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 writing about 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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26 April 2014 04:50 PM
Five tries and six successful kicks from captain Sinfield take Leeds through to the Challenge Cup quarter-finals in style
20 February 2014 11:11 PM
The best of Australian and British rugby league collide on Saturday at the end of a week that showed how difficult it has become for either to retain their crown jewels.
06 February 2014 11:31 PM
With the introduction of relegation, the momentum gained from the World Cup and the injection of some star players, the new season is a thrilling prospect
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