Author Archives: Richard de la Rivière

2008 World Rankings

Published in Rugby League World after the 2008 World Cup Rugby League World’s World Rankings There were over 30 League-playing nations in the world in 2008 which I ranked them in order of how strong Rugby League was in each … Continue reading

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The Top-10 Super League matches

Published in Rugby League World in 2009 1996 London Broncos 28-32 St Helens Forget Paris v Sheffield – this was the game of 1996! Saints won the league by one point from Wigan and it was the two sides’ results … Continue reading

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Video Referees – Are They Needed?

Published in Rugby League World in 2010   HERE are some stats to warm you up. In the 60 regular-round games of Super League that were shown on Sky Sports in 2010, the video referee was called upon 175 times. … Continue reading

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Review of the Noughties

Published in 2009 in Rugby League World: ANOTHER decade has been and gone. Another ten years of brilliant, spellbinding action on the pitch produced by the finest of athletes. Only three teams shared the ten Super League titles, however, and … Continue reading

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2010 Warrington v Wigan

Published in League Express in 2010 WARRINGTON WOLVES 20 WIGAN WARRIORS 22 The Halliwell Jones Stadium   WHAT a game! A last-minute video-referee decision ultimately decided this magnificent game of Rugby League between two teams who have been widely tipped … Continue reading

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2009 Huddersfield v St Helens, Challenge Cup semi-final

Published in League Express in 2009 ST HELENS 14 HUDDERSFIELD GIANTS 24 The Halliwell Jones Stadium, Warrington    HUDDERSFIELD Giants reached their tenth Challenge Cup final yesterday with a magnificent victory over Cup-holders and Super League leaders, St Helens. Their … Continue reading

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2003 Great Britain v Australia, 1st Test

Published in Thirteen in 2005 First Ashes Test 2003 Great Britain v Australia Wigan, November 8th 12th-Second Red Card costs GB You convince yourself all season that this is the year we’ll beat the Aussies, and twelve seconds into the … Continue reading

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2000 Wales v Australia, World Cup semi-final

Published in Rugby League World in 2008 2000 World Cup semi-final Wales 22 Australia 46 McAlpine Stadium, Huddersfield “Did we believe we could win? Probably not but we knew we could give them a fright and it was one of … Continue reading

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1999 Leeds v Castleford, Super League play-offs

Published in Rugby League World in 2009 Leeds Rhinos 16 Castleford Tigers 23 Friday 24th September 1999 Play-offs – Elimination Semi-Final 1999 was a great year to be a Castleford Tigers supporter. Easily their best season in the summer era, … Continue reading

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1998 Warrington v Bradford

Published in Thirteen in 2005 Super League III 7 June 1998 Warrington Wolves 28 Bradford Bulls 10 Champions Bradford Bulls came to Wilderspool after eight games of the 1998 season already six points ahead of the Wolves. There had been … Continue reading

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