Total Rugby League is the world’s second biggest dedicated Rugby League website, according to traffic measuring specialists Alexa.com.
The online arm of League Express newspaper and Rugby League World magazine is now recognised as a one-stop-shop for any discerning Rugby League fan thanks to its constant stream of news, features, interviews and its popular forum.
With well over five million monthly pageviews, the site has been handed an Alexa rank of 69,436, which places it second in the Rugby League world only to NRL.com (18,753).
Alexa is a subsidiary of digital giants Amazon and is seen as an industry standard method of measuring which websites gain the most traffic. The lower the number a site is given, the more popular it is. For example, Google is ranked number one, Facebook is in second and YouTube is third.
On the other side of the coin, the RFL website has a rank of 441,995, while the official Super League site weighs in at 252,179. Several Super League clubs have ranks exceeding a million.
“It’s marvellous to see,” said Martyn Sadler, chairman of League Publications Ltd, which owns TotalRL.com.
“A lot of people doubt the popularity of Rugby League in this country and they need to be aware there are thousands of people who love to read about our great game.”
Interestingly, even rugby union pales in comparison – The RFU site (91,971) is just inside the top 100,000 while the Aviva Premiership is languishing in 233,253rd place.