The champions, Wigan Warriors, had a local derby against last seasons league leaders St Helens at the Totally Wicked Stadium to herald the start of the 2019 Betfred Super League season. Despite arctic conditions, the endeavours of the ground staff meant that the game was never in doubt, and the stands were packed in anticipation.

New Cherry & Whites boss Adrian Lam was dealt a blow on Wednesday when his side were docked two league points for a 2017 salary cap breach. But it was something else that he could use as motivation as a somewhat changed side looked to get their season off to a winning start.

St Helens came into the game as pre-season favourites to go all the way to Old Trafford and lift the Super League trophy, but the promise of a long season stretched out in front of both teams.

Posted by RLFANS News Hound on Thu 31st Jan 2019 9:30 PM | Views : 1827 | Replies : 0 | READ MORE

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If so, Betfred are celebrating their sponsorship of Super League and Championship rugby by looking for your story. In exchange they will give you a chance to win up to £10,000,  and be declared the rugby league Super Fan.

You can nominate yourself, a friend, a partner or relative for consideration.

Posted by RLFANS News Hound on Thu 31st Jan 2019 4:00 PM | Views : 5735 | Replies : 0 | READ MORE

It’s tomorrow.

We get started again tomorrow, as the Champions take on St Helens in the opening Super League fixture. The long wait is over and we are as giddy as a group of five years olds at a theme park. The long winter is over and the light is dawning on a new season.

We’ve had a look back at the news over the last week to pick up on stories which you might have missed to keep your finger on the pulse of what is happening inside the greatest game.

Posted by RLFANS News Hound on Wed 30th Jan 2019 7:17 PM | Views : 2796 | Replies : 0 | READ MORE

Whatever the outcome, Challenge Cup history was being made this afternoon in the Cumbrian countryside as Millom RLFC, the oldest amateur side in the country laid out the welcome carpet for Red Star Belgrade who were making their debut in the competition.

National Converence Division Three side Millom were handed the draw of the round, in terms of interest, when they were drawn out to host a Belgrade side packed full of local Serbian players in the round one pairings.

There had been intense media attention and a decent crowd had gathered in one of the great rugby league heartlands ahead of the game.

Posted by RLFANS News Hound on Sun 27th Jan 2019 3:17 PM | Views : 2094 | Replies : 4 | READ MORE

Premier League Underbank Rangers from Holmfith travelled to Northwest Counties side Orrell St James for the sides’ fixture in the opening round of the Coral Challenge Cup.  Fifty-two sides were in the hat all hopeful of progress, including Red Star Belgrade who will begin their campaign on Sunday afternoon.

Underbank opted to play down the slope in the first half, in good, if slightly breezy, weather conditions, as they looked to establish an early advantage.

Posted by RLFANS News Hound on Sat 26th Jan 2019 3:44 PM | Views : 1860 | Replies : 1 | READ MORE

It’s been a week of friendly matches, and one not so friendly, as the Super League sides ready themselves for the competition which starts in just eight short days when Wigan and Saints will play the opening fixture of round one. Sides now seem to be settled with little actionor speculation in the transfer market.

We’ve had a look back at the news over the last week to pick up on stories which you might have missed to keep your finger on the pulse of what is happening inside the greatest game.

Posted by RLFANS News Hound on Wed 23rd Jan 2019 6:59 PM | Views : 4048 | Replies : 0 | READ MORE

In a busy week of out-of-season rugby league we’ve had friendly matches, Yorkshire Cup semi-finals, player exchanges, player signings and a 2020 coaching prospect appearing to get cold feet. It’s never dull in our game and with just over a fortnight to go until the kick-off it is all warming up nicely.

We’ve had a look back at the news over the last week to pick up on stories which you might have missed to keep your finger on the pulse of what is happening inside the greatest game.

Posted by RLFANS News Hound on Wed 16th Jan 2019 6:46 PM | Views : 14452 | Replies : 1 | READ MORE

In just three weeks’ time we will all be getting ready for the opening round of Super League 2019 and round one weekend in the Challenge Cup. This week we’ve had financial wrangling for Salford and Catalans, a long suspension for Thomas Minns, and Luke Gale being ruled out for the season through injury.

We’ve had a look back at the news over the last week to pick up on stories which you might have missed to keep your finger on the pulse of what is happening inside the greatest game.

Posted by RLFANS News Hound on Wed 9th Jan 2019 7:14 PM | Views : 10543 | Replies : 0 | READ MORE

We are now just four weeks from the start of the 2019 Super League season and a return to the normality of the cut and thrust of weekly rugby after the winter drought. Clubs are making final moves to complete their squads and the players are back in full-time training and about to start an intense round of pre-season friendlies and trial games.

We’ve had a look back at the news over the last week to pick up on stories which you might have missed to keep your finger on the pulse of what is happening inside the greatest game.

Posted by RLFANS News Hound on Thu 3rd Jan 2019 6:33 AM | Views : 7301 | Replies : 0 | READ MORE

Works pub crawls, last minute shopping, putting the sprouts on to boil, and trying to find a soppy Christmas card for your partner at the local petrol station are what Christmas is all about. You’d be forgiven for thinking that the rugby league world would grind to a halt. But far from it, there is plenty still going on as we move to a month from the kick off to the new season.

We’ve had a look back at the news over the last week to pick up on stories which you might have missed to keep your finger on the pulse of what is happening inside the greatest game.

Posted by RLFANS News Hound on Wed 26th Dec 2018 5:49 PM | Views : 9431 | Replies : 0 | READ MORE

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We are very proud of our community and while we may have our differences, and the occasional raised voice, we are all supporters of the greatest game. We’re on the same team.

We hope that you have a fantastic time with your family, relatives and friends and that everyone stays safe. All the best, The Management.

Posted by RLFANS News Hound on Mon 24th Dec 2018 3:45 PM | Views : 10591 | Replies : 7 | READ MORE

With Christmas just around the corner, and a first run out for a few of our sides in festive friendlies, the rugby league world keeps turning. This week we’ve had another fine victory for England Academy, the naming of a new RFL President and the draw for the first round of the Challenge Cup.

We’ve had a look back at the news over the last week to pick up on stories which you might have missed to keep your finger on the pulse of what is happening inside the greatest game.

Posted by RLFANS News Hound on Tue 18th Dec 2018 8:39 AM | Views : 6787 | Replies : 0 | READ MORE

As we head towards the festive season, and the players return to pre-season training, there is still plenty happening in the world of Rugby League. This week we’ve had a terrific England victory over the Australians, a surprise entry into the Challenge Cup, and some better news about Saints Academy star Joe Sharratt.

We’ve had a look back at the news over the last week to pick up on stories which you might have missed to keep your finger on the pulse of what is happening inside the greatest game.

Posted by RLFANS News Hound on Tue 11th Dec 2018 8:15 AM | Views : 9747 | Replies : 0 | READ MORE

It’s been a week of the Australian Schoolboys, collapsing floodlights, Jarrod Sammut finally picking a club and a flurry of signings at Leigh Centurions. Wigan will travel to Barcelona rather than Perpignan in 2019 and journeyman Ryan Bailey gets a trial at a Championship club.

We’ve had a look back at the news over the last week to pick up on stories which you might have missed to keep your finger on the pulse of what is happening inside the greatest game.

Posted by RLFANS News Hound on Tue 4th Dec 2018 7:44 AM | Views : 8268 | Replies : 0 | READ MORE

It’s been a week of signings, contract extensions, arguments over the reserve grade and a developing fracas between Featherstone Rovers and the Leigh Centurions. The game never stands still for long.

We’ve had a look back at the news over the last week to pick up on stories which you might have missed to keep your finger on the pulse of what is happening inside the greatest game.

Posted by RLFANS News Hound on Tue 27th Nov 2018 6:58 AM | Views : 11345 | Replies : 0 | READ MORE

Rugby League is a sport which never sleeps and although the playing for 2018 is all over for the professional sides, there is plenty going on in the contracts departments and the sides look to strengthen their squads for the coming season.

We’ve had a look back at the news over the last week to pick up on stories which you might have missed to keep your finger on the pulse of what is happening inside the greatest game.

Posted by RLFANS News Hound on Tue 20th Nov 2018 8:30 AM | Views : 8420 | Replies : 0 | READ MORE

A long hard season finally ended on Sunday when England took on New Zealand in the third test at Elland Road. While the players turn their dreams of tropical beaches into reality, the fans thoughts turn to 2019 and how their side might fare in the cut and thrust of the new domestic season.

We’ve had a look back at the news over the last week to pick up on stories which you might have missed to keep your finger on the pulse of what is happening inside the greatest game.

Posted by RLFANS News Hound on Tue 13th Nov 2018 7:03 AM | Views : 8900 | Replies : 0 | READ MORE

The series win already under their belt, England travelled to Elland Road looking for the whitewash against a New Zealand side who were determined to at least get something out of the three tests.

England were forced into three changes with Sam Tomkins, Daryl Clark, and George Burgess unavailable for selection. Richie Myler, Joe Greenwood and Stefan Ratchford took their places. Last weekends hat-trick hero, and recently named Golden Boot winner, Tommy Makinson would be looking to further add to his tally as the large crowd were looking to celebrate the series win.

The fear was that England would take their eye off the ball, but it would be a massive confidence boost if they were to make it a first ever series whitewash over New Zealand.

Posted by RLFANS News Hound on Sun 11th Nov 2018 5:14 PM | Views : 11436 | Replies : 13 | READ MORE

The Super League XXIV fixtures were released a lunchtime so plans can now be made for the 2019 season which will kick off with the reigning champions the Wigan Warriors, against the minor premiers St Helens, in an opening round containing two televised derby games.

The opening fixture will be televised by SKY on the 31st January as a twenty-nine round programme gets underway including the six much discussed ‘loop’ fixtures.

 

Posted by RLFANS News Hound on Tue 6th Nov 2018 12:05 PM | Views : 13221 | Replies : 48 | READ MORE

While the end of season international calendar enters its final week there is plenty of other news around the game to keep the fans interested as we head towards the cold, dark, winter months and anticipate what the 2019 season may bring.

We’ve had a look back at the news over the last week to pick up on stories which you might have missed to keep your finger on the pulse of what is happening inside the greatest game.

Posted by RLFANS News Hound on Tue 6th Nov 2018 6:59 AM | Views : 7155 | Replies : 0 | READ MORE


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