After an unbelievable week of Rugby League action, we all deserve a good rest following a catalogue of awe-inspiring games and scintillating action.
But of course, no slouch on the sofa is quite the same without a League Express to hand, and this week is no exception as we offer you 36-pages crammed with exclusives, transfer gossip and match reaction.
If you haven’t got into the habit of buying the paper by now, or are alternatively scratching at your door waiting for the postman to arrive, here are seven reasons you’ll love this week’s paper.
1, Despite there being so much left to play for in the Super 8s, our unrivalled coverage of the upcoming Test series between England and New Zealand continues in this week’s edition. This week, St George Illawarra and England hopeful Mike Cooper discusses how important the series is for the future of the international game.
2, Has there ever been such a perfectly poised end to a Super League season? After the thrills of last week, FOUR teams can still win the League Leader’s Shield going into the final round of fixtures. We preview what promises to be an unforgettable weekend, with the thoughts of Shaun Wane, Ryan Hall and Chris Bailey in the paper.
3, Luke Gale remonstrated why he scooped the Albert Goldthorpe Medal with another outstanding performance in Castleford’s victory over Leeds last week. But should he get a call from Steve McNamara ahead of the Test series against the Kiwis? Michael Shenton certainly thinks so, and he explains why. For added measure, our very own Martyn Sadler commends Gale’s achievements in this week’s ‘Talking Rugby League’.
4, Whilst we’re on the matter of Albert Goldthorpe awards, this week’s paper exclusively reveals the seven stars that have been shortlisted for this year’s Albert Goldthorpe Rookie of the Year Medal. We aren’t going to spoil the surprise for you, but it’s a strong selection of nominees from clubs such as Leeds, St Helens and Wigan.
5, It has been one of the long-standing debates of the year, and the worth of reserve-grade Rugby League is still going strong. English coach Alan Kilshaw, who has worked in England with Warrington and also coached in Australia, has given an insightful interview exclusively to League Express.
6, There’s a siege of juicy transfer rumours this week, particularly in the Championship. Which half-back could be on his way to Salford, and which two Salford stars could be on their way to Leigh? All of that, plus big news from Bradford and Sheffield is in this week’s Qualifiers round-up.
7, Another week of incredible matches have been and gone, and we have them all covered. From Saints’ unbelievable derby day win to Oldham’s promotion to the Championship, you won’t find better coverage anywhere else.
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