Dave Hadfield

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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Leigh united for the Cup

The Lancashire town’s pro and amateur rugby league teams never got on but they do now, writes Dave Hadfield ahead of a unique fifth-round weekend

Joel Reddy, left, and Luke Keary celebrate after the former scored a try for South Sydney Rabbitohs

St Helens 0 South Sydney Rabbitohs 39 match report: Saints’ big night wrecked by record World Club Challenge defeat to Souths

A diplomatic George Burgess, voted man of the match on the night, praised Saints for their effort, but in reality we were looking at two different worlds

George burgess (left) of South Sydney Rabbitohs

World Club Series: Saints fired up to finish top of growing World

Annual contest between England and Australia now involves six clubs, with St Helens versus South Sydney the showpiece.  But could it expand still further, asks Dave Hadfield

Super League: Brave new world offers unexpected

No one is quite sure how the biggest shake-up in 20 years will affect the new Super League season, which kicks off on Thursday night, but it should deliver more drama

Super League: Club-by-club guide

A run down of the 12 teams

St Helens know they must keep moving to stay ahead

Saints have a new coach, captain and key overseas player despite winning the Grand Final last season

Joe Burgess

Super League 2015: Burgess exodus continues as unrelated Joe joins Slammin' Sam's brothers Down Under

Rugby league’s top division has been radically redrawn to help safeguard its homegrown talent

Parker, back row, second left, with Barrow in 1954

Reg Parker: Rugby league player who won the Challenge Cup with Barrow and became an elder statesman of the game

With his calm, unflappable manner, he was a popular choice as team manager of the Lions tour to Australia and New Zealand in 1974

My one and only game for Neil Baldwin FC

His remarkable life story has been made into an acclaimed BBC film, but Dave Hadfield remembers legendary kitman Neil Baldwin from their days together on Keele campus in the 1970’s

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Footage emerges of the incident by the hooker for which the England manager has apologised for

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