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.

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.” 

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.

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.

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.

UFRL president Artur Martyrosyan Jnr has complimented all the sides who played this season, which has seen further, steady progress for the sport . “We have completed another excellent season of senior and junior rugby league,” he said. “I would like to congratulate all the teams that have participated, and those that have had success this year.”   Legion XIII were once again the champion side, beating ‘Sokil’ Lvov in the Grand Final to maintain their run of domestic dominance, 2017 seeing them go through unbeaten and conceding their fewest number of points in games.

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