RUGBY LEAGUE WORLD – ISSUE 491 (DEC 2023) – AVAILABLE FROM 24th NOV
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In November, the Beatles returned to Number One in the pop charts for the first time in 54 years. It hasn’t taken Sam Burgess quite that long to return to British rugby league from down under, but he is aiming for the top spot too, as he plots to transform the fortunes of perennially underperforming Warrington Wolves in his first head coaching role. Slammin’ Sam talks to Rugby League World about his ambitions for the club in a wide-ranging interview inside this issue.
We look back at a job well done for England as they secured a 3-0 series whitewash against Tonga, while their opponents return home defeated but full of pride. Tom Johnstone, Robbie Mulhern and Kristian Woolf talk to us about their differing experiences of the series.
Still on the international scene, we discuss the ramifications of a spectacular defeat for Australia at the hands of New Zealand in the Pacific Cup, and the disagreements between France and England, the leading protagonists of wheelchair rugby league, over the rules of this fast-growing branch of the sport.
In the women’s game, Georgia Roche’s decision to play down under in the NRLW paid immediate dividends with a Grand Final win in her first year, but she tells us why England is still close to her heart.
Featherstone missed out on promotion on the field this year, and we hear from the club about their changed priorities for next season following the introduction of the IMG grading system.
An unusual League One debut with West Wales Raiders opened the door to a professional career in Cumbria for Ulverston amateur Connor Saunders. The newly recruited Workington Town hooker talks to us about his amazing lucky break.
Amongst your favourite regular features, we pay tribute to a host of stars retiring from the game and choose our teams of the year. Take a look at our selections throughout the mag and tell us if you agree or not, and who you would have selected!
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