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.
03 October 2014 07:04 PM
The key men in Sunday's NRL showdown are English forwards, Sam Burgess of South Sydney, playing his last game before switching to union, and Canterbury’s James Graham. Dave Hadfield previews their battle
Greg Mackey: Commanding Australian rugby league half-back who won major honours with both Warrington and Hull
03 October 2014 05:52 PM
Greg Mackey, who has died at the age of 52, was a durable, determined Australian half-back, who played with great success for two English sides. As well as at his Australian clubs, Mackey will be mourned at Warrington and Hull, with both of whom he won major honours in the 1980s and 1990s.
17 September 2014 05:17 PM
Jon Clarke was sent to prison for assault, Zak Hardaker banned for homophobic abuse. Both hope to play leading roles in the Super League play-offs starting tomorrow night and tell Dave Hadfield how they found redemption by giving something back
24 August 2014 11:00 PM
Leeds coach revels in that winning feeling after Castleford victory
Castleford vs Leeds Challenge Cup match report: Ryan Hall grabs two sensational tries as Leeds finally end their Challenge Cup final jinx
23 August 2014 05:21 PM
Castleford Tigers 10 Leeds Rhinos 23
Castleford Tigers vs Leeds Rhinos Challenge Cup match preview: Craig Huby is poised to make remarkable return
22 August 2014 08:02 PM
Castleford are set to take a major gamble on the fitness of Craig Huby in the Challenge Cup final against Leeds Rhinos on Saturday afternoon.
21 August 2014 10:41 PM
The loose forward returns from suspension to lead his side against Castleford at Wembley
Daryl Clark inspired by Castleford's Challenge Cup history even as tradition points to a future elsewhere
20 August 2014 06:03 PM
Castleford hooker prepares for the Challenge Cup final against Leeds this weekend
10 August 2014 08:39 PM
Widnes 6 Castleford 28
Leeds Rhinos vs Warrington Wolves Challenge Cup match report: Ryan Hall leads the charge as Rhinos maul Cup nemesis to reach final
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