Posts Tagged "Super League"

It’s a stark, painful reminder for NRL-obsessed Australians of rugby league’s place in the world. While the Rugby Union World Cup final will receive wall-to-wall coverage, a league game involving England and the world’s number one nation, New Zealand, isn’t even on the box.

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Former North Queensland Cowboys fullback Matthew Bowen has been denied a premiership farewell after the Wigan Warriors went down to the Leeds Rhinos in a thrilling Super League grand final on Sunday morning (AEST).

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England have named their 24-man squad ahead of the Baskerville Shield against New Zealand and their one-off Test against France.

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The Leeds Rhinos have been successful in winning the 2015 Super League after defeating the Wigan Warriors 22-20 at Old Trafford in front of a grand final record 73,512 fans.

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The Super League semi-finals provided us with two games of contrasting performances and quality.

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As the 2015 Super League season ratchets up to a, hopefully, spectacular conclusion with two mouth-watering semi-finals followed by the grand final Saturday, my thoughts have turned to the upcoming England against New Zealand Test series that will be played over consecutive weekends in November.

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At the start of the season I tipped Warrington Wolves to win the Super League competition.

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Adrian Morley has been one of the stand-out British rugby league players of the last 20 years, and there can be no questioning his impact and standing in the game – not just in the UK, but also in Australia.

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James Webster is back in rugby league, an outstanding appointment as the first head coach of the controversial joint City of Hull Academy.

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Unwanted Wests Tigers skipper Robbie Farah has ruled out a move to the Super League but says he’s no closer to knowing where he’ll be playing his football next NRL season.

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It seems every day for the last few weeks there has been a story about Catalans Dragons in the press. They have certainly been busy rebuilding their squad for 2016.

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Chris Sandow’s debut for Warrington did not go to plan on Friday night, as the Wolves suffered a heavy 49-10 defeat at Leeds Rhinos in their opening fixture of the Super 8s.

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Hull Kingston Rovers haven’t done anything easy this season and that trend continued in the opening game of the Middle 8s on Saturday afternoon against Championship title winners Leigh Centurions.

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You could forgive the Hull KR for getting carried away for what was a remarkable win in their Challenge Cup semi-final last Saturday.

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24 hours before Hull KR’s first Challenge Cup semi-final for nine years, I was sat under a canopy in the bar of my hotel, sheltering from 45-degree temperatures following an early morning swim in the gorgeous pool in the South West Turkish resort of Marmaris.

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This weekend sees the semi-finals of the 2015 Challenge Cup fought out, with two teams set to leap the last hurdle to the final at Wembley Stadium on Saturday, August 29.

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Before the Super League begins the Super Eights, we have two juicy semi-finals to look forward to this weekend with Leeds Rhinos to meet St Helens, and Warrington to play Hull KR for a spot in the Challenge Cup final at Wembley Stadium.

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Rugby league is growing outside of its traditional heartlands fast. The game has moved away from the strongholds of Wigan and Western Sydney to Apia and Avignon and has shown signs of success.

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With just the one round of Super League and the Championship action to go, it is all but decided who will be playing in the Middle Eights in two weeks.

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St Helens legend Paul Wellens announced his retirement last week due to a longstanding hip injury which requires immediate surgery.

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