Toronto Wolfpack. Wolves skipper reacts to news of Steve Price's departure. Wakefield boss Chris Chester on dealing with online abuse as a Rugby League coach. An interview with one of Leeds Rhinos' emerging young stars. York gearing up for their debut performance at their new stadium. Martyn Sadler reviews the Super League fixture list. Garry Schofield takes up the theme of rookies in Super League in 2021. Gareth Walker sees old sparks re-igniting at the Bulls in 2021. Super League Previews for Wakefield Trinity and Warrington Wolves. The second part of our in-depth interview with Rugby League Hero Lee Crooks. A tribute to Matt King OBE. The latest from the grassroots as on-field action looks set to resume soon. A round up from all the pre-season preparations in the NRL. Plus much more, as always. You can read selected highlights from League Express on TotalRL.com Premium from 8.30 pm on a Sunday night. For more info head here: https://www.totalrl.com/premium-subscription/ You can also get the full digital edition at www.totalrl.com/le from approx 9pm.
  2. Here are your latest teasers! RFL planning to restore Rugby League governance. Leigh Chairman stands out against private equity abort payment. RFL backtracks on Prince William replacing Harry as patron. Dragons confident of making the starting line. Martyn Sadler questions Sky's coverage of Rugby League. Garry Schofield pays tribute to Billy Thompson. Gareth Walker on the coaches stepping up from the Championship. Super League Previews for Hull FC and Salford Red Devils. Championship previews for London Broncos and Oldham. We pick out the rookies to watch in 2021. Our latest Rugby League Hero interviewee is Lee Crooks. A full report from the season opener down under between the Indigenous All Stars and Maori All Stars. Plus much more, as always. You can read selected highlights from League Express on TotalRL.com Premium from 8.30 pm on a Sunday night. For more info head here: https://www.totalrl.com/premium-subscription/ You can also get the full digital edition at www.totalrl.com/le from approx 9pm.
  3. Garry Schofield’s top six for 2020 The start of the new Super League season is less than six weeks away, and I’ve already predicted how the bottom half of the table will look in September. Here’s how I see the top half... https://www.totalrl.com/garry-schofields-top-six-for-2020/
  4. First Spanish Rugby League coaches qualified The Asociación Española de Rugby League (AERL) has hosted its first technical course with 24 new local coaches receiving their Level 1 certificate after the two-day gathering in Albal, Valencia. Six clubs were present - Irreductibles Mislata RL, RL Albal Valencian Warriors, Rugby Sciences Valencia, CR Edetans Montcada, Alzira Rugby Club, UER Montcada – in addition to a delegation from Madrid, to receive instruction from RLEF Coaching Manager Martin Crick and fellow tutor, Spanish-speaking Tiziano Franchini from the Federazione Italiana Rugby League. The AERL hailed the: “Extraordinary work of Martin and Tiziano and the great atmosphere created by the course. Thanks to the RLEF the work that was carried out has been unforgettable for all of Spanish rugby league,” said secretary general Aitor Davila. Juan Pablo Range from Irreductibles Mislata RL added: "Everyone is more engaged and eager to grow this project now. Today we all have clear concepts and even more enthusiasm and love for rugby league." Gonzalo Morro of Valencia Sciences commented: "Having professionals like Martin and Tiziano for the whole weekend was a luxury - today I feel like a great professional." The AERL expects to run a five-match club championship this year.
  5. League Express editorial, 20th Jan 2014 Is peace breaking out? http://www.totalrl.com/web/peace-breaking/ (Online poll: How do you feel about the RFL's 2x12 & 3x8 plan to restructure the leagues in 2015?)
  6. On Sunday October 13 the original Rugby League World Cup trophy will go back on public display at the Midland Hotel in Bradford, from where it was famously stolen, over 40 years ago, on the night of Sunday, November 1 1970. RFL Historian Tony Collins commented: “The disappearance for 20 years of the Rugby League World Cup trophy is one of the great sporting mysteries but fortunately it is one with a happy ending and it will be a little slice of sporting history when it re-appears in the lobby at the Midland Hotel in Bradford” Click here to view the article
  7. Rugby League World Magazine turns its attentions towards this autumn’s World Cup with a bumper preview of the event in this month’s issue, online now and in shops Fri 11th Oct. Every side is analysed and assessed in a comprehensive team-by-team guide, while Robbie Hunter-Paul gives his verdict on whether England can topple giants Australia and New Zealand to lift the trophy. Jamie Jones-Buchanan speaks to one man looking to write another chapter in his own World Cup legacy – Wales coach Iestyn Harris, who twice made the semi-finals as a player. We also look back on Great Britain’s famous World Cup triumph over Australia in Paris 1972. Elsewhere, we look at Wigan’s stunning Grand Final win over Warrington at Old Trafford, and pay tribute to the careers of both Shaun McRae and Steve Menzies as they head back to Australia. In the Championships, we focus on Mitchell Stringer’s role in Sheffield Eagles’ success this season, and Rochdale Hornets’ historic play-off final win over Oldham. With regular columnists Dave Hadfield, Steve Mascord and Nigel Wiskar also taking their monthly looks at the sport, it’s another packed edition of Rugby League World.
  8. Hull FC have signed Bath rugby union winger Tom Biggs. The 29-year-old, who was originally spotted when a schoolboy at Hymers College, says it’s a dream come true. Click here to view the article
  9. RLWC2013 in partnership with the Salford-based social landlord, City West Housing Trust, has announced that Children will be admitted free to the international friendly, England v Italy (Salford City Stadium, Saturday October 19, 4.30pm). As part of the same partnership, Under-16s will also be able to watch the preceding match for free (England Knights v Samoa, same venue, 2.00 pm), making it a wonderful international double-header afternoon. “Our match against Italy is an important part of our preparations ahead of Rugby League World Cup 2013," said England coach Steve McNamara, from England’s training camp in Potchefstroom, South Africa. Click here to view the article
  10. RLWC2013 have announced the full 24-man squads for all competitng nations in the 2013 Rugby League World Cup. Click here to view the article
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  12. http://www.laurent-perrier.com/en/#vins/les-vins-de-champagnes Rugby League World Cup 2013 has today announced a sponsorship deal with premier champagne house, Laurent-Perrier, who become the Official Champagne Supplier for RLWC2013. Rugby League World Cup 2013 kicks off on October 26 with a spectacular Opening Ceremony and double header of matches featuring England against Australia, and Wales taking on Italy. To make sure you’ll BE THERE buy now at: www.rlwc2013.com/tickets or call the 24-hour Ticket Hotline on 0844 847 2013. Click here to view the article
  13. Rugby League World Cup 2013 has launched a new television advert promoting the Opening Ceremony and double header at the Millennium Stadium on October 26. View the ad here: bit.ly/rlwc2013ad Fans at Saturday evening’s Super League Grand Final were given an exclusive first look at the video, which features England players Gareth Widdop, Sam Burgess, Tom Briscoe, Kevin Sinfield and Sam Tomkins. Click here to view the article
  14. England Rugby League are delighted to announce that Moss Bros will be the national team’s official formal suit supplier for Rugby League World Cup 2013. Watch the video of England players being fitted for their Moss Bros suits here http://bit.ly/11RnFo5 Building on the successful relationship established between England and Moss Bros in 2012, the extended partnership will involve England full-back Sam Tomkins becoming the face of the Moss Bespoke collection, and a brand ambassador for 2013 and 2014. Click here to view the article
  15. Widnes Vikings have continued their recruitment for the 2014 Super League season, by signing Hull FC prop forward Paul Johnson on a one-year contract. Click here to view the article
  16. The Grand Finals issue of League Express is in shops and online now. Includes full coverage of the Super League Grand Final between Wigan Warriors and Warrington Wolves at Old Trafford, the NRL Grand Final between Sydney Roosters and Manly Sea Eagles plus the latest Rugby League news and views from Super League and the Championships to the grassroots, from the UK and worldwide. Cover dated Monday 7th October 2013.
  17. Cameron Smith will lead Australia in the 2013 Rugby League World Cup, with the Australian Rugby League Commission today announcing a 24-man tour squad that features three debutants and three members of the NRL Grand Final teams. Click here to view the article
  18. Huddersfield Giants have signed Antonio Kaufusi, released by London Broncos, on a two-year contract. Click here to view the article
  19. Form halfback Joe Mellor has signed a two-year extension to his current Widnes Vikings contract until the end of the 2016 season. Click here to view the article
  20. Richard Silverwood has been appointed as referee for the 2013 Super League Grand final between Warrington Wolves and Wigan Warriors at Old Trafford on Saturday (6.00pm). Click here to view the article
  21. On Tuesday 29 October, just three days after the opening ceremony of the 2013 Rugby League World Cup, RLIF Chairman Scott Carter will be speaking to the UK’s Parliamentary Rugby League Group about the tournament and the international game. Click here to view the article
  22. Hull FC have strengthened their forward line for 2014 with the signing of back rower Chris Tuson from Wigan Warriors on a two-year deal. Click here to view the article
  23. Adam Walker has signed a contract extension that will keep him with Hull KR until the end of 2017. Click here to view the article
  24. RUGBY Football League chief executive Nigel Wood hailed Sunday's Kingstone Press Championships Finals Day as one to remember. Click here to view the article
  25. Rugby League fans are being urged to move quickly to guarantee their seat for a sporting classic to savour at Old Trafford next Saturday, when Warrington Wolves and Wigan Warriors contest the 2013 Super League Grand Final. RFL Chief Operating Officer Ralph Rimmer said: “It promises to be a compelling match at the Theatre of Dreams and my advice to anyone who has not yet purchased their ticket is to do so as quickly as possible to ensure they don’t miss out.” Click here to view the article
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