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.
20 October 2013 12:00 AM
England fumbled their way to the most humiliating result in their history against World Cup debutants Italy, in their warm up match for the tournament. The World Cup will not live up to English hopes and expectations if they perform as they did last night, when it took them until the 38th minute to get their noses in front of what is largely a team of second- and third-generation Aussie journeymen.
19 October 2013 12:00 AM
The England coach, Steve McNamara, has given a few clues as to his thinking about his choice of team for the World Cup as he and his rivals enter the final stage of preparation for the competition this weekend.
06 October 2013 12:00 AM
Wigan overturn 16-2 deficit in remarkable fightback as injury to Joel Monaghan undermines Wolves
05 October 2013 12:00 AM
Final call is reward for rediscovering his best form after infamous injury and life lows
02 October 2013 11:35 PM
Prop relishing chance to bow out as a Grand Final winner before his big move Down Under
Rugby League World Cup: Eorl Crabtree misses out as Steve McNamara names three Burgess brothers in England squad
01 October 2013 10:35 AM
McNamara revealed that uncapped twins George and Tom will join older brother Sam in the 24-man squad
01 October 2013 12:00 AM
Sam Tomkins hopes to be relieved of the Wigan captaincy for his last game for the club – Saturday’s Super League Grand Final against Warrington at Old Trafford.
28 September 2013 12:00 AM
Leeds’ proud, tenacious run as the rulers of Super League is over, after their patched-up and battle-weary side was outlasted by Wigan.
26 September 2013 11:03 PM
The semi-final against Leeds will be the last home game for one of Britain's best
26 September 2013 11:03 PM
Last season's beaten finalists will contest the Super League Grand Final after narrowly getting the better of Huddersfield for the fourth time in 2013. Two tries from their leading scorer, Joel Monaghan, put them on their way to victory as the Wolves showed again that they are the one side that has the Giants' number.
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