It was a sweltering south of France that was the backdrop for the opening game of the qualifiers for the Catalans Dragons and London Broncos. It is unthinkable that the Dragons would not make it back into Super League but the Broncos also have their eye on the big prize.

The Dragons were stunned by the mid-week news that under confused circumstances Tony Gigot was back under suspension after previously winning an appeal against a two year sentence and the Broncos would have been hoping to catch them cold at the start of the competition.

The Broncos had a great Championship season finishing second to runaway leaders Hull KR and the Dragons would have been concerned about their opening fixture.
Posted by RLFANS News Hound on Sat 5th Aug 2017 7:14 PM | Views : 2395 | Replies : 0 | READ MORE
In the opening round of what many consider the most exciting end-of-season competition, the qualifying eights saw the visit of Leigh Centurions to Featherstone Rovers. After last nights win for the Warrington Wolves over the Widnes Vikings, both of these sides were looking for the best possible start to their campaign.

All sides have had their points re-set to zero with the prize, in seven games time, being progress into Super League for 2018. The teams finishing fourth and fifth will play off in a crucial final game for the last Super League place, with the disappointed four playing in the Championship next year.

The Centurions were the favourites with the bookies and the pundits, but with home advantage Rovers were looking to spring a surprise and make the perfect start to their promotion push.
Posted by RLFANS News Hound on Sat 5th Aug 2017 5:03 PM | Views : 2660 | Replies : 1 | READ MORE
Despite the two sides meeeting just a fortnight ago at the DW Stadium, it was a massively different Rhinos line up who began their Super Eights campaign at home to the Cup Finalists, Wigan Warriors.

The Warriors were 34-0 winners in the final round of the regular season and fielded a side with just three changes; Liam Farrell in the starting line up for Willie Isa, with the second rower moving to the bench where he was joined by Josh Ganson who was in for the suspended Sam Powell. Jack Wells also missed out for the Warriors.

Neither side would be able to change position at the end of the night but two points for the Rhinos would edge them closer to a play off place and would make it increasingly difficult for Wigan to make the top four.
Posted by RLFANS News Hound on Fri 4th Aug 2017 10:00 PM | Views : 2364 | Replies : 0 | READ MORE
The Super Eights arrived with a bang as the champions elect, Castleford Tigers, welcomed a St Helens side striving for a top four finish and a berth in the play-offs.

Remarkably, Matty Smith was back in the Saints line-up after suffering an horrific eye injury in the way game at Leeds Rhinos at the end of June. The Tigers were mostly unchanged with Grant Millington back in the starting line-up and a couple of changes on the bench.

A win for the Tigers would put them just two points from the Minor Premiership, a win for Saints would lift them into third spot ahead of the rest of the round being completed.
Posted by RLFANS News Hound on Thu 3rd Aug 2017 10:00 PM | Views : 2720 | Replies : 2 | READ MORE
It has been announced that Rangi Chase has been suspended from all training and playing activity at Widnes Vikings after testing positive for the use of cocaine.

Widnes were informed of the result after Chase was tested following his sides 36-8 defeat against Wakefield Trinity on the 14th July. Having been told of the immediate suspension by the UK Anti-Doping body and the Rugby Football League the Vikings stated that 'The club fully respects this suspension and are currently reviewing this matter.’
Posted by RLFANS News Hound on Thu 3rd Aug 2017 9:35 PM | Views : 3083 | Replies : 0 | READ MORE
Both Wigan Warriors and Salford Red Devils will be missing the services of key personnel going into their opening Super Eights fixtures this coming weekend.

The RFL disciplinary had charged Warriors hooker Sam Powell for a ‘cannonball tackle’ and Lama Tasi with a ‘hit with the ‘shoulder’ during last weekends Challenge Cup semi-final game at the Halliwell-Jones.
Posted by RLFANS News Hound on Tue 1st Aug 2017 7:08 PM | Views : 4151 | Replies : 3 | READ MORE
The sad story of how just TWO tables have sold for a charity dinner in honour of a Welsh rugby great battling dementia
Billy Boston is revered around the world and hails from Cardiff's Tiger Bay, but it seems his home city has forgotten him

The Welsh Charitables RFC, who have former Lions flanker Terry Cobner as chairman and JPR Williams as patron, have organised a dinner at Cardiff's Mercure Holland House Hotel on Friday, October 27, for rugby league legend Billy Boston as he battles the onset of dementia.
Posted by RLFANS News Hound on Tue 1st Aug 2017 3:29 PM | Views : 1373 | Replies : 0 | READ MORE
After being forced to wait over the weekend to start making arrangements the Kingstone Press Championship Shield fixtures have now been fully released.

The delay in the release was due to the RFL awaiting the outcome of a ‘winding up order’ issued against Swinton Lions by HMRC for unpaid taxes. It is understood that this matter was resolved on Friday night to ensure that Swinton would be able to honour their fixtures to the end of the season.
Posted by RLFANS News Hound on Mon 31st Jul 2017 10:15 PM | Views : 2098 | Replies : 0 | READ MORE
There were two charges and a caution to come out of the weekends Ladbroke’s Challenge Cup semi-finals, and both were from the hard fought game between the Wigan Warriors and Salford Red Devils.

Wigan’s Sam Powell was charged, and Frank-Paul Nuuausala received a caution, while Salford’s Lama Tasi also found himself with a charge from the Red Hall disciplinary committee.
Posted by RLFANS News Hound on Mon 31st Jul 2017 5:44 PM | Views : 2635 | Replies : 1 | READ MORE
With Hull FC having already booked their passage to Wembley, attention switched to the Halliwell-Jones Stadium in Warrington where the Challenge Cups most successful side were up against a team who have not made the final in forty-eight years, and who haven't lifted the trophy since 1938.

Salford Red Devils came into the game from a higher league position, and after having shared the spoils with Wigan Warriors during the opening twenty-three rounds of Super League with one win each, all indications were that it should be a close game.

But Warriors came into the game as clear favourites with the bookies and most commentators expected that they'd be the ones who would be joining the Airlie Birds to fight for the first silverware of the season.
Posted by RLFANS News Hound on Sun 30th Jul 2017 4:35 PM | Views : 3133 | Replies : 4 | READ MORE
The first Ladbrokes Challenge Cup semi-final saw the cup holders Hull FC up against the trophy winners in 2014 and 2015, the Leeds Rhinos. The Airlie Birds were slight favourites with the bookies for the game, in front of a sell out Keepmoat Stadium in Doncaster.

Rhinos coach Brian McDermott had rung the changes from the youthful side that lost heavily to Wigan Warriors last weekend in bringing back nine regular first teamers, but Hull were unchanged from the side that beat the Huddersfield Giants last time out.

Leeds won the meeting between the two sides at Headingley a fortnight ago by 10-7, and by 52-24 in mid-April in Hull. But this was Cup, it was Super League's second against third, and all expectations were of a cracker.
Posted by RLFANS News Hound on Sat 29th Jul 2017 4:27 PM | Views : 2150 | Replies : 0 | READ MORE
What a wonderful and exciting adventure we Rugby League fans have been handed out this week.

Who would of imagined a Super League fixture played in NSW Australia and to top it off in a beautuful coastal town and stadium such as Wollongong just South of Sydney!
Posted by RLFANS News Hound on Sat 29th Jul 2017 10:04 AM | Views : 2321 | Replies : 1 | READ MORE
The Turkish Rugby League Association has been awarded Observer status by the RLEF. The development follows a busy period in the country with the TRLA completing its first domestic championship involving five clubs, hosting two international beach events, as well as participating in the inaugural Balkans Super League.
Posted by RLFANS News Hound on Sat 29th Jul 2017 8:40 AM | Views : 1329 | Replies : 0 | READ MORE
The RFL was due to publish the entire Championship Shield fixture list on Wednesday morning but ‘operational issues’ mean that this has not been possible. This could be down to ground sharing issues with those sides who share with football or another RL side or issues with travel arrangements for the sides who have to travel to away fixtures in Toulouse.

The full list will now be issued on Monday but the opening round has been released now and includes a home game for the Bradford Bulls against Shield favourites Toulouse Olympique XIII. A loss for the Bulls will effectively see them relegated to Championship One for 2018.
Posted by RLFANS News Hound on Thu 27th Jul 2017 6:52 PM | Views : 4090 | Replies : 24 | READ MORE
In a groundbreaking initiative it has just been announced that Wigan Warriors will face Hull FC in Australia for the opening Super League 2018 fixture.

RLFANS.COM understand that the two sides will each play a pre-season friendly against NRL opposition following the meeting at the WIN Stadium in Wollongong on Saturday 10th February in a Super League fixture.
Posted by RLFANS News Hound on Wed 26th Jul 2017 12:00 PM | Views : 10093 | Replies : 77 | READ MORE
The Rugby Football League have released the fixtures for the Super 8’s which could see Castleford Tigers crowned as Minor Premiers as early as Round 3 when they have a home game against Wakefield Trinity.

SKY will be showing two games per round from the Super League Super 8s, along with at least one from the Qualifiers, although some games later in the season are still to be selected. All Catalans Dragons home games will also be shown live.
Posted by RLFANS News Hound on Wed 26th Jul 2017 8:23 AM | Views : 7799 | Replies : 23 | READ MORE
So we’ve reached the great divide, and the split into five divisions has taken place. But what actually happens now?

It's pretty complicated but we will try to simplify it here to assist your enjoyment over the rest of the season, and hopefully spike your interest in what is going on in the competitions where your own club doesn't have a direct interest.

Across five new competitions there is everything to play for.
Posted by RLFANS News Hound on Tue 25th Jul 2017 4:10 PM | Views : 13571 | Replies : 37 | READ MORE
Wakefield Trinity have announced that they have strengthened their squad through the signing of Newcastle Knights hooker Tyler Randell.

Randell will join Chris Chester's side ready for pre-season training and is expected to play a major role in the Trinity 2018 campaign.

Signed on a two year deal it will be the twenty-four year olds first exposure to the British game after spending his whole career, since his 2014 debut, at the Knights.
Posted by RLFANS News Hound on Mon 24th Jul 2017 2:20 PM | Views : 2826 | Replies : 12 | READ MORE
With Hull KR, London Broncos and Featherstone Rovers already secure in the Middle Eights competition, all eyes were on Halifax and Toulouse to see who would join them to play against Warrington, Catalans, Leigh and Widnes.

Toulouse welcomed Featherstone to the south of France on Saturday knowing that they needed to win, and then hope that Halifax failed to get a point at home against Hull KR.

London ended the regular part of the season against Batley while the other sides were jostling for position. Swinton visited Bradford, Sheffield were at Dewsbury and there was a Pennine derby as Oldham took on Rochdale.
Posted by RLFANS News Hound on Sun 23rd Jul 2017 5:03 PM | Views : 2715 | Replies : 0 | READ MORE
The last game before the split into the Super Eights for the runaway leaders Castleford Tigers saw them take their hoard of fans to the south of France sunshine for a game against the Catalans Dragons.

The league leaders could go ten points clear of the chasers with a win, just two wins away from securing the Minor Premiership with seven games to play. The home side had nothing to play for but pride and a little bit of form going into the Middle Eights competition where they will be fighting for their Super League survival.

Castleford were the strong favourites with the bookies but the partisan home crowd hoped that they were wrong and that their side could spring a surprise.
Posted by RLFANS News Hound on Sat 22nd Jul 2017 7:04 PM | Views : 1946 | Replies : 0 | READ MORE

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