Grassroots Rugby League news round up

The Rugby Football League has congratulated those clubs that played friendly matches on the last weekend of April.

In her regular Friday email to clubs, Head of Delivery (Community Game Competitions) Kelly Barrett said: “It was nice to see so many players with smiles on their faces after such a long time not playing. We appreciate there will have been many players aching after their first game!”

She continued: “We have had some positive feedback around how well clubs were managing the return and a couple of reports of where protocols were not adhered to, which we have dealt with.

“Screening Register assessments must be undertaken by each team, which includes checking players and coaching staff temperatures. The person responsible must make sure the temperature is not 37.8C or higher; once the check is completed, they just then tick the box. All records must be kept for 21 days.

“Spectators are not permitted to attend sporting events taking place on private land, other than adults needed to supervise under-18s that they have a responsibility for (or providing care or assistance to a person with disabilities participating in organised sporting activity). They should maintain social distance and not mix with other households. This does not prevent people from viewing recreational or organised sport that is taking place in a public space such as a park, in groups of six or two households. However, sporting events that are intended or likely to attract a significant number of spectators should not take place in a public space or on private land until Step 3. The local authority may have different rules, so it is important that clubs check this (please remember that local authorities and the police have the ability to impose fines to those that are not observing the government guidelines).”

Barrett stressed: “Our preference is that players turn up ready to play and do not use changing rooms. In the event you decide to use changing rooms you must ensure that you minimise the use and ensure everyone is socially distanced in accordance with the regulations covering the amount of space required for each participant. Changing rooms must not be used at half-time. Can I please remind clubs that they shouldn’t be advertising any games or encouraging any people to turn up and spectate?”


The Bulldogs, who have entered the Dubai over 35s Tens each year since 2011, aim to take part again at the end of November/early December following the cancellation of the 2020 event because of the coronavirus pandemic.

Organiser Martyn Ward told League Express: “The Bulldogs have a good reputation in the Middle East with plenty of great players from the amateur and professional games wearing our colours, including such as Warrington great Mark Forster and, more recently, Wakefield, Huddersfield and Hunslet star Paul March.
“We won the Plate competition last time out, in 2019, and have always enhanced the name of Rugby League in a rugby union competition.”

He continued: “The trip has a cost that includes return flights to Dubai from Manchester, bed and breakfast in a good hotel, transfers, internal transport, tournament entry, playing kit and apparel – and, on the last day, a trip on an exclusive ocean-going luxury yacht.”

Anyone interested in taking part should email with brief details of playing history.
“Those selected will have the trip of a lifetime,” said Ward, who added: “There are also opportunities for sponsors to travel with the team.”


Wales Under 17s heritage trials are scheduled to take place later this month.

The sessions – at Rhyl RUFC on Saturday 22 May between 11.00am and 2.00pm – are aimed at young men who play their Rugby League outside Wales.

Eligibility rests on having first seen the light of day between 1 September 2003 and 31 August 2005 and either having been born in Wales or having a Welsh parent or grandparent.

Interested players should email for further details.


Thornhill Trojans brushed aside the sin-binning of Joel Gibson on the hour to recover from 16-6 adrift to beat visitors HUNSLET WARRIORS 22-16.

Matthew Tebb crossed shortly after Gibson’s departure and the Trojans went on to snatch victory with late tries for Jordan Lowther and Harry Woodward, with Casey Johnson adding his third goal.

Jamie Searby had crossed earlier for the hosts, while the Warriors had led through a Tyler Gargan brace, a Josh McClelland effort and a couple of Jordan Gale conversions.

Elsewhere, SIDDAL prevailed 44-24 at EASTMOOR DRAGONS, thanks to four tries by Harvey Williams and touchdowns for Adam Horder, Jake Turner, Dan May and Will Scrimshaw, plus six James Dodd goals. The Dragons, who recovered from 12-0 down to 22-10 behind midway through the first half, posted a try and two goals for Danny Jackson and touchdowns by Jamie Bell, Jordan Walker, Jacob McDermott and Reece Nicholson.


Friday 30 April 2021
Skirlaugh v Hull Dockers Whites.
Saturday 1 May 2021
Hull Wyke U15s v Hull Dockers U16s.
Hull Wyke v East Hull; West Hull v Skirlaugh; Skirlaugh Bulls v Myton Warriors.
West Hull v Skirlaugh; East Hull v Hull Dockers.
Holderness Vikings v Beverley.
Cottingham Tigers v Myton Warriors; Holderness Vikings v Hull Wyke.
Sunday 2 May 2021
West Hull v Cottingham Tigers.
Beverley U15s v West Hull U15s; Cottingham Tigers U15s v Hull Dockers U15s; Skirlaugh U15s v East Hull U15s.
Beverley v Cottingham Tigers.
Cottingham Tigers v Hull Wyke.
Hull Wyke v Myton Warriors.
West Hull Gold v East Hull; West Hull Green v Beverley.

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