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  1. Bristol RLFC

    Thank you blackknight I should have read the article more closely. I suppose that this leaves a space for Manchester in the fixture lists.
  2. Bristol RLFC

    Oxford and Gloucester have merged and become Bristol RLFC. So two long journeys replaced by one slightly longer trip.
  3. York Game

    BatleyFanAndy, We are away at Keighley on Good Friday, not sure about k.o time though.
  4. Keep Sheffield Eagles in Sheffield

    Signed, and happy to do so. We at York know what it is like to loose your club and I wouldn't wish it on anyone. Please keep us informed if there is anything else we can do to help.
  5. Sheffield Eagles Club Captain Jack Howieson has announced his retirement from Rugby League with immediate effect. Howieson, 31, has been with the Eagles for 13 seasons since coming to the city as a student at Sheffield Hallam University. He made his debut for the club against South Yorkshire rivals Doncaster on Good Friday in 2001 and was first introduced to rugby league back in Hemel Hempstead, playing with Hemel Stags who joins the professional rugby league ranks in Championship One this year. Howieson led the club to promotion to the Championship in 2006, helped the club become a strong force in the league and this culminated in the famous 20-16 victory over Featherstone Rovers in last year’s Grand Final. Speaking of his departure, Howieson said, “I’ve loved every minute of my playing career at the Eagles and I have been lucky enough to fulfil one my goals last year in winning the Championship Grand Final.” “It’s been a tough decision to make but one that is right for me and my family at this moment in time.” “A recent increase in work load in the full time day and the pressures of supporting a young family mean I am no longer able to fully commit time as a professional rugby league player.” “Along with this, recent injury problems and the need for a further operation on my knee have brought forward my decision to call time on my career.”
  6. Keighley player-coach Paul March and Workington prop Jamie Thackray have been banned for two games each for abusing match officials. Seems they saw through Marchies excuse of mistaken identity.
  7. Interesting Article in Todays Press

    An excellent idea, and long overdue in my opinion. I will have to think long and hard before I make my nomination.
  8. The RFL are delighted to announce that Kingstone Press Cider will become the official title sponsor of the Championship and Championship One competitions for the next two seasons. Kingstone Press Cider is the major brand of Aston Manor Cider, the second largest cider maker in the UK, and will also be an official partner of the England Rugby League team. The partnership will see the popular cider brand gain exposure via in-stadia perimeter and programme advertising, a television broadcast presence on Premier Sports and a high profile on the Kingstone Press Championships website during the most geographically diverse Rugby League campaign in history. Kingstone Press will also invest a significant budget to work with the RFL and Championships clubs to promote their brand, the competitions, the sport and England Rugby League. With three new clubs – Hemel Stags, Oxford and University of Gloucestershire All Golds - joining the professional ranks for the first time and both Championship and Championship One undergoing a restructuring process for 2013, Kingstone Cider will play an integral role in widening the competition’s exposure in new and existing regions. RFL Chief Operating Officer Ralph Rimmer said: “We are delighted to welcome Kingstone Press Cider and Aston Manor on board as the official title sponsor of the 2013 Championships.
  9. Eight former rugby league legends will swap the pitch for the boxing ring when they compete for the title of ‘Rugby League Fight Champion 2013’ on Wednesday 27 February 2013 at the Reebok Stadium in Bolton. The event will see the likes of St Helens legend and recent MBE Paul ‘The Saint’ Sculthorpe, Great Britain international and Leeds legend Keith ‘The Chief’ Senior, boxing regular and former Hull Captain Lee ‘Raging Bull’ Radford and Wigan ‘Team of the Decade’ player Mick ‘Butch’ Cassidy fight it out for the grand prize of £10,000. The fighters will be drawn at random in a Prizefighter concept and will face three matches to win the money and be crowned ‘Rugby League Fight Champion 2013’ – the hardest in rugby league. £1 from each ticket sale will go towards Joining Jack, a charity dedicated to funding research and development for Duchenne Muscular Disorder (DMD). Rugby League Fight Champion is being co-organised by Rugger in the Ring and St Helen’s legend Sean Long. Long recently fought in a Rugger in the Ring event in November 2012 in an explosive match against Munster giant Alan Quinlan. Lee Radford was also part of the November line-up where he took on Leeds Rhinos coach Brian McDermott. McDermott won the fight and claimed the WCB Championship belt. Grab your tickets at http://www.ruggerinthering.com/, from just £20 each.