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Life outside Super League

5th April 2006 Correspondent 0

If proof was needed that National League standards are on the up, Widnes Vikings provided it on Sunday. The Vikings, not even favourites for the League One title, underlined that improvement by dumping a strong Castleford Tigers side out of the Challenge Cup.

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Clarke could be catalyst

29th March 2006 Correspondent 0

If Phil Clarke wanted to cause a storm when he resigned as Great Britain manager last week, he certainly achieved his aim. Clarke, a former Great Britain player, has been in the role for the last five years, and claims that not only are we no nearer to catching up with Australia and New Zealand, but that the clubs and the RFL are not interested in the international game.

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Smith return could go either way

24th March 2006 Correspondent 0

The news that Brian Smith, widely seen as a ‘coaching guru’, will be joining the coaching team at Bradford Bulls will be seen as a stroke of genius by the directors at Odsal, especially in the light of the Bulls’ capitulation in the Powergen Challenge Cup against St Helens. The Bradford club have wobbled slightly since Brian Noble decided to take up the Wigan challenge.

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Salford a Super League force

22nd March 2006 Correspondent 0

It’s great to see a team from near the bottom of the engage Super League kicking on and making their mark on the competition. Salford City Reds have been the surprise package of SLXI with their superb performances making a mockery of pre-season relegation talk.

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Challenge Cup magic

15th March 2006 Correspondent 0

Competitions like the Challenge Cup are renowned for producing cup upsets, but this makes them no less exciting when they happen. This Sunday, it was the turn of Conference Premier League side Thornhill Trojans to have their moment of glory, defeating Workington Town 16-12.

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Welsh RL on the up

8th March 2006 Correspondent 0

Today the Welsh Rugby League (WRL) will launch its 2006 season at the new Welsh Assembly Building in Cardiff which was opened by the Queen a fortnight ago. Like the Welsh governing body based at the new building, Welsh rugby league is feeling the benefit of power devolved from England, in our case the RFL.

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The Catalan question – part one

15th February 2006 Correspondent 0

In 2009 the Rugby Football League will be introducing a franchise system to Super League. This will see the end of promotion and relegation, for so long a staple of rugby league and British sport in general. It will also see franchises in new parts of the country and France fast-tracked into Super League.

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