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Dave Hadfield was a schoolboy convert to rugby league, the game which, one way or another, has dominated his life ever since. After working for newspapers in Shropshire and Blackpool (where he covered the fortunes of Blackpool Borough) he travelled the world, working mainly in Hong Kong and Sydney. He became The Independent's rugby league man in 1990 and has written five books on the game and broadcast extensively for Sky and the BBC. Dave played his last game at the age of 53 and would have set up a try if anyone could have been bothered supporting his break. When not blogging on the sport, he now limits himself to a bit of tick and pass with his local club, the Bolton Mets. Family includes supporters - of varying degrees of dedication - of Salford, Wigan, Sheffield Eagles and St George Illawarra.

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Rugby League: If a team look like circus clowns, they could just play that way, Sport

Rugby League: If a team look like circus clowns, they could just play that way

It is naïve in the extreme to imagine that you can turn up at St Helens looking like that, lose by 40 points and have nobody comment on it.

By | Sport | Wednesday, 28 March 2012 at 12:03 am

Rugby League: Royce Simmons departure leaves Saints with a tricky problem, Sport

Rugby League: Royce Simmons departure leaves Saints with a tricky problem

Shame about Royce Simmons. Top bloke, who proved last season that he is still a top coach as well.

By | Sport | Tuesday, 20 March 2012 at 5:11 pm

Rugby League: Wigan find a scapegoat in the shape of Shaun Wane, Sport

Rugby League: Wigan find a scapegoat in the shape of Shaun Wane

I was still full of the euphoria of one of the most exciting games I’ve ever seen when I left the Stobart Stadium on Sunday.

By | Sport | Tuesday, 13 March 2012 at 1:02 pm

Rugby League: Langtree Park provides fantastique entertainment, Sport

Rugby League: Langtree Park provides fantastique entertainment

Two visits to Langtree Park since I last blogged – both uplifting in their different ways.

By | Sport | Wednesday, 29 February 2012 at 1:57 pm

Rugby League: Jamie Peacock deserves an award for World Club Challenge performance, Sport

Rugby League: Jamie Peacock deserves an award for World Club Challenge performance

Jamie Peacock goes to the Palace this week to pick up his MBE. The timing could hardly be better, because the effort he and his team-mates put in on Friday night is the sort of thing they should dish out gongs for.

By | Sport | Wednesday, 22 February 2012 at 1:10 pm

Rugby League: World Club Challenge raises profits, and eyebrows, Sport

Rugby League: World Club Challenge raises profits, and eyebrows

After 40-odd years of watching and writing about this game, I thought I had my eyebrows under control. You have to, otherwise you spend all day raising and lowering them in varying degrees of incredulity.

By | Sport | Wednesday, 15 February 2012 at 1:40 pm

Rugby League: Who has the scabbiest knees in Super League?, Sport

Rugby League: Who has the scabbiest knees in Super League?

If you had told me a few years ago that players would be sending out photos of their damaged body parts to all and sundry, I’d have surmised that you had stuck your head in one too many scrums.

By | Sport | Wednesday, 8 February 2012 at 12:58 pm

Rugby League: Australia make a mockery of my British optimism, Sport

Rugby League: Australia make a mockery of my British optimism

It might not be the best side they have ever sent over here, but any team including Lockyer and Thurston is going to be hard to beat. At the very least, you need their opposite numbers to play out of their skins – and they just didn’t.

By | Sport | Wednesday, 23 November 2011 at 1:27 pm

Rugby League: We’ve been here before, but there are reasons to be optimistic for England, Sport

Rugby League: We’ve been here before, but there are reasons to be optimistic for England

Every time I’ve been down to the England training camp at Loughborough I’ve come away a little bit happier. There is an atmosphere of unity and relaxed confidence in the squad that I haven’t often seen.

By | Sport | Thursday, 17 November 2011 at 1:09 pm

Rugby League: Sam Tomkins’ commitment is fantastic news, Sport

Rugby League: Sam Tomkins’ commitment is fantastic news

If there’s any better news for rugby league between now and the start of next season, I look forward to hearing it.
I refer, of course, to Sam Tomkins’ renewed commitment to staying in the code at which he excels.
Okay, brother Joel is off to Saracens. Shame – but we can cope with that. Sam, as [...]

By | Sport | Tuesday, 8 November 2011 at 1:37 pm

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