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 : 1301 | 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 : 3048 | 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 : 4867 | 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 : 7126 | 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 : 5856 | 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.

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We’d like to wish all of our users, Moderators, sponsors and supporters the merriest Christmas, and hope that everyone has a fantastic festive season.

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 : 8647 | 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 : 5962 | 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 : 7543 | 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 : 7336 | 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 : 10044 | 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 : 7575 | 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 : 7590 | 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 : 10146 | 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 : 12375 | 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 : 6442 | Replies : 0 | READ MORE

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England had the chance to seal a series win over New Zealand, for the second time in four years, as the two sides met for a Sunday afternoon encounter at Anfield in Liverpool.

With skipper Sean O’Loughlin out injured it was down to veteran star James Graham to marshall his troops against what was sure to be a New Zealand onslaught as they looked to level the series ahead of next weekends game at Elland Road in Leeds.

The Kiwi’s were slight favourites with the bookies but there was very little to choose between the two sides whose only changes from last week were both at loose forward.

Posted by RLFANS News Hound on Sun 4th Nov 2018 4:37 PM | Views : 11227 | Replies : 17 | READ MORE

The domestic season may be over with clubs having turned their thoughts to season ticket sales, while the players are enjoying hard –earned holidays with their families and resting their battered bodies, but the rugby league scene is far from hibernation with plenty going on to get the fans talking.

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

Posted by RLFANS News Hound on Tue 30th Oct 2018 6:40 PM | Views : 7198 | Replies : 0 | READ MORE

The eagerly anticipated opening fixture of the three match test series against New Zealand saw England in Hull at the KCOM Stadium for the crucial first instalment.

England won the mid-season game against the Kiwi’s in Denver by 36-18 but would have to do without the likes of Gareth Widdop, Luke Gale and Ryan Hall. New Zealand travelled to England on the back of a two point victory over Australia a fortnight ago and made just one change to that winning side.

The tourists were the slight favourites with the bookies but there was little to choose between the two sides, the stage was set for a classic.

Posted by RLFANS News Hound on Sat 27th Oct 2018 4:24 PM | Views : 13259 | Replies : 27 | READ MORE


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