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Blog Profile / George Riley


URL :http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/georgeriley/
Filed Under:Sports / Rugby
Posts on Regator:45
Posts / Week:0.3
Archived Since:July 6, 2011

Blog Post Archive

England's fresh look adds interest to autumn internationals

2 years agoSports / Rugby : George Riley

It is a scaled-down international series which provides the full-stop to the rugby league year. There is no Four Nations this autumn given that the World Cup is heading to England and Wales in 2013. Australia and New Zealand have instead...Show More Summary

Warrington and Leeds set for Grand Final

2 years agoSports / Rugby : George Riley

The Grand Final is a unique occasion in that an entire season is defined over 80 minutes. Some say that is wrong - Wigan fans will feel aggrieved this year that they have ended up with nothing after finishing top of the pile. But what...Show More Summary

Super League final four has a familiar look to it

2 years agoSports / Rugby : George Riley

So here we go. Four teams bid over 80 minutes for two places in the Super League Grand Final. And yet again it is the familiar faces fighting the business end of the rugby league year. The final four comprises the two best sides over the regular season and last year's two Grand Finalists. Show More Summary

Hargreaves' sad exit is yet another wake-up call

2 years agoSports / Rugby : George Riley

Amid all the excitement of the Super League play-offs this week, there was another reminder of the challenges rugby league still has to conquer. Bradford prop Bryn Hargreaves' decision to pack in the game at 26 is dreadfully sad, and...Show More Summary

Being champions is about big-game mentality

2 years agoSports / Rugby : George Riley

After the undercard fights and the long muscle-flexing walk to the ring, it's time for the main event. The 27-round jostle for positions has seen Wigan clinch the League Leaders' Shield, champions Leeds finish down in fifth again and Wakefield seal an impressive play-off spot. Show More Summary

Challenge Cup Final: Wolves & Rhinos in Wembley wonderland

2 years agoSports / Rugby : George Riley

I can't think of any week in the rugby league year that excites me more than the days building up to the Challenge Cup final at Wembley. Whisper it quietly around Old Trafford in October, but it is the magic of Wembley that truly gets...Show More Summary

Changes at the top for London and Huddersfield

2 years agoSports / Rugby : George Riley

One week, two coaching casualties and neither a massive surprise. Rob Powell has had the look of a man fighting a losing battle at London Broncos for months, while Huddersfield Giants' alarming slump since coach Nathan Brown's move to...Show More Summary

Bradford Bulls cloud hangs over Challenge Cup semis

2 years agoSports / Rugby : George Riley

There are few weekends I look forward to more than the Carnegie Challenge Cup semi-final one. That's partly because my idiotic mates often schedule their weddings for the weekend of the final itself, but largely because the danglingShow More Summary

Bradford Bulls: No money, no coach, no hope?

2 years agoSports / Rugby : George Riley

The Bradford blame game this week intensified as the stricken Bulls edged closer to the point of no return. For any rugby league fan this situation is disheartening, even heartbreaking. Administration always looked the inevitable outcome,...Show More Summary

End of the road for Morley?

2 years agoSports / Rugby : George Riley

Steve McNamara's latest England squad casts a major doubt over the international career of Great Britain's most-capped player. Adrian Morley is a modern rugby league great, and while McNamara insists the international door remains open...Show More Summary

Is the Magic Weekend format sustainable?

2 years agoSports / Rugby : George Riley

Murrayfield and the Millennium Stadium drew a mixed response, but I thought Manchester was a magic weekend for rugby league. It remains a unique concept that thrills its fans and frustrates its critics. Fourteen teams, 14 sets of supporters, seven matches, two days, one stadium. Show More Summary

Rugby league chief comes out fighting

2 years agoSports / Rugby : George Riley

In a week that has seen a successful move to Monday night Super League and will culminate on Saturday and Sunday with the Magic Weekend taking place in Manchester for the first time, Rugby Football League chief executive Nigel Wood has...Show More Summary

A winning mentality

2 years agoSports / Rugby : George Riley

Rugby league may be known for its physicality and brutality, but Huddersfield are trying to gain another advantage over their rivals - by beating them with the power of the mind. The game's unforgiving ferocity has been complementedShow More Summary

Battling Bulls may yet prosper in adversity

2 years agoSports / Rugby : George Riley

If Bradford Bulls are to be saved, this week's departure of chairman Peter Hood was vital. I say that not in any way to disrespect Hood - I don't know the man. I say it because none of the investors contemplating rescuing the club would...Show More Summary

Challenge Cup draw attracts criticism

2 years agoSports / Rugby : George Riley

Making a cup draw looks pretty easy, but the whole process from final whistle in the previous round to picking the balls out of the velvet bag requires both an incredible amount of planning and fine-tuning. It can also be pretty nerve-wracking,...Show More Summary

The Atkins diet

3 years agoSports / Rugby : George Riley

While Warrington Wolves centre Ryan Atkins is playing the best rugby of his life, the team that decided he was not good enough to play for them remain in real danger of going out of business. Warrington visit Bradford Bulls on Saturday...Show More Summary

Rugby league's marathon man

3 years agoSports / Rugby : George Riley

Among the thousands of fund-raisers and fun-seekers lining the London Marathon course this weekend is a rugby league inspiration proving everyone wrong. In 1996 Steve Prescott made his England debut alongside St Helens team-mate Paul Sculthorpe. Show More Summary

Featherstone's derby day dreams

3 years agoSports / Rugby : George Riley

“In Featherstone, they mine coal and play rugby league.” That simple voiceover, painting a picture of life in the tiny west Yorkshire town, appeared in the 1969 film “The Game That Got Away”. This weekend, Featherstone’s part-timers,...Show More Summary

Why Saints landed a winner in Brown

3 years agoSports / Rugby : George Riley

Current Huddersfield coach Nathan Brown has been backed to bring success when he takes over at St Helens next year - by the disappointed players he'll leave behind at the Galpharm Stadium. The Australian this week aborted his planned...Show More Summary

Rugby League rallies round wounded Bulls

3 years agoSports / Rugby : George Riley

If I were a Bradford Bulls fan or player, I would be frightened and furious. So many questions to be asked, so few answers available. The response from the rugby league community to the Bulls' desperate plea to stay alive has been incredible...Show More Summary

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