Posted by RLFANS News Hound on Thu 27th Jul 2017 6:52 PM
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.
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Posted by RLFANS News Hound on Wed 26th Jul 2017 12:00 PM
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.
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Posted by RLFANS News Hound on Wed 26th Jul 2017 8:23 AM
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.
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Posted by RLFANS News Hound on Tue 25th Jul 2017 4:10 PM
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.
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Posted by RLFANS News Hound on Mon 24th Jul 2017 2:20 PM
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.
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Posted by RLFANS News Hound on Sun 23rd Jul 2017 5:03 PM
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.
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Posted by RLFANS News Hound on Sat 22nd Jul 2017 7:04 PM
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.
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Posted by RLFANS News Hound on Sat 22nd Jul 2017 12:37 PM
A vastly weakened Leeds Rhinos side with one eye on next weekend’s Challenge Cup final against Hull FC made the trip over the Pennines to take on a strong looking Wigan Warriors side who are also in Cup action against Salford Red Devils a week on Sunday.

The bookies gave the second placed Rhinos absolutely no chance of taking the two points, and handed them a twenty point start on the coupon, despite the Rhinos winning the game at Headingley earlier in the season by 26-18.

A win for the Rhinos would come close to killing off and aspirations that eighth placed Wigan might have of a top four finish, but a home victory would put them right in the mix.
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Posted by RLFANS News Hound on Thu 20th Jul 2017 10:02 PM
The opening game of round twenty-three of Super League, the last before the split into the Super Eights, saw a dead rubber game between two sides who were simply looking for form going into the middle eights competition.

Warrington Wolves were guaranteed ninth spot and four home games, while Widnes were likely to finish eleventh and couldn't manage any better.

The Wolves won the game in Widnes back in April by 19-10, and their home game in the cup by 34-20, but both sides wanted the confidence boost that a win would bring.
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Posted by RLFANS News Hound on Fri 14th Jul 2017 11:52 PM
First versus third for the Sky Friday night fixture, that would either extend Castleford’s lead at the top of the table or guarantee a top four slot for the Devils moving into the Super 8’s. The pressure was certainly on Salford having lost four from their last five, could they bounce back from a heavy defeat at Headingley the week before? A dry start promised a fast game perfect for the Greg Eden to add to his try scoring tally for the season.

With the end of the first phase of the league only one week away it promised to be a competitive game. It was an opportunity for Salford to steady the nerves going in to the Super 8’s
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Posted by RLFANS News Hound on Thu 13th Jul 2017 9:58 PM
Anything other than a victory for the Warrington Wolves would condemn them to the middle eight’s and seven games of anguish to fight for their Super League lives. While tonight’s opponents Wigan Warriors are already safely in the Super Eights a win would get them within just two points of fourth placed Hull FC.

This is the fourth meeting of the season between these two great sides with the Warriors having won comfortably in the league but by just a single point in the Challenge Cup. The sides also fought out a dramatic draw at the Magic Weekend in Newcastle.
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Posted by RLFANS News Hound on Wed 12th Jul 2017 12:58 PM
It was all on the line at the Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane, in State of Origin 3 with the sides tied at one win each. New South Wales comfortably won the opening game by 28-4 while a sensational second half fightback from Queensland saw them emerge as 18-16 victors.

New South Wales named an unchanged side coming into today's game but Queensland rang the changes forced by the well publicised shoulder injury to Johnathan Thurston. Cameron Munster was given a debut in Thurston's shirt while Michael Morgan came off the bench to take over in the centres from Darius Boyd, who has a broken thumb.

The Blues and Maroons were hopefully about to serve up a State of Origin feast.
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Posted by RLFANS News Hound on Tue 11th Jul 2017 7:31 AM
England coach Wayne Bennett has signed Andre Savelio next season on a two-year contract with Brisbane Broncos.

Savelio will see out the rest of his contract with Warrington as they battle for their survival in Betfred Super League before linking up with Bennett's men and joining the likes of Sam Burgess and James Graham in the NRL.
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Posted by RLFANS News Hound on Mon 10th Jul 2017 2:54 PM
Five channels will be dedicated to sports viewers love. Sky Sports Main Event will show the biggest live sports events in one place, while Sky Sports Action and Arena will show all the other incredible sport Sky offers.

All Sky customers will continue to enjoy Sky Sports News and Sky Sports Mix. NOW TV customers will be able to purchase the new Sky Sports line-up at no additional cost.

Virgin Media and TalkTalk customers will also benefit from the channel changes.
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Posted by RLFANS News Hound on Sun 9th Jul 2017 5:42 PM
With just three games left until the split into the Middle and Lower eights round twenty-one of the Kingstone Press Championship could prove to be the crucial weekend in deciding who will play where, as we enter August.

The biggest game of the round was undoubtedly in Toulouse where the fourth placed home side welcomed fifth placed Halifax in what many saw as a Middle Eights decider.

Elsewhere, Hull KR were at Bradford, there was a heavy woollen derby at Batley, the Eagles were in London, Featherstone were looking to cement their play-off place at Oldham and Rochdale entertained Swinton.
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