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.

Posted by RLFANS News Hound on Sun 21st Jan 2018 4:37 PM | Views : 1604 | Replies : 0 | READ MORE

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 : 1637 | 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 : 7848 | Replies : 22 | 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 : 1155 | 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 : 1046 | 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 : 1875 | 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 : 5944 | 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 : 28320 | Replies : 42 | 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 : 1987 | 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 : 2118 | Replies : 0 | READ MORE

As dawn broke on another sunny Brisbane day, judgement day had finally arrived. After twenty-seven group and knockout games the best two sides in the World, Australia and England, would meet at the Suncorp Stadium to decide the World Champions.


The bookies and the pundits gave England slightly less chance than that of a ‘snowball in hell’ and with considerable disruption to the side through the loss of skipper Sean O’Loughlin and hooker Josh Hodgson, Wayne Bennett knew his side would need to play not only their game of the tournament, but that of their lives, to win the ultimate prize.


The question on everyone’s lips was whether England would roar like lions or go like lambs to the slaughter.

Posted by RLFANS News Hound on Sat 2nd Dec 2017 10:54 AM | Views : 9099 | Replies : 28 | READ MORE

England skipper Sean O’Loughlin has been ruled out for the side ahead of tomorrow’s  eagerly anticipated World Cup Final against Australia in Brisbane. The news comes as a second injury blow to coach Wayne Bennett who also lost the services of hooker Josh Hodgson after he picked up an injury in the nail-biting semi-final against Tonga.

Sam Burgess drops to loose forward and takes over as England captain and the coach sticks with his new found combination of Gareth Widdop at full back with Kevin Brown and Luke Gale in the halves.

Posted by RLFANS News Hound on Fri 1st Dec 2017 8:17 AM | Views : 4161 | Replies : 2 | READ MORE

In their first campaign, Stavanger Storm have finished top of the expanded Norwegian rugby league championship, ahead of Porsgrunn Pirates. The season saw a seven-team competition, with sides spread over 1,800km, complete all the scheduled games, along with the national side competing in four fixtures, all unbeaten, in what is the most successful Norge RL campaign to date.

“Forty games being played without a single forfeit is a major step forward,” said chairman Lee Johnson. “We now look to the future with a strategic plan to develop better skills among the players. We also look forward to taking on new and stronger opposition within Europe and to do our best in the 2021 World Cup qualifiers.” 

Posted by RLFANS News Hound on Thu 30th Nov 2017 7:54 AM | Views : 1510 | Replies : 0 | READ MORE

Members of Parliament have wished the England men’s rugby league team well ahead of the Rugby League World Cup final on Saturday (2 December). 

At Prime Minister’s Questions First Secretary of State, Rt Hon. Damian Green MP, and Shadow First Secretary of State, Rt Hon. Emily Thornberry MP passed on their best wishes to the team. The exchange can be viewed here.

Posted by RLFANS News Hound on Wed 29th Nov 2017 1:27 PM | Views : 1722 | Replies : 0 | READ MORE

A packed Mount Smart Stadium in Auckland at absolute fever pitch was the venue for the second semi-final as England took on Tonga for the honour of taking on Australia in next weeks final.


Wayne Bennett was able to name an unchanged seventeen after Kevin Brown was declared fit and the Warrington half was teamed up with Luke Gale at scrum half and Gareth Widdop at full back. The much fancied Tonga made just one change from the side who were pushed all the way by Lebanon last week with prop Sio Taukeiaho replacing Ofahengaue.


The hopes of an expectant nation rested on seventeen men in white.

Posted by RLFANS News Hound on Sat 25th Nov 2017 7:15 AM | Views : 7904 | Replies : 18 | READ MORE

After last weeks stunning and surprise 4-2 victory over New Zealand, hosts Australia knew the danger that World Cup underdogs Fiji brought into today’s fixture at the Suncorp Stadium with a place at the final up for grabs.


Both sides named the same seventeen but word from the Australia camp was that Mal Meninga was forced to ‘read the riot act’ at training on Wednesday after a lacklustre run out from the green and gold. Fiji would need the help of their heavenly eighteenth man as they put their faith into their game as they looked to cause a second consecutive shock.


The bookies fancied Australia, but there was just that element of the unknown.

Posted by RLFANS News Hound on Fri 24th Nov 2017 11:05 AM | Views : 5859 | Replies : 3 | READ MORE

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