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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.


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.

Yaxley Yaks would like to thank RLFans.com 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 RLFans.com “Our core values as a club have been “Family, Fitness & Fun” and we were keen to apply that to our Winter Family Festival.”

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.


Today,  Monday 11th December, we are launching our RLFANS.COM Quiz to entertain you through the barren, harsh, rugby less winter.  http://forums.rlfans.com/quiz 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.


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.


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.

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.


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.

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.” 
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