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4th May 2009 Rugby Leaguer & League Express a71 11
So who said League wasn't
Smith happy with Wolves’ performance
By RICHARD de la RIVIERE side’s display.
“I thought we created a lot of good
PAUL Wood pulled out of the
stuff, and we played a lot of good Rugby
Warrington side on Sunday for
League,” said Smith.
their game against Hull KR with a
“There wasn’t much between the two
ast week I wrote about
back injury, with the Wolves
teams, and it was a good game - one of
whether Rugby League
already missing experienced duo
the better games this weekend.
is ‘cool’ for those of us
Adrian Morley and Lee Briers.
“Hull KR deserved it, mainly due to
who are fashion conscious.
However, Wolves coach Tony Smith
their kicking game, which was better than
But, when you look at this picture
confirmed after the game that none of the
ours in the second half.
of the Super League mascots, taken
three players have long-term injuries and
“If my team keeps playing like that, in
at Murrayfield, how could Rugby
should be back “soon”.
that sort of manner, we’ll win quite a few
League not be cool?
The Wolves went down 36-28 to games between now and the end of the
Congratulations to our
Rovers, but Smith was happy with his season.”
photographer Peter Morley for reject it.
organising the snap. We can’t keep trying to sell YOUR VIEW...
The Hull KR Robin, by the way, Rugby League on the basis of it
won the Mascots’ competition that being played by teams that are next
Dobson bats for England
fullback, and that the Robins’ underrated
loose forward Scott Murrell should be
You can discuss this article considered.
was organised by Keith ‘Cheggers’ door to each other. The only thing
with other League Express
Chegwin. that makes sense is to have a
“Peter Fox is one of the leading
completely open draw, and the
readers on our website!
tryscorers in the competition, and should
Should we bring back the
get a start for England. But he’s not just a
clubs and the RFL need to learn to MICHAEL Dobson, the early-
‘Magic’ derbies?
sell the weekend regardless of
tryscorer - he’s very good at bringing the
season leader in the Albert
ball off his own line,” said Dobson.
The RFL is apparently being urged
which clubs are drawn against each
Goldthorpe Medal table, has called “Shaun has to be considered, even
to bring back the derby matches for
try in 1978, when Saints lost 14-12
on England coach Tony Smith to though Paul Wellens is the England
the Murrayfield Magic Weekend
to Leeds.
select three of his Hull Kingston
fullback. He’s just so consistent, and
next year.
Sad farewells
We will run an obituary in next
Rovers teammates for England
plays well every week.
That is in response to some of the
I was sad to hear about the death of
week’s League Express.
clubs suggesting that they could
former Warrington, St Helens and
I was also sad to hear of the
when they play France in Paris on
“Scott is up there too. I didn’t play with
him much last year - once in fact before
have sold more tickets for
Fulham star Derek Noonan at the
sudden death of Andy Gregory’s
13 June.
he got injured - but he’s so good in a few
Murrayfield if, for example, the two
age of 62.
wife Alison, who suffered a brain
Peter Fox was selected in last year’s
different positions, like the halves, hooker
Hull clubs had been drawn against
Derek was a very stylish centre
haemorrhage a week ago at the age mid-season international, but was then
and loose forward.”
each other. The clubs benefit from
who appeared in four Challenge
of 39. overlooked for the World Cup, with
Great Britain’s joint record cap holder
the Magic Weekend in proportion to
Cup Finals between 1974 and 1978,
Andy is one of my favourite Dobson believing the Rovers winger is
Garry Schofield agreed with Dobson by
the number of tickets they sell, so
winning two of them.
players of all time, and I send him, deserving of another shot.
selecting all three players in his England
you can see their argument.
Sadly, my greatest memory of
and the family of Derek Noonan,
He also believes that fullback Shaun team in his latest ‘Rugby League World’
But my advice to the RFL is to
him is when he failed to gather a
my most sincere condolences.
Briscoe is the outstanding English column.
pass that would have led to a certain
Rinaldi in, but Aussies out of French squad
By MIKE RYLANCE and having centred on Goulding being able to
take advantage of that possibility.
Instead he has stuck to selecting
JULIEN Rinaldi has forced his
players who have a more conventional
way back into the French
qualification to play for their country.
international squad after returning
Goulding’s failure to select stand-off
Maxime Grésèque was perhaps the
to Europe from Australia to join
biggest surprise to some. But, after the
Bradford Bulls.
World Cup, Grésèque’s long lay-off
Rinaldi came to Bradford less than two
through injury has ended in a struggle to
weeks ago, and played in the Bulls’ shock
regain form. The other major absentee,
defeat of St Helens at Knowsley Road.
Sébastien Raguin, is another to suffer a
That performance was enough to
long-term injury.
persuade France coach Bobbie Goulding
to select Rinaldi for the French team that France squad: Jérôme Guisset, Thomas Bosc,
will play England in Paris on 13 June.
Greg Mounis, Rémi Casty, Kane Bentley, Jamel
Rinaldi is one of 32 players selected by
Fakir, David Ferriol, Frédéric Vaccari, Cyril Stacul,
Goulding, his assistant Patrick Alberola
Cyril Gossard, Olivier Elima, Jean-Philippe Baile,
Vincent Duport, Dimitri Pelo, (all Catalans),
and team-manager Cyril Pons.
Mathieu Griffi, Eric Anselme, Sébastien Planas,
But there are no places for any Constant Villegas (Toulouse), Sébastien Martins,
Australian stars currently playing with
Christophe Calégari (Pia), Sylvain Teixido, Mickael
the Catalans Dragons, despite the fact
Murcia, Mathieu Mayans (Limoux), Yoan Tisseyre,
The 14 Super League mascots line up at Murrayfield
that some of them would qualify to
Adel Fellous (Lézignan), Romain Gagliazzo, Teddy
Sadaoui, Christophe Moly (Carcassonne), Tony
represent the Tricolores through
Gigot (Avignon), David Guasch, William Barthau
residency, with some recent speculation (UTC), Julien Rinaldi (Bradford).
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