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• Dining with Legends - 16th May 2014


The Steve Prescott Foundation will be busy in May, they have a record breaking walk planned from Lands End to John O’Groats followed by a sensational Gala Dinner in the centre of Manchester on the Friday night of Magic Weekend featuring no less than 3 rugby Superstars Jason Robinson, Adrian Morley and Paul Sculthorpe.

The walk begins in Lands End on the 5th of May. The walkers will comprise 2 teams of 4 walkers including Paul Sculthorpe, Jimmy Gittins, Lee Briers and Tommy Martyn. They will be walking non-stop, 8 hours at a time, for 12 days over 900 miles. You can check out the Steve Prescott Foundation website to see the places that the walkers will pass through so that you can join them and support them during their epic journey.

The walk finishes in the early hours of the 16th May. The walkers will then be travelling back down to Manchester to celebrate in luxurious surroundings at the Gala Dinner at The Palace Hotel, which should prove to be an incredible night of Rugby League centred entertainment raising money for the Steve Prescott Foundation. Beginning with a reception at 6.30pm the Dinner will be a brilliant way to start off the Magic Weekend in style. The Palace Hotel is a fantastic venue in the heart of Manchester. Discounted hotel rooms are also available if you contact Engage Presenters on 07730 361926.

Speakers at the dinner will include Jason Robinson, Adrian Morley and Paul Sculthorpe. Three true legends of rugby league who will share their fascinating, inspiring and hilarious stories with the audience. Anyone who attends can then mingle with the stars and enjoy the atmosphere until 1am in the morning.

You can find out more details about the dinner as well as buy tickets for the event at the Engage Presenters website.

• Tackling Issues


After learning of the devastating extent of the injury to Alex McKinnon in Australia, I wanted to look at the topic of player safety within our sport. Thankfully, this sort of thing is especially rare in Rugby League but over recent years the issue of player safety has, it seems, arose more frequently than in the years preceding. We have seen the illegalisation of the ‘shoulder charge’, ‘cannonball’ and ‘chicken wing’ tackles over the last few seasons, as well a vast increase in the penalisation for ‘tip tackles’ - putting a player in a dangerous position.

• Punishment Should Fit the Crime


I’ll start by nailing my colours well and truly to the mast, I’ve never really liked the on-report system. For me it is an easy cop-out for the weak referee; punishes the player after the event rather than benefitting the team offended against; and is a wholly unsatisfactory way to deal with incidents which incense supporters, rile players, and potentially effect results.

It is time we had a re-think and encouraged our referees to be empowered on the pitch and make the decisions to punish the offender’s on-the-spot ensuring that their team pays the penalty for their indiscretions.

• The Need for an Amateur World Cup


Most supporters of the game will agree that the World Cup as a whole was a successful show piece for rugby league on the international stage. Profits were made, many games were well contested, crowd numbers were above expectations, and there was a genuine interest in the event. Detractors, however, would argue in direct contrast. There was no major sponsor for the event, the big three teams continued to dominate, the final was one-sided, and apart from Australia, England, France, New Zealand and Papua New Guinea, most teams relied on heritage players to be competitive.

• Grand Final Early Bird Offer - Get yours now


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The First Utility Super League season comes to a climax at Old Trafford on Saturday 11th October and you could be there to experience the action live for as little as £10.

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• RLEF REVEALS NEW COMPETITION STRUCTURE


The RLEF has introduced European Championship branding to its three-tiers of official competition, aligning the organisation with the majority of European sports.

The European Cup will now be known as the European Championship, while the Shield and Bowl are replaced by European Championship B and European Championship C. The latter two competitions are already linked and the RLEF is planning for all competitions to have a connecting relationship of some degree, pending confirmation of the Rugby League International Federation’s multi-year calendar.

• Part of the Union


The announcement this week that Sam Burgess will join Rugby Union side Bath at the end of the 2014 season should have disappointed all League fans. To see someone as young and talented as Burgess move over to the other code is a massive loss for the game but hopefully is the one that will finally let the RFL know that enough is enough.

• Can the Warriors Worry the Red Hot Roosters


An early Saturday morning alarm call will force open the eyes of the British rugby league public as a nation of oval-ball fanatics switch on the kettle and sizzle the bacon in anticipation of the World Club Challenge taking place over 10,000 miles away on the other side of the planet.

Last season the Melbourne Storm, came, saw and conquered the Leeds Rhinos and now it is the time for Wigan Warriors to defend a nation’s honour and try and to recreate the famous outcome achieved twenty years ago when they returned from a match in Brisbane, safely clutching the silverware.

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