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.
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
Rochdale 1 Sheffield Wednesday 2 match report: Stuart Gray is rewarded with a job after Owls triumph
25 January 2014 05:36 PM
Caretaker manager is confirmed in a full-time role shortly after victory
17 January 2014 11:36 PM
The League's bottom four teams will compete with the top four in the Championship for the other four places in the following year's competition
04 January 2014 05:38 PM
Everton put four past Harry Redknapp's side to book their place in the draw for the next round with the striker netting twice against the side rumoured to be interested in him
13 December 2013 10:56 PM
The England coach, Steve McNamara, is to join the coaching staff of the Sydney Roosters, but is to continue to take charge of the national team on a part-time basis.
13 December 2013 09:45 PM
Olympic sprint bronze medallist who achieved unwanted fame through one game of rugby league
02 December 2013 12:26 AM
In the cold light of day, there was only one thing seriously wrong with the Rugby League World Cup. Australia were just too good.
01 December 2013 12:00 AM
Coach Sheens hails ninth World Cup win as best performance of his reign
30 November 2013 12:00 AM
Billy Slater looks ready to take his place in Australia’s side to try to win back the World Cup his mistake cost them five years ago. The Melbourne full-back was player of the tournament in 2008. In the final, however, it was his error that created the winning try for the Kiwis’ Benji Marshall. This time, he missed the semi-final against Fiji after aggravating a knee injury in the last group game against the US and there were fears he might have to sit out his chance for revenge in this afternoon’s final at Old Trafford.
25 November 2013 12:00 AM
England’s World Cup semi-final defeat to New Zealand will live long in the memory
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The young are the new poor: Sharp increase in number of under-25s living in poverty, while over-65s are better off than ever
Ukip says babies born to immigrants in the UK should be classed as migrants – which would include Nigel Farage’s own children
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