The 2018 Betfred Championship got underway on Friday night when Sheffield Eagles travelled to Dewsbury for the opening fixture. Saturday afternoon saw the Swinton Lions in France to take on Toulouse Olympique XIII before three fixtures were played out on Sunday afternoon. The game at Rochdale, where the Hornets were to have taken on the Batley Bulldogs has been called off for an unfit pitch.


Sunday’s games had London Broncos hosting the newly promoted Barrow Raiders, Halifax visiting Featherstone Rovers and the eagerly anticipated visit of the Toronto Wolfpack to Leigh Centurions.

Posted by RLFANS News Hound on Mon 5th Feb 2018 7:01 AM | Views : 2609 | Replies : 0 | READ MORE

In the most eagerly anticipated Betfred Championship opening fixture for many years, last seasons relegated Leigh Centurions played hosts to newly promoted Toronto Wolfpack at the Leigh Sports Village. Two divisions separated these sides last year, but they were now competing for top spot and the strong place to challenge for a position in Super League 2019.


This was the first ever meeting between these two sides but with many players having had Super League experience there were few strangers taking the field. Nothing would be decided today but with both sides tipped to win far more than they lose over the season, the result could go a long way to deciding who would end the first part of the season at the top of the pile.

Posted by RLFANS News Hound on Sun 4th Feb 2018 4:56 PM | Views : 5911 | Replies : 19 | READ MORE

Last years Minor Premiers and losing Grand Finalists, Castleford Tigers, started their 2018 campaign with expectations of another barnstorming season as they travelled to a tough Totally Wicked Stadium to take on St Helens.

The last time that the sides met there was just a golden point victory between them as the Tigers miraculously won the game in added time, after being down and out, to make it into the Grand Final.

These sides were tipped as the two favourites to finish the season in top spot and to lift the silverware at Old Trafford in October. Nothing would be decided tonight but it would give us an indication of how the two sides may fare in the season ahead.

Posted by RLFANS News Hound on Fri 2nd Feb 2018 9:40 PM | Views : 3893 | Replies : 12 | READ MORE

The eagerly anticipated Super League XXIII got underway at the Halliwell-Jones where Warrington Wolves were the hosts to the Champions, Leeds Rhinos, in front of the SKY cameras.


Warrington were hoping to consign a miserable 2017 to the history books and get their season off to a great start against a Rhinos side who have beaten them in thirty-five of the fifty-eight meeting in the Super League era.


The Rhinos played their first competitive match in the post Burrow and McGuire era and had their hopes pinned on debutants Richie Myler, Nathan Peteru and ex-Wolves star Brad Dwyer,  while Warrington gave debuts to close season captures Ben Murdoch-Masila and Bryson Goodwin.


Posted by RLFANS News Hound on Thu 1st Feb 2018 9:37 PM | Views : 1963 | Replies : 0 | READ MORE

There is just one more day of questions until our ‘close season Rugby League Quiz marathon’ is complete. Since the middle of December we’ve had close to four hundred competitors, answering five questions a day, in their quest to become our quiz champion.

The final batch of five questions will be released at midnight tonight (30th January) and we will give all competitors until the midday on Monday 5th February to complete all 260 questions. We will then crown our champion, and make the draw for a pair of Grand Final tickets from all of those entrants who have made an attempt at all 260 questions, even if they got them all wrong.

Posted by RLFANS News Hound on Tue 30th Jan 2018 6:41 PM | Views : 7436 | Replies : 0 | READ MORE

With Super League XXIII getting underway on Thursday night our sides have had a mixed bag of pre-season results as they complete their preparation for the long months of competition ahead.

Little can be read into the results of pre-season matches as they are arranged for a variety of reasons. Some are planned as competitive run-outs for the coach to have a look at his stars performing together but many are unlimited substitution games which feature a large number of fringe players and are often arranged to assist some of the games smaller clubs to raise some much needed pre-season funds.

That said, a round-up of pre-season results may be of interest to those looking for their early season prediction competitions.

Posted by RLFANS News Hound on Sun 28th Jan 2018 4:50 PM | Views : 5936 | Replies : 7 | READ MORE

The first round of the Ladbrokes Challenge Cup threw together National League Premier Division side Rochdale Mayfield, against a Crosfields side from Warrington who play their rugby in National League Conference Division Two for the live streamed game on the BBC website. Forty-eight amateur sides were included in the first round, to be joined later in the competition by Championship and Super League teams.

Being played for the 115th time, the first being in 1896, the BBC have the screening rights and will be live streaming a game in each round up to and including the fifth round of the competition. From the sixth round onwards coverage will switch to BBC1 and BBC2 right through to the final at Wembley on the 25th August.

Posted by RLFANS News Hound on Sat 27th Jan 2018 3:42 PM | Views : 1739 | Replies : 0 | READ MORE

The 2018 national U14 and U16 high school rugby league championships got off to a promising start, with an increased 19 teams from 11 schools participating, Calabar High the defending champions at both age groups.

 In the U14 category, Kingston College, Calabar, Spanish Town and St. Catherine are joined by newcomers, Cedar Grove Academy, Old Harbour and BB Coke High.

Old Harbour won on debut against Kingston College and Cedar Grove Academy’s draw with St. Catherine were the surprise results from round one.

Posted by RLFANS News Hound on Fri 26th Jan 2018 9:32 AM | Views : 1165 | Replies : 0 | READ MORE

Both Castleford Tigers and Leeds Rhinos put out strong sides as the Champions travelled to the Minor Premiers for a pre-season friendly on the eve of Super League XXIII. Conditions were terrible for the game at the Mend-a-Hose Jungle, cold, damp and some snow flurries in the air.

Both coaches Powell and McDermott named extended benches as they looked to give a run out to their fully fit squad players as the Rhinos looked towards the start of the season in the post-Burrow and McGuire period.

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The Betfred Championship competition gets underway on Friday 2nd February when Sheffield Eagles travel to Dewsbury to take on the Rams in the opener. Toulouse Olympique XIII host Swinton Lions in the Saturday afternoon kick-off, with all of the remaining round one fixtures being played on Sunday afternoon.

Featherstone Rovers are at home to Halifax, Barrow Raiders make the long trip south to take on the London Broncos which relegate Leigh Centurions take part in probably the most eagerly anticipated game of the weekend as they host the Toronto Wolfpack in a game which will set the scene for the season. The final game of the weekend is Rochdale Hornets against Batley Bulldogs.

But who do the bookies think will make it into the all-important top four places and a shot at promotion in the middle eights?

Posted by RLFANS News Hound on Thu 18th Jan 2018 9:46 AM | Views : 4295 | Replies : 0 | READ MORE

Two weeks tomorrow, Betfred Super League XXIII gets underway as the Warrington Wolves welcome last season’s Champions the Leeds Rhinos to the Halliwell-Jones Stadium in the opening fixture. A few minutes later the Challenge Cup winners Hull FC open their campaign with a home fixture against the Huddersfield Giants.

Friday sees three fixtures with; Salford Red Devils at home to Wigan Warriors, St Helens entertaining the minor premiers the Castleford Tigers, and the newly promoted Hull KR at home against Wakefield Trinity. The final game of the opening round takes place on Sunday afternoon when the Widnes Vikings have their first game against last season’s Million Pound victors, the Catalans Dragons.

But what do the bookies think will be the outcome of what promises to be a closely fought season?

Posted by RLFANS News Hound on Wed 17th Jan 2018 11:19 AM | Views : 16337 | Replies : 74 | READ MORE

The Moderators and Admins of RLFANS.COM would like to wish all our users and visitors a Happy and Prosperous New Year as we welcome in what promises to be a fantastic 2018.


We are now just a month away from the start of the Betfred Super League XXIII season and while it only seems like two minutes since that incredible World Cup Final, we can’t wait for the new competitions to get underway with so many questions to be answered.

Posted by RLFANS News Hound on Mon 1st Jan 2018 7:13 AM | Views : 3123 | Replies : 0 | READ MORE

Following meetings in England in the run up to Christmas, Ukraine Rugby League has announced a revamp of its top competition which will see five regional Super League franchises put in place, allied to English clubs.

Transcarpathia Trinity, linked to Wakefield; Lviv Tigers allied to Castleford; Wests Knights, partnered by York; Kyiv Rhinos who will work with Leeds; and Easts Giants, supported by Huddersfield, will be the participants of the 2018 Joma Super Rugby League.

Posted by RLFANS News Hound on Thu 28th Dec 2017 11:54 AM | Views : 2439 | Replies : 0 | READ MORE

Yaxley Yaks would like to thank for its kind support during our inaugural season of touch rugby

The Club spent last weekend celebrating with a tournament which joined families together for a festive fun competition.

Chairman James Warrener told “Our core values as a club have been “Family, Fitness & Fun” and we were keen to apply that to our Winter Family Festival.”

Posted by RLFANS News Hound on Tue 19th Dec 2017 5:21 PM | Views : 3280 | Replies : 1 | READ MORE

Rugby League and hair metal appear so unrelated that it would seem to be a Herculean effort to combine the two into a coherent and readable page turner, but that is exactly what Steve Mascord has achieved in his new book ‘Touchstones: Rugby League, Rock 'n' Roll, The Road and Me’.


Steve has spent the last thirty years with the smell of either liniment or hairspray, and often both on the same day, pervading his nostrils. During this time he has established one half of himself as one of our great sports foremost journalists and columnists, while his big haired alter-ego has had equal success as a commentator on all things rock and metal.


It was the authors stated intent to take in one rugby league fixture and one rock concert a week for a whole year, in this case 2016, and although that might sound like a recipe for a monotonous and repetitive tome, what Steve has penned in just under 300 pages of enchanting prose is an insight into an addictive personality and a life lived to the full and played out illuminated by the floodlights/stage lights of his two great loves.


There is plenty here on music to appeal to the rugby league aficionado, and vice versa, so rather than a disjointed book about two seemingly unrelated subjects, what we are presented with is more of an insight into the life of a dysfunctional but highly principled journalist who is equally at home in the mosh pit as he is in the press box.


Any book which opens with the words ‘I was conceived in an insane asylum...’ is sure to be a few degrees removed from the normal journalists memoirs, but one would expect nothing else from the man who is disliked by Kiss’s Gene Simmonds and Paul Stanley and who once got drunk at an Ozzy Osbourne publicity event and embarrassed himself in front of Osbourne’s famous wife Sharon.

Posted by RLFANS News Hound on Tue 12th Dec 2017 2:56 PM | Views : 8619 | Replies : 0 | READ MORE

Today,  Monday 11th December, we are launching our RLFANS.COM Quiz to entertain you through the barren, harsh, rugby less winter.

It is free for anyone to enter for anyone who wishes to test their rugby league knowledge, and perhaps pick up an unknown fact or two. Each day you will be presented with five new multi-choice questions across a wide array of Rugby League related topics and asked to make your selection.

The quiz will run until the end of January 2018 at which point we will crown our champion, and award them a trophy (of some description… as yet undecided). In addition we will randomly select one player, from all those competitors who have attempted all 260 questions, and they will win a fantastic pair of 2018 Grand Final tickets.

Posted by RLFANS News Hound on Fri 8th Dec 2017 2:36 PM | Views : 83627 | Replies : 62 | READ MORE

If you are looking for that extra stocking filler for the Rugby League fan in your life, or you just want to relive some of the magical moments from a sensational 2017 Super League season, then then the ‘Betfred Super League 2017’ double-disc set fits the bill perfectly.


The two discs between them contain 274 minutes of all the best action from the opening round, through the Magic Weekend in Newcastle and on to the Grand Final at Old Trafford.


Whichever side you support you are bound to find something here to bring the memories of an incredible season.

Posted by RLFANS News Hound on Wed 6th Dec 2017 1:34 PM | Views : 3415 | Replies : 2 | READ MORE
In the build up to the 40th Rugby League Varsity Match in 2020, Oxford and Cambridge rugby league clubs have announced an exclusive membership package called Oxbridge 40:20.
Oxbridge 40:20 enables members to access offers previously made only to students and Old Boys of the two clubs; provides tables at the Varsity Match and tables at the 40th Anniversary Gala Dinner, to be held after Varsity 2020.
Members will also be welcome to attend drinks receptions with Old Boys held by the Clubs at the start of each season and will receive space in programmes, recognition and promotion to all members and Old Boys.
Posted by RLFANS News Hound on Mon 4th Dec 2017 3:12 PM | Views : 3679 | Replies : 0 | READ MORE

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