With only a smattering of internationals a year, the biggest events in rugby league are undoubtedly the Super League and NRL Grand finals, Challenge Cup and, above all, the State of Origin series Down Under. Three matches played between players from Queensland and New South Wales that rivals the colour, intensity and passion of any Six Nations derby, with the added spice that most of the players are up against their usual club mates. Continue reading
Japanese sporting equipment manufacturer ASICS has been making waves in the rugby world in recent months. After a few years of being on the fringes of the rugby shirt world, supplying a few clubs here and there, but hardly a major player. All that changed in 2013, when ASICS signed up two of the biggest brands in world rugby Australia and South Africa – a real statement of intent that puts the brand, along with BLK, as a new major player in the rugby shirt world. Continue reading
There are many reasons why the Queensland Maroons go into this year’s State Of Origin series on the back of eight straight successes over the New South Wales Blues. Having a squad that for years has contained the likes of Cameron Smith, Billy Slater, Greg Inglis and Jonathan Thurston, who formed the backbone of the Australian team that won the 2013 World Cup (and should have won in 2008 too) is a major one, though frankly having a much better jersey is the overriding psychological one (well, as far as we’re concerned). Continue reading
With the return of Super League upon us, to coincide with the imminent increase of pie sales and the M62′s carbon footprint we have decided to have a butchers at Wigan Warriors’ effort for 2014.
The team affectionately known as ‘The Cherry & Whites’ have had some questionable shirts over recent years and this seasons efforts could well go a long way to explaining why Sam Tomkins decided to leave the idyllic banks of the River Douglas for that absolute hellhole known as New Zealand… ahem… Continue reading
Continuing our sojurn into the world of rugby league, here’s part two of our 2014 Telstra NRL Premiership 2014 round-up. You can read part one here, enjoy…
Yes, there’s a Canterbury in Australia too, and unlike their namesakes across the Tasman, the Doggies thankfully have their kits designed by rugby union stalwart Canterbury. Continue reading
The Rugby League World Cup came and went without too much of a bang back in October and November. While the tournament failed to spread the sport’s net beyond the strongholds of Auckland, eastern Australia and the M62 corridor, the outlandish skills and unflinching physicality of the returning NRL competition is a spectacle that any oval ball fan can enjoy. As you’d expect there’s some pretty smart jerseys on show as well, so let’s dive in and see what’s on offer…