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.
09 November 2013 12:00 AM
England’s progress into the World Cup quarter-finals might look a formality, but they are preparing themselves for a searching physical test from Fiji in their final group game in Hull this afternoon.
09 November 2013 12:00 AM
The World Cup holders, New Zealand, completed their group games with a 100 per cent record, beating Papua New Guinea by a crushing 56-10 at Headingley tonight with Sonny Bill Williams scoring a hat-trick of tries.
06 November 2013 11:33 PM
Tomahawks can seal quarter-final place with last-minute coach
04 November 2013 11:31 PM
Leeds full-back Zak Hardaker has left England’s World Cup squad because of what are described as “personal issues,” in the latest blow to Steve McNamara’s squad system.
03 November 2013 10:40 PM
Ben Hellewell’s second try gave Scotland a creditable and possibly crucial 30-30 draw against Italy on Sunday in another blockbuster World Cup encounter at Workington.
03 November 2013 10:34 PM
Something very strange is happening to the world of rugby league, with Wales crashing out of the World Cup and the United States eying a quarter-final place. A late surge could not prevent the Welsh, twice semi-finalists in recent years, bowing out in Wrexham with two defeats in their first two matches.
03 November 2013 12:00 AM
Eight-try blitz routs Irish and leaves Steve McNamara's side one win away from the quarter-finals
01 November 2013 10:14 PM
England can get their World Cup campaign back on track in front of a sell-out crowd that will emphasise just how this tournament has seized the public imagination.
31 October 2013 11:10 PM
James Graham is back in the England team for the match against Ireland after being dropped for disciplinary reasons at the start of the World Cup.
27 October 2013 11:47 PM
Sam Burgess will find out on Monday whether he faces a suspension that would end his World Cup.
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