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.
24 November 2013 12:00 AM
Shaun Johnson converts his own last-minute try to deny hosts a World Cup semi-final win
23 November 2013 12:00 AM
London club at risk while 65,000 fans will watch England’s World Cup semi-final at Wembley today
Terry Fogerty: Bustling loose forward of the 1960s and 70s who played for Halifax, Wigan and Great Britain
22 November 2013 12:00 AM
Terry Fogerty was one of the best rugby league forwards of the 1960s, the first recipient of one of the game's main individual honours and the head of a varied sporting dynasty.
21 November 2013 10:30 PM
England's coach, Steve McNamara, has bitten the bullet and dropped Rangi Chase for the World Cup semi-final against New Zealand on Saturday.
18 November 2013 12:39 AM
Fiji earned the dubious privilege of another crack at Australia in the semi-finals of the World Cup by beating Samoa 22-4 yesterday.
18 November 2013 12:38 AM
England’s unconvincing display against France in the World Cup quarter-finals on Saturday did nothing to enhance their hopes of winning the tournament on home soil.
17 November 2013 12:00 AM
The United States' astonishing World Cup adventure came to a shuddering halt at the hands of the best side in rugby league.
17 November 2013 12:00 AM
England survived an early scare to reach the semi-finals of the World Cup, with rather less assurance than New Zealand or Australia, but still with more than enough to spare.
Steve Prescott: Sportsman who raised hundreds of thousands of pounds for charity after being diagnosed with terminal cancer
15 November 2013 07:59 PM
Steve Prescott, who has died at the age of 39, would be an educated choice as one of rugby league’s bravest players – on and off the field. The first side of that equation saw him enjoy a fine career with his home-town club, St Helens, Hull and Wakefield, tour with Great Britain and represent both England and Ireland.
14 November 2013 11:38 PM
David Scott is the one born-and-raised Scot in the squad that has amazed the Rugby League World Cup by reaching the quarter-finals
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