Jul 31

Harlequins Rugby League center Anthony Clubb has been banned for 2 games and fined £300 for an illegal tackle in Harlequins’ game against St Helens last weekend. Clubb, 22, had pleaded not guilty, but was charged based on video evidence for a head slam tackle on St Helen’s Kyle Eastmond in their 24-44 defeat at the Stoop last saturday.

Tony Clubb was born in Gravesend, Kent and was first played rugby at Blackheath RFC before moving to league with the Greenwich Admirals. Weighing 94kg and at a height of 1.88m Tony has scored 4 tries this season. He was voted Junior Academy player of the year in 2004 and 2005 and after impressing in 2006 pre-season he was added to Harlequins Rugby League first team squad.

His first team debut came at Bradford in Super League XI and his performance was complemented by coach at the time Tony Rea.

Anthony solidified himself as a starting center for Harlequins Rugby League in 2007 and has since played for England in their provisional World Cup squad scoring a try against Wales.


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Jul 27

In the ten years since Wigan rugby league club and Wigan Athletic FC moved in to share the then-new JJB stadium it’s remarkable how the fortunes of both clubs have changed. Wigan rugby, probably the most famous rugby league club in the world, have sunk to a level of mediocrity which is hard to fathom. Meanwhile Wigan Athletic have climbed through the divisions to become established in the Premier League.

Before the functional 25,000 seat JJB stadium opened Wigan rugby league club played at Central Park in the town centre and Wigan Athletic’s home was Springfield Park just a short distance away. Central Park opened on 6th September 1902 when a crowd of around 10,000 saw Wigan beat Batley 14-8. Over the next 97 years the ground witnessed many great games as Wigan teams took on and often beat the best, including national touring teams from Australia and New Zealand. Many test matches were also played there over the years. Players who wore the cherry and white hoops down the years comprise a who’s who of rugby league legends.

A record crowd of 47,747 watched Wigan beat the old enemy St Helens in 1959. Crowds of over forty thousand were quite common into the 1960′s and, after a bad decade for rugby league attendances the crowds were back in the 1980′s and 90′s with crowds of over 20,000 quite regular and 30,000 not unusual.

Wigan Borough originally played league football at Springfield Park until they went into liquidation in 1931. In fact Springfield Park’s record crowd was 30,443 for an FA Cup match with Sheffield Wednesday in 1929.

After the demise of Wigan Borough a group of locals formed Wigan Athletic in 1932 and the club joined the Cheshire League. The biggest crowd at Springfield for a Wigan Athletic game was 27,526 against Hereford in the FA Cup in 1953-54.

l;”>Athletic became a well-known ‘giant-killing’ club in FA Cup games over the years and perhaps their most famous run was in 1954-55 when they reached the third round and were drawn away to the (then) mighty Newcastle Utd. Over 52,000 were stunned to see a 2-2 draw at St James Park. The replay was played on a weekday afternoon at Springfield (no floodlights in those days) but 26,000 managed to give work or school a miss to see Newcastle prevail 3-2. Newcastle went on to win the competition, their last major cup win in England.

After many years of trying Wigan Athletic were finally voted into the football league in 1978 and remained at Springfield until the move to JJB stadium in 1999.

Central Park was just a short walk from dozens of pubs in the town. There’s just one pub in the vicinity of JJB and when you add that to the very ordinary ‘product’ on the field is it any wonder older fans are misty-eyed for the old ground?

Fans of both clubs (and all others) can at least now be reminded of the old grounds of their past as hand-crafted models of different sizes and price points can be commissioned direct from a model-maker specialising in this niche.

http://www.sportingvenuemodels.co.uk/index.html

My name is St John Rylance. Please visit the above website if you’re interested in memorabilia and history of sports stadiums.

 


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Jul 27

This 2008, the Rugby League World Cup concludes the Centenary of Rugby League in Australia. The event that started back in 1954 features the top ten RL nations. The 2008 RLWC will be the 13th World Cup that is scheduled to take place between October 25 and November 22, 2008 in Australia.

Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne and other great cities and states will host the RLWC. Oz as tournament co-host have entered the cup twelve times and already secured nine tournament victories, including the 2000 World Cup.

Australia, England, Fiji, France, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, Tonga, Ireland, Scotland and Samoa will all rally for the cup. Each nation played each other on a number of occasions, both on a home and away basis.

The Rugby League World Cup was an initiative of the French, who had been campaigning for a Rugby League World Cup since 1935. The 2008 Rugby League World Cup not only concludes the Centenary of Rugby League celebrations in Australia, but will also mark the 13th chapter of the event which started way back in 1954.

Since the tournament’s inception, the Rugby League World Cup has been taken to eight nations, with games played in over 50 cities and towns.

The 2008 Rugby League World Cup will be the third tournament held in Australasia and will feature the top 10 Rugby League nations.

Passionate rugby fans ,including campervan hire tailgaters, travel from all over to witness this spectacular sport with more than 50,000 seats per venue. The Kangaroos (Australia team) won 40 – 12 during the 2000 RLWC Finals against NZ with an outstanding performance. With less than three hundred days left until the opening, who do you think will win this 2008?

 


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Jul 27

Rugby players. It wasn’t so very long ago that being crash-tackled and landing face down in a large puddle led to unpleasant experiences beyond the initial shock.

Those of us whose best playing days are, shall we say, behind us, remember the playing kit of old. Heavy cotton shirts that weighed you down and made you feel like you were carrying a team-mate on your back during the painful last ten minutes. This was made all the worse by on wet, muddy Saturdays when the absorption “qualities” of cotton really came into their own, effectively doubling the weight of the shirt and making you trudge around like a trainee paratrooper, but without the motivation. This, at least, was my experience.

The alternative back then, pioneered by Rugby League sides, was polyester, a man-made fibre at that time so coarse that even burly man’s-man players would baulk at the prospect of wearing one. At that time possibly the only real advantage of these polyester shirts was their inherent strength.

In terms of playing kit, those days are now well behind us. Increases in fabric technology have advanced to the point where polyester shirts are now the norm and the reasons are many.

Despite being man-made, polyester can now emulate cotton in it’s “wicking” ability. This is the way the shirt removes the moisture build up on the skin-side. Through the use of capillaries, the moisture leaves the shirt via the outside, it doesn’t remain cloying to the skin.

The fibres themselves, too, are now much thinner than they used to be. This means the “handle” is much softer, more like a natural fibre and it avoids all that highly irritating abrasion.

Better yet, while natural fibres absorb water until it evaporates, polyester is much more water-resistant. The result; if you land in that puddle I mentioned before, or you’re playing in teeming rain, you won’t end the game carrying extra weight on your back.

At the top end of the game, the advantage of having the lightest shirt possible is obvious. Fine margins mark the difference between success and failure and anything that can be used to gain even a 0.1% advantage over your opponent can mean victory.

To be fair, to most of us, these fine margins are largely irrelevant. As a social player you can improve your performance dramatically by training harder or paying more attention to your diet, however the basic principles still apply.

But what also counts is how your kit looks. With polyester you can, with the introduction of a little elastene, have a sculpted-look, fitted tight into the body if you like. Or it can drape normally.

The biggest advantage though, is in the range of designs and colours. Traditionally, rugby shirts were hoops or quarters as cotton had to be knitted by machine. Polyester, though, can be printed by dye-sublimation process. This is achieved by printing special ink onto release paper and then pressing that (under high pressure and at high temperature) onto the polyester. The ink then turns to gas and dyes itself into the fabric.

This means that you can choose any design, no matter how outrageous, and for that matter print anything else at the same time without having to go through a separate process, whether that be for a badge, sponsor logo, name or number.

Some good examples of these shirts can be found on the website of a company I am currently working with, Blue Moon Sport,www.bluemoonsport.co.uk This company was a pioneer in the use of digital sublimation equipment for rugby kits and they currently manufacture not only for club and school teams, but also for some of the top Premiership sides.

 


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Jul 27

The event will last a total of 12 weeks, that is, from March 14 to May 30, 2009. The event will kick off with a match between Charlotte and Potomac Athletic Club on the Blue side and between Chicago Lions and Belmont on the Red side. As indicated by the results every year and specially by the rugby results 08, this is going to be as exciting a tournament as ever.

The Rugby Super League was developed in 1996 so that the game of Rugby could be taken to new heights and be given professional status throughout America. The 13 teams that compete in 2 groups of Red and Blue Conference represent 13 main markets all through the United States and have helped in a major way in the exposure of the game to the world and in generating an interest in it.

The competition is held in spring every year since its beginning in 1996. Weekly matches are held that lead towards a playoff and quarterfinals, semifinals and the final championship match deciding the champion of the year is played in May-June. Last year New York Athletic Club won the championship match against Belmont Shore. They scored 31-28 in a thrilling, nail biting match that had everyone sitting on the edge of their seats.

The last championship final played in Infinity Park, Glendale, CO on May 31 was one befitting the most popular event in American Rugby. It went into two overtimes and had to be decided through penalty kicks at the end. NYAC finally put an end to the game by winning a sudden death round. NYAC’s Luke Milton kicked in the match winning goal.

NYAC had made it into the finals by beating No. 5 Denver Barbarians at their home turf on Travers Island. The Belmont Shore team, who also played host at the semi-final, beat rivals No. 8 Chicago Lions 34-15.

This was the second time that New York Athletic Club had won the title. The first time had been back in 2005. That time too they had played the final against Belmont Shore in Hartford, CT beating them by a very narrow margin.

Personally, I believe, it is going to be an exciting season as always. Fans from all over the United States have been waiting in anticipation for the Rugby Super League season to start this year. All major TV networks will be broadcasting the matches live. But in case you are also one of those unfortunate ones like myself who is living abroad and can not watch the matches live, you can do what I always do; log on to an online site that gives live results of the game.

 

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Peri Witny is an author of Sports Articles.
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Jul 27

  • Rugby and football were essentially the same game until 1863. The split occurred when attempts were made to formalise the rules of football, whereupon the Blackheath club quit the new Football Association, wishing to protect players’ right to kick one another on the shins.
  • Initially, the game of rugby was played by teams comprising 20 players.
  • Rugby is the oldest international team sport, with the first rugby test predating both the first cricket and football tests.
  • The International Rugby Board was created as the result of a disputed try, in a match between England and Scotland.
  • The 1895 split between rugby league and rugby union occurred along both class and geographic lines. Clubs in the working class North embraced a professional game, while the wealthier clubs in the South adhered to the ethic of amateur rugby.
  • The United States is the reigning Olympic rugby gold medallist, having won the last rugby event played at the Olympics, in 1924.
  • Japan boasts the largest playing pool of any rugby-playing nation, with 125,000 registered players.
  • Pope John Paul II played rugby for the Polish national team.
  • The first Gilbert rugby ball was manufactured in the late 1700s by William Gilbert, a cobbler whose business was positioned next to the Rugby school at which the modern game was first played.
  • The shape of the modern rugby ball is derived from the use of inflated pigs bladders, which were used during the early years of the game.
  • During the early days of the game only a single point was awarded for a try. A drop goal, however, earned 3 points.
  • The first test between Western Samoa and Fiji was played at 7am in the morning, on a pitch with a large tree growing in its centre.
  • The South African rugby team didn’t lose a single test series between 1896 and 1956.
  • World War One had a significant impact on the game of rugby. 133 international players were killed in battles, which resulted in the development of the sport being set back by decades, and also gave football the opportunity to become the most popular game in the United Kingdom.
  • If Germany had not occupied France during World War Two, rugby league would have been the dominant convention in that country. During the Nazi occupation all the assets of the massive French Rugby League were handed over to the French Rugby Union, and for decades after the war rugby league clubs were not permitted to describe their game as ‘rugby’.
  • The grave of William Webb Ellis, the man credited with inventing rugby, was only located in 1959.
  • Stellenbosch Rugby Club in South Africa is the largest rugby club in the world with over 7,000 registered players.
  • Rugby Union is an extremely popular spectator sport in Georgia and Madagascar.
  • Since turning professional, the popularity of rugby has soared around the globe, with the 2007 Rugby World Cup attracting a cumulative audience of 4 billion. The sport is currently considered the second most popular on the planet, the first being football.
  • Rugby union is gaining in popularity more rapidly than any other sport in the United States, and the country already boasts a player pool larger than any of the Celtic teams participating in the Six Nations Championship.


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Jul 27

After running into each other outside the unit where they both live, they continued their conversation in a poorly lit stairwell where she claims the incident took place. This was just after the Manly club’s season launch party, which was undeniably rowdy. Even though he was supposedly very intoxicated, Stewart denies all allegations but has since been formally charged with one count of sexual assault. Although unfortunate, this is headline news and may be actually prove useful for those of you who are interested in Rugby league memorabilia.

There have already been some major consequences regarding these allegations. The NRL has temporarily stopped the airing of an advertising campaign featuring Stewart. NRL chief David Gallop commented that he was disappointed with the situation, and that pulling the campaign was necessary due to pending charges. There have been other cases where players were allowed to participate in subsequent games in similar events. The Gold Coast Titans forward Anthony Laffranchi and Warriors winger Michael Crockett both were allowed to play – both were later cleared of all charges. Just like these former cases, rugby league memorabilia of Stewart will be available to to fans shortly, I’m sure.

Stewart was supposed to be the face of the NRL this season. The 24-year-old Sea Eagles fullback was scheduled to give the Bulldogs a run for their money at the match this Saturday at ANZ Stadium, but now we cannot be sure of his playing status. There is so much pressure coming from the NRL and media that his position on the team is teetering on edge. Also, the NRL is planning to impose a large fine to the club for being negligent and not protecting the community. The seriousness of the charges, and the high status of Stewart is sure to bring a huge market for rugby league memorabilia and a high selling price for Stewart’s autograph.

Stewart is probably the most marketable player in the league, bein

g a poster boy for the sport. Grab your rugby league memorabilia while the getting is good. Even though he must now work tirelessly to try and save his reputation if he is to continue getting endorsements. If he goes to jail, who knows how his career will pan out. Will Stewart put his best game forward if he is allowed to play? With him, the Sea Eagles will most likely be a shoe-in to win. Without him, the outcome of the season is decidedly not so clear.

Toby Jensen from http://rugbyleaguememorabilia.net is a specialist in acquiring and selling hand signed Rugby league memorabilia. Please visit the website for your favourite NRL teams, State of Origin and International.

 


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Jul 26

With their recent Northern Rail cup win Widnes Vikings have tickets one of the boxes on their Super League rugby application. There’s not a team in the Championship that doesn’t dream of gaining a place in the Super League in 2012. However, having only narrowly missed out to the Celtic Crusaders a year ago Widnes is one of the real contenders for a spot in 2012.

Using the disappointment of an unsuccessful application as motivation rather than dwelling on their losses Widnes are working hard to be one of the standout candidates. 

In their last application there were financial issues that affected the financial security of the club. However one benefit of the Championship over the Super League is the lower salary demands of the players. This allows more of the clubs revenue to be re-invested in the club thus putting the club firmly in the black.

Another issue that needed improvement was the clubs youth development system. A lack of players coming through their development system into the first team didn’t look good on their application. However they are working hard to improve this. 

A 5 man RFL panel does the awarding of a Super League rugby license. It is based on four main criteria:

  • Stadium facilities.
  • Finance and business performance.
  • Commercial and marketing.
  • Playing strength including junior player development

Super League rugby licenses are divided into A, B and C categories depending on the strength of the club based on the above criteria. A clubs are the safest to stay in the league and C grade clubs have lot of work to do to maintain their position in the top flight. Below are the rankings that were award in 2008: 

A license

B license

C license

Hull FC – Existing Super League team

Leeds Rhinos – Existing Super League team

Warrington Wolves – Existing Super League team

Bradford Bulls – Existing Super League team

St Helens – Existing Super League team

Wigan Warriors – Existing Super League team

Castleford Tigers – Existing Super League team

Catalans Dragons – Existing Super League team

Celtic Crusaders – Elevated to Super League[35]

Harlequins – Existing Super League team

Hull KR – Existing Super League team

Huddersfield Giants – Existing Super League team

Salford City Reds – Elevated to Super League[35]

Wakefield Trinity Wildcats – Existing Super League team 

Leigh Centurions were particularly vocal in their dismay at the admittance of the Celtic Crusaders. Many teams felt that the Crusaders were included only due to their geographical location. However the inclusion of clubs outside the heartlands was a necessity if Super League rugby is to expand, something the RFL made clear.

 


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Jul 25

On October 7th 1987 Wigan beat Manly Rugby League in one of the epic historical Rugby League battles. Watch the video below to catch a glimpse of the intensity and some of the amazing rugby that was played that day…

 

 


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Jul 24

VODAFONE WARRIORS v ST GEORGE ILLAWARRA DRAGONS

Mount Smart Stadium, Auckland
4.00pm, Sunday, July 26

WARRIORS: Wade McKinnon, Kevin Locke, Jerome Ropati, Joel Moon, Manu Vatuvei, Isaac John, Stacey Jones, Sam Rapira, Ian Henderson, Steve Price (c), Simon Mannering, Ben Matulino, Micheal Luck. Interchange: Patrick Ah Van, Lewis Brown, Lance Hohaia, Jacob Lillyman, Russell Packer, Jesse Royal (two to be omitted.)

DRAGONS: Darius Boyd, Brett Morris, Beau Scott, Matt Cooper, Wendell Sailor, Jamie Soward, Ben Hornby (c), Justin Poore, Nathan Fien, Michael Weyman, Dean Young, Ben Creagh, Neville Costigan. Interchange: Dan Hunt, Matt Prior, Luke Priddis, Jarrod Saffy, Jeremy Smith, Chase Stanley, Jon Green (three to be omitted)

Referees: Gavin Badger, Ashley Klein

 

Warriors NRL squad has been strengthened for round 20 of the NRL against league leaders St George Illawarra with the return of Captain Steve Price and Kevin Locke.

After being knocked out in Queensland’s State of Origin loss Price returns for this weekend’s clash at the Mount Smart Stadium on Sunday. With Price’s 90th cap for Warriors, Russel Packer and Patrick Ah Van are both moved to the bench.

Other changes include back rower Ben Matulino making the starting line-up in place of Jacob Lillyman who also rides the bench.

Last week’s win against the Roosters as well as their greater than usual points total will have the Warriors NRL spirits high. However the dragons are a hefty challenge and the Warriors will need to be at their best for a shot at winning against the league leaders.

Ian Henderson is another man reaching a milestone making this Sunday his 50th game in the NRL and 42nd for the Vodafone Warriors. His first 8 games in the NRL were against last weekend’s opposition, the Roosters.

The last Dragons and Warriors NRL meeting meeting lead to an very tight 12-11 score with the Dragons just snatching the win.


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