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  • League Express Celebrates 3000th Edition

    Weekly rugby League newspaper League Express has reached the milestone of its 3000th edition this week just over 25 years on from its first publication. League Express first appeared on September 10 1990 and was set up by Martyn Sadler and Tim Butcher. It also merged with Rugby Leaguer in May 2002 and that can trace its origins back even further to the 1940s. The landmark has even been recognised in the House of Commons after Leeds North West MP and Chairman of the Parliamentary Rugby League Gro...

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  • Heathrow Express Partners With USA Eagles Ahead Of Rugby World Cup

    USA Rugby have announced that Heathrow Express, the airport-to-central London train service, has become an official partner after the Eagles secured a berth at the 2015 Rugby World Cup in England next year. The Eagles beat Uruguay 32-13 in Atlanta in the return leg of their 2015 RWC qualifier, having drawn the first leg 27-27 in Montevideo the week previously. America will join South Africa, Samoa, Scotland and an Asian qualifier in Pool B of the competition. Under the terms of the sponsorship d...

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  • Heathrow Express Named England Sevens Sponsor

    The Rugby Football Union (RFU) has revealed that Heathrow Express is to be the new official principal partner of the England Sevens teams. Their logo will now appear on the front of both the men’s and women’s playing shirts as part of a four-year deal, which also sees the company become the official transport partner of the England Sevens teams, something the team will get their use out of, having flown over 35 times from Heathrow last season. It will be the men who wear the newly branded...

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  • Tigers Bite Back After Council Turns Its Tail

    Castleford Tigers’ bosses have suffered a blow after council chiefs pulled the plug on support for the club’s stadium plans, according to The Pontefract and Castleford Express. The Express can exclusively reveal Wakefield Council has retracted its offer of £2m worth of land assets to both Castleford Tigers and Wakefield Wildcats’ community trust to help upgrade facilities and meet Super League criteria. Coun David Dagger, cabinet member responsible for sport, said recent talks with the...

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  • Wigans website sponsor

    Wigan Warriors have secured the sponsorship of their website wiganwarriors.com by national loans company, Phone-a-Loan. The website is now widely regarded as the number one source for all up to date information coming from the JJB Stadium. The site regularly has the highest number of 'hits' for any club in Super League. The club have also launched 'Warriors Express' home travel service in association with Fraser Eagle Coaching & Tours. The 'Warriors Express' will see Fraser Eagle provide mat...

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  • 300% Increase In Online RL Bets For BetFred

    Betfred owner Fred Done has Expressed his delight with his company’s sponsorship of Super League, telling League Express that his company has seen a massive upsurge in rugby League betting since the turn of the year. This season is the first year of a three-year title sponsorship of Super League reported to be worth between £850k and £900k per year (approx. €1m). He has contrasted the reaction to his sponsorship favourably with Betfred’s extensive sponsorship in British horseracing. Rugb...

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  • Swinton Lions Under Financial Pressure

    Swinton Lions director Steve Wild has told League Express that the club will know much more about its future by Thursday (today) after the full extent of their financial issues were revealed last week. Wild, fellow director Alan Marshall and coach John Duffy fronted supporters at a public meeting in the wake of previous disclosures and the departure of former chairman John Roddy. It was established that the Lions need around £50,000 by the end of this month to pay off a historical tax debt and...

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  • Wood To Receive £500k Goodbye

    Former RFL and Super League chief executive, Nigel Wood is to receive a severance payment of £500,000 according to League Express. It was revealed last year that Wood was earning a salary of £314,000 per year, up from a salary of £252,000 in 2015. Wood stood down in early January after serving 10 years in the post to become chief executive of RLIF. He will take up the office later in the year. In the meantime, reports suggest the former CEO will also take on a consultancy role on behalf of th...

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  • League Express Staying on the Rails

    Buying League Express on a Monday morning has become part of the weekly routine for dedicated followers of the 13-a-side code for over two decades. The concept was borne of a quirk of fate, two passionate rugby League fans frustrated by the lack of coverage of their sport they love, as editor Martyn Sadler (pictured) explains to Running Rugby.   “I was a university lecturer at the time and Tim Butcher (co-founder) moved in next door. We got chatting and found out that we were both Wakefield...

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  • Gloucester All Golds And Oxford To Merge And Move To Bristol?

    League Express reports tell of merger talks between RL League One outfits Gloucester All Golds and Oxford are holding talks over a potential joining of forces. It is believed the clubs are in discussions to relocate to Bristol and start a new team. Both Gloucester and Oxford are reported to be facing financial difficulties and a move to Bristol would be seen as a new life in a city which is known for loving its sport. See also... Sports Club Mergers Are No Route To Growth Starting From Scratch R...

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