RLW to cease production, Immortals to continue

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    End of an era as Rugby League Week shuts down


    Matt Logue, The Daily Telegraph
    March 9, 2017 2:01pm



    IT’S a sad day for rugby league with the game’s “Bible” Rugby League Week magazine to close in the coming weeks.

    The NRL is set to buy the Immortals concept from RLW, but the magazine itself, which has been published since 1970, will no longer be printed.

    Bauer media executives informed RLW’s staff of the decision in a meeting on Thursday morning and it’s understood the magazine will stop printing from round 5 this season.

    The decision to end publication of Rugby League Week ends 47 years of league scoops, insights and behind-the-scenes stories.

    RLW has produced some of Sydney’s finest editors and journalists, including Ian Heads, Geoff Prenter and Norman Tasker.

    Heads, also a respected author, was in charge of RLW in 1981 when the Immortal’s concept was born.

    The magazine has also produced a host of respected league reporters, including our own Nick Walshaw, Tony Adams (AKA THE MOLE) Debbie Spillane, Adam Hawse, Daniel Lane, Danny Weidler, Glenn Jackson and David Middleton.

    Editor-in-chief Martin Lenehan, who has spent 22 years at the company, said everyone at RLW was in shock but proud of the legacy the magazine will leave behind.

    “It’s a sad day,” Lenehan told The Daily Telegraph.

    “It has unfortunately been coming for a while, but it doesn’t make it any easier when it happens.

    “I think it (the magazine) has probably been one of the great survivors of publishing.

    “For something to last for 47 years in this industry is quite remarkable. It has been a breeding ground for some of the most respected and best journalists in the game.

    “The list former editors are like a who’s who of sports writing in Australia with Prenter, Heads and Tasker.”

    Lenehan believes RLW’s greatest legacy is the Immortal’s concept, which was created in 1981 by then editor Ian Heads.

    The Immortals and its eight inductees at present will now be owned and honoured by the NRL.

    “Ever since the Immortals started in 1981, it has been probably been the most successful and enduring promotion ever in rugby league,” Lenehan said.

    “We are very proud of the fact it was started at Rugby League Week and is still going strong today.

    “The fact it will live on with the governing body is something we are very happy about.

    “We are very sad to see the end of the magazine, but the Immortals will live on and the fact those players will be honoured by the NRL is very important.”

    RLW has produced countless breaking news stories over the years, but Lenehan said there were a few classics.

    He nominated Neil Cadigan’s exclusive interview with former Newtown five-eighth Paul Hayward inside Thailand’s notorious Bang Kwang prison in 1985 as a standout.

    Entitled, “From Henson Park to hell on earth”, Cadigan brilliantly portrayed Hayward’s struggle inside prison after being convicted of heroin trafficking.

    Lenehan said the story will be forever remembered as an “iconic” RLW story.

    “For Neil to be allowed over there and given that access was amazing,” he said.

    “The story was the front cover and people back home reading that story would have just felt so sorry for the guy.

    “That just showed the power Rugby League Week had and Neil was given that access.

    “Geoff Prenter has a string of famous front pages back in the day when rugby league was a very different game.

    “Tommy the Phantom Biter was one that will also live on in the memory.”

    Lenehan said RLW will have a farewell magazine paying tribute to almost five decades of rugby league scoops and stories coming out on Monday, March 27.

    “We are going to make a big effort to pay tribute to everything that League Week has done, the people that have worked on it and the stories,” he said.

    “That will be pretty amazing to pull all that together.

    “It has been a remarkable magazine over the years and it has been an incredible place to be a part of.

    “We want to sign off with something pretty special for our loyal readers.”


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    I posted this on my twitter, but nobody replied, so I might as well put it here too:

    Very sad to hear about the end of Rugby League Week. I bought it every week from 1994-2000 and it was awesome. Then it went through a terrible relaunch in 2001 and got rid of all the good writers, introduced Mole, etc. It semi reverted to its old format in 2003, but was never quite the same. Still bought it from time to time though. But gosh, still sad it's coming to an end. I remember going to the newsagent near school to get it at lunchtime when I was at college. I know there's a lot of other factors at play, but I'd have still been buying Rugby League Week if they hadn't dumbed it down so much.
     
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    I felt that way about the old "Tracks" magazine from the 70's......the demise of Capt Goodvibes was a travesty.:confused:
     
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    Sherlock was the excellent RLW columnist who disappeared without trace when they totally changed it in 2001. Written by Ian Heads, I believe.
     
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    In all seriousnes...it was a great footy magazine in the early days, a bit of a fan's bible actually....sad to see it go.
     
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    Used to buy it frequently back in the day. Sad that it's going, but not a surprise with the amount of info digital.
     
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    I bought it every week from about 2009-2012 but with all the social media these days it's pretty easy to find all the latest stories, rumours etc. Partly why I stopped getting them.
     
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    I'm surprised they're not keeping the website going.
     
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    Is that going too ??
     
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    Yep, according to Steve Mascord on twitter, I think it was.
     
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    Geez that's a shock and sad, Surely they can just put all their efforts into the website and social media ??
     
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    Yeah I'd have thought that would be the way to go, that side of it still seems very popular.
     
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