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Super League
Super League
(currently known as the Betfred
Betfred
Super League
Super League
for sponsorship reasons) is the top-level professional rugby league club competition in the Northern hemisphere. The league has twelve teams: eleven from England
England
and one from France. Canadian and Welsh clubs that also compete in the Rugby Football League
Rugby Football League
can also qualify. Colloquially known in the UK as the Super League
Super League
it is referred to internationally as the European Super League
Super League
(ESL). Super League
Super League
began in 1996, replacing the RFL Championship and switching from a winter to a summer season. Each team plays 23 games between February and July: 11 home games, 11 away games and a Magic Weekend game at a neutral venue. After 23 games, teams enter a Super 8 stage, the top eight play each other once more. The top four then enter the play-off series leading to the Grand Final
Grand Final
(formerly the Championship Final) which determines the champions. The bottom four teams go on to play the top four Championship teams in The Qualifiers to determine who will play in Super League
Super League
the following season. Leeds Rhinos
Leeds Rhinos
are the most successful club in the Super League
Super League
era, having won 8 titles. However, Wigan Warriors
Wigan Warriors
are the most successful club overall, having won 21 British Championships. The Super League
Super League
champions play the National Rugby League
National Rugby League
champions from Australasia
Australasia
in the World Club Challenge
World Club Challenge
at the start of the season.

Contents

1 History

1.1 1996–2001: Establishment 1.2 2002–2008: Promotion and relegation 1.3 2009–2014: Licensing 1.4 2015–Present: Super 8s

2 Structure

2.1 World Club Series 2.2 Super League
Super League
regular season

2.2.1 Magic Weekend

2.3 Super 8s 2.4 Play-offs 2.5 Grand Final 2.6 Other competitions

2.6.1 Challenge Cup

3 Clubs

3.1 Current clubs 3.2 Former Super League
Super League
clubs 3.3 All Time Super League
Super League
table 3.4 Academies

3.4.1 Reserve league 3.4.2 Dual registration 3.4.3 Under 19s

4 Champions

4.1 Results 4.2 The Double 4.3 The Treble 4.4 All Four Cups 4.5 Teams relegated

5 Awards

5.1 League Leaders' Shield 5.2 Super League
Super League
Trophy 5.3 Steve Prescott
Steve Prescott
Man of Steel award 5.4 Albert Goldthorpe Medal 5.5 Super League
Super League
Dream Team

6 Coaches

6.1 Head coaches with Super League
Super League
titles

7 Players

7.1 Appearances 7.2 Tries 7.3 Points 7.4 Winning captains

8 Logo 9 Sponsorship 10 Competition rules

10.1 Overseas quota and Federation-trained players 10.2 Salary cap 10.3 Squad announcement system

11 Match officials 12 Criticism

12.1 Big Four dominance 12.2 Licensing 12.3 M62 Corridor

13 Media coverage

13.1 Television

13.1.1 Highlights 13.1.2 Magazines 13.1.3 International

13.2 Radio 13.3 Internet

14 See also 15 References

15.1 Inline 15.2 General

16 External links

History[edit] 1996–2001: Establishment[edit] A "super league" competition was first mooted during the Australian Super League war
Super League war
as a way for Rupert Murdoch
Rupert Murdoch
to gain the upper hand during the battle for broadcasting supremacy with the Australian Rugby League. Murdoch also approached the British clubs to form Super League. A large sum of money aided the decision, and the competition got under way in 1996. Part of the deal saw rugby league switch from a winter to a summer season. The 12 founding teams of Super League
Super League
were:

Bradford
Bradford
Bulls Castleford
Castleford
Tigers Halifax Leeds
Leeds
Rhinos London Broncos Oldham Bears Paris Saint-Germain Sheffield Eagles St. Helens Warrington
Warrington
Wolves Wigan
Wigan
Warriors Workington Town

Initially, several mergers between existing clubs were proposed:

Castleford, Wakefield Trinity
Wakefield Trinity
and Featherstone Rovers
Featherstone Rovers
would form Calder Hull and Hull Kingston Rovers
Hull Kingston Rovers
would form Hull Salford and Oldham were to form Manchester Sheffield Eagles
Sheffield Eagles
and Doncaster were to form South Yorkshire Warrington
Warrington
and Widnes
Widnes
were to form Cheshire Whitehaven, Workington Town, Barrow and Carlisle would form Cumbria

They were to be included with the following stand-alone clubs: Bradford
Bradford
Northern, Halifax, Leeds, London Broncos, Paris Saint-Germain, St. Helens and Wigan. However this proved so unpopular that only existing clubs were selected for the competition. The clubs finishing below 10th in the existing top flight were excluded, which meant Featherstone Rovers, Hull, Wakefield Trinity
Wakefield Trinity
and Widnes
Widnes
were left out, as were pioneering club Keighley who had just won the Second Division Championship. London Broncos, who had come fourth in the Second Division, were "fast-tracked" in on commercial grounds. A new team, Paris Saint-Germain, was created to give a French dimension. Between 1998 and 2000 there was no relegation from Super League. 2002–2008: Promotion and relegation[edit] After two years Paris were dropped from the competition. Promotion and relegation between Super League
Super League
and the Rugby League National Leagues was re-introduced, and in 2002 the Super League
Super League
Europe (SLE) governing body re-integrated fully into the Rugby Football League
Rugby Football League
(RFL). In 2006, French side Catalans Dragons
Catalans Dragons
(also known as UTC or Les Catalans) from Perpignan
Perpignan
joined the league, becoming the second non-English team to compete. To facilitate this move, two clubs were relegated from Super League
Super League
at the end of the 2005 season: Leigh who finished bottom of the league were replaced by the one club coming up from the National Leagues and Widnes
Widnes
who finished 11th (and would have stayed up any other year) were dropped for Les Catalans, thus the number of clubs in Super League
Super League
remained at 12. 2009–2014: Licensing[edit] Main article: Super League
Super League
licensing Super League
Super League
licences were announced in May 2005 by the RFL
RFL
as the new determinant of the Super League
Super League
competition's participants from 2009 in place of promotion and relegation. The licences were awarded after consideration of more factors than just the on-the-field performance of a club.[1] After 2007 automatic promotion and relegation was suspended for Super League
Super League
with new teams to be admitted on a licence basis with the term of the licence to start in 2009.[1] The RFL
RFL
stated that clubs applying to compete in Super League
Super League
would be assessed by criteria in four areas (stadium facilities, finance and business performance, commercial and marketing and playing strength, including junior production and development) with the final evaluations and decisions being taken by the RFL
RFL
board of directors.[2] Successful applicants were licensed for three years of Super League competition and[3] three-yearly reviews of Super League
Super League
membership took place to ensure ambitious clubs lower down the leagues can still be successful.[2] Points attained by each club's application are translated into licence grades A, B or C. Clubs who achieved an A or B Licence would be automatically awarded a place in Super League, while those who achieved a C Licence underwent further scrutiny before the RFL
RFL
decided who made the final cut.[4] First licensing period Main article: 2009–11 Super League
Super League
licences In June 2008, the RFL
RFL
confirmed that Super League
Super League
would be expanded from 12 teams to 14 in 2009,[5][6] and on 22 July 2008 the RFL confirmed the teams awarded licences.[7] The teams announced were the 12 existing Super League
Super League
teams along with National League 1 teams, Celtic Crusaders and Salford. Celtic Crusaders becoming the first Welsh team to play in Super League
Super League
and the only team to be awarded a licence who had never played in the Super League
Super League
previously. Featherstone Rovers, Halifax, Leigh and Widnes
Widnes
all failed to attain a licence. Leigh and Widnes, especially, were disappointed with their exclusions with Leigh's chairman being extremely critical of the RFL.[8] Second licensing period Main article: 2012–14 Super League
Super League
licences For the 2012–14 seasons Championship sides Batley, Barrow, Featherstone Rovers, Halifax and Widnes
Widnes
all met the on-field criteria needed to submit an application,[9] but despite this only Barrow, Halifax and Widnes
Widnes
decided to submit an application.[10] On 31 March 2011 Widnes
Widnes
were awarded a Super League
Super League
licence; Barrow, did not meet the criteria and were refused a licence; and Halifax's application was to be further considered alongside the other Super League
Super League
clubs.[11] The Rugby Football League's final decision was announced on 26 July 2011, Widnes
Widnes
would be joining thirteen existing Super League
Super League
teams with Crusaders RL having withdrawn their application and Halifax not meeting the criteria.[12] Crusaders CEO Rod Findlay stated that the club's finances were not in a good enough condition to justify their place in Super League.[13] Halifax chairman Mark Steele was critical of the decision to award Wakefield a licence over themselves, saying "If you compare Belle Vue with the Shay, it's no contest; if you compare playing records, it's no contest; and if you compare the financial position, we have kept our head above water and they haven't."[13] Wakefield had been favourites to lose their licence before Crusaders' withdrawal.[13] 2015–Present: Super 8s[edit] Main article: Rugby League Super 8s At the 2013 Annual General Meeting at Bradford, the Super League
Super League
clubs agreed to reduce the number of clubs to 12 from 2015, and also for a return of Promotion and Relegation with a 12 club Championship.[14] The 12 First Utility
First Utility
Super League
Super League
and 12 Kingstone Press Championship clubs will play each other home and away over 22 "rounds", including a Magic Weekend
Magic Weekend
for both divisions. Following the conclusion of their regular league seasons, the 24 clubs will then compete in a play-off series where they split into 3 leagues of 8 based upon league position:[15][16]

The top 8 Super League
Super League
clubs will continue to compete in the Super 8s. After playing each other once (either home or away), the top 4 clubs will progress to the semi-finals to determine who will compete in the Grand Final
Grand Final
and be crowned champions. The remaining (bottom 4) Super League
Super League
clubs and the top 4 Championship clubs will compete in The Qualifiers. They will play each other once (either home or away) to determine which four of the clubs will compete in Super League
Super League
the following year.

Funding for clubs will be tiered in both leagues to prevent relegation related financial difficulties. In June 2015 8 of the 12 Super League
Super League
clubs voted to allow a Marquee Player that can exceed a clubs salary cap as long as they can afford their wages. The marquee player rule comes into force for the 2016 Super League
Super League
season. Structure[edit] World Club Series[edit] Main article: World Club Series The World Club Series consists of three games, the first two being a series between 2 NRL
NRL
teams and the Super League
Super League
League Leaders and Challenge Cup
Challenge Cup
winners. The third game is the World Club Challenge between the NRL
NRL
and Super League
Super League
Champions. Super League
Super League
regular season[edit] 12 teams compete in Super League. They play each other twice on a home-and-away basis, interrupted by the Magic Weekend
Magic Weekend
round in May. The team finishing bottom after 23 rounds collects the Super League Wooden Spoon. After the 23 rounds, the top eight teams carry their points forward and play each other once (home or away) in the Super Eights. A play-off series is used to determine the two teams who will meet in the Super League Grand Final
Super League Grand Final
to compete for the championship. Magic Weekend[edit] Main article: Magic Weekend In an attempt to expand out of the traditional rugby league "heartlands", and market the game to a wider audience, the RFL
RFL
has staged games in large stadia, in places without a strong rugby league presence. The "Magic Weekend" concept, which involves staging an entire round of Super League
Super League
in such a stadium, was first staged in Cardiff
Cardiff
in 2007. Dubbed "Millennium Magic", and played in the Millennium Stadium, the concept was held in Cardiff
Cardiff
again in 2008. In 2009 and 2010, the event was held in Edinburgh
Edinburgh
at the Scottish national rugby union stadium, giving rise to the name changing to "Murrayfield Magic". Generally held during the May Day weekend, 2011 saw the Magic Weekend
Magic Weekend
return to Cardiff, and was held during the weekend 12–13 February, and serving as the season opener. It has since returned to its traditional mid-season slot and has been held since 2014 at St James' Park
St James' Park
in Newcastle. Super 8s[edit] Main article: Rugby League Super 8s After 23 games the league table is frozen and the teams are split into "Super 8's". Teams finishing in the top 8 compete for a place in the play-offs, and all retain a place in Super League
Super League
for the next season. Teams finishing in the bottom four (9-12) compete alongside the top 4 teams from the Championship, in "The Qualifiers" Super 8 group. These teams will reset their season standings and also play 7 extra games, as they attempt to earn a place in the following year's Super League competition.

Top 8

The top 8 sees the top eight teams in Super League
Super League
play each other once more home or away with the points they earn in the regular season being carried forward. The further up the table a team finishes, the more home games they will play. Once the teams have played each other once home or away the top team is awarded the League Leaders' Shield and the top four teams enter the play offs to play in the Grand Final.

Position Qualification

1 League Leaders/ Play-off Place

2 Play-off Place

3 Play-off Place

4 Play-off Place

5 Do not qualify for play-offs

6 Do not qualify for play-offs

7 Do not qualify for play-offs

8 Do not qualify for play-offs

Qualifiers

Main article: The Qualifiers The Qualifiers Super 8s sees the bottom 4 teams from the original Super League
Super League
table mixed with the top 4 teams from the Championship. The points totals are reset to 0 and each team plays 7 games each, playing every other team once. After 7 games each the teams finishing 1st, 2nd and 3rd will gain qualification to the next year's Super League competition. Teams finishing 4th and 5th will play in a Promotion Play-off, dubbed the "Million Pound Game", at the home of the 4th placed team. This game will see the winner earn a place in the next Super League
Super League
season, whilst the loser, along with teams finishing 6th, 7th and 8th will be relegated to the next year's Championship competition.

Position Qualification

1 Super League
Super League
Place

2 Super League
Super League
Place

3 Super League
Super League
Place

4 Million Pound Game

5 Million Pound Game

6 Championship Place

7 Championship Place

8 Championship Place

Play-offs[edit] Main article: Super League
Super League
play-offs The play-offs have had various formats. Since 2015 the play-offs have been contested by the four sides finishing highest in the league after the Super Eights. The current Super League
Super League
Play-off structure:[17][18]

Semifinals

Finals

     

     

1 1st

4 4th

Winner of Semi Final 1

Winner of Semi Final 2

2 2nd

3 3rd

Grand Final[edit]

Leeds Rhinos
Leeds Rhinos
celebrating following their 2008 Grand Final
Grand Final
victory

The Grand Final
Grand Final
is the championship-deciding game and showpiece event of the Super League
Super League
season. It is held annually at Old Trafford.

City Stadium Years

Manchester Old Trafford 1998–present

Largest attendance

Year City Stadium Attendance

2015 Manchester Old Trafford 73,512

Other competitions[edit] Challenge Cup[edit] Main article: Challenge Cup The Challenge Cup
Challenge Cup
is a separate cup competition, involving clubs from Super League
Super League
and all levels of rugby league in Britain. It has been held annually since 1896 and has been expanded so teams in Russia, France, Scotland
Scotland
and Wales
Wales
can take part. The cup runs throughout the season, and the final is usually played on the August bank holiday at Wembley Stadium. Clubs[edit] See also: List of current and former Super League
Super League
venues Further information: English rugby league venues Current clubs[edit]

Super League
Super League
clubs

Colours Club Established City Stadium Capacity* Titles (Last)**

Castleford
Castleford
Tigersa 1925 Castleford, West Yorkshire Wheldon Road 12,000 0 (N/A)

Catalans Dragons 2000 Perpignan, Pyrénées-Orientales Gilbert Brutus Stadium 13,000 0 (N/A)

Huddersfield
Huddersfield
Giantsc 1864 Huddersfield, West Yorkshire Kirklees Stadium 24,500 7 (1962)

Hullc 1865 Hull, East Yorkshire KCOM Stadium 25,404 6 (1983)

Hull Kingston Rovers 1882 Hull, East Yorkshire Craven Park 12,000 5 (1985)

Leeds
Leeds
Rhinosabc 1864 Leeds, West Yorkshire Headingley Stadium 20,500 11 (2017)

Salford Red Devils 1873 Salford, Greater Manchester Salford City Stadium 12,000 6 (1976)

St. Helensabc 1873 St. Helens, Merseyside Totally Wicked Stadium 18,000 13 (2014)

Wakefield Trinityc 1873 Wakefield, West Yorkshire Belle Vue 12,600 2 (1968)

Warrington
Warrington
Wolvesab 1876 Warrington, Cheshire Halliwell Jones Stadium 15,500 3 (1955)

Widnes
Widnes
Vikingsc 1875 Widnes, Cheshire Halton Stadium 13,500 3 (1989)

Wigan
Wigan
Warriorsabc 1872 Wigan, Greater Manchester DW Stadium 24,057 21 (2016)

a: Founding member of the Super League b: Appeared in every Super League
Super League
season since 1996 c: One of the original 22 RFL
RFL
teams

**includes Rugby Football League
Rugby Football League
Championship titles won prior to the inaugural Super League
Super League
season in 1996, which are officially considered to be part of the Super League
Super League
lineage

Current Champions

Former Super League
Super League
clubs[edit] See also: British rugby league expansion

Previous Super League
Super League
clubs

Colours Club Seasons in Super League First season in Super League Last season in Super League Last top division title**

Bradford
Bradford
Bulls 19 1996 2014 2005

London Broncos 19 1996 2014 N/A

Halifax 8 1996 2003 1985-86

Sheffield Eagles 4 1996 1999 N/A

Crusaders § 3 2009 2011 N/A

Leigh Centurions 2 2005 2017 1981-82

Oldham 2 1996 1997 1956-57

Paris Saint-Germain § 2 1996 1997 N/A

Gateshead Thunder § 1 1999 1999 N/A

Workington Town 1 1996 1996 1950-51

§ Denotes club now defunct **includes Rugby Football League
Rugby Football League
Championship titles won prior to the inaugural Super League
Super League
season in 1996, which are officially considered to be part of the Super League
Super League
lineage

All Time Super League
Super League
table[edit]

Correct up to end of 2017 season Does not include games in The Qualifiers

Pos. Club Seasons Playoffs P W D L PF PA PD Pts Relegated

1 St. Helens* 22 20 599 416 15 168 18,214 11,940 6,274 845

2 Wigan* 22 17 599 398 24 177 17,348 10,948 6,400 814

3 Leeds 22 19 592 383 15 194 17,025 12,579 4,446 781

4 Warrington 22 10 592 311 12 269 15,483 14,178 1,305 634

5 Bradford 19 11 509 308 17 184 14620 11253 3367 617 1

6 Hull* 20 12 555 276 21 258 12,991 12,531 460 571

7 Castleford 21 6 544 237 19 281 12,577 14,054 −1,477 493 2

8 Huddersfield 19 8 520 224 13 283 12,049 12,669 620 461 1

9 London 19 2 509 185 20 304 10793 14229 −3436 390 1

10 Wakefield* 19 3 524 189 6 329 10,842 14,059 −3,217 346

11 Salford* 19 1 508 166 8 334 9,371 13,890 −4,519 332 1

12 Catalans 12 6 327 148 10 169 7,671 8,294 −623 306

13 Hull KR 10 4 262 114 9 138 5,579 6,040 −461 237 1

14 Widnes 10 1 269 94 8 166 5068 7,224 −2,156 196 1

15 Halifax* 8 1 209 76 4 129 4646 5908 −1262 154 1

16 Sheffield 4 0 97 37 3 57 2027 2663 −636 77 1

17 Gateshead § 1 0 30 19 1 10 775 576 199 39

18 Crusaders* § 3 1 81 21 0 60 1431 2463 −1032 38

19 Oldham 2 0 44 13 2 29 934 1312 −378 28 1

20 Paris § 2 0 44 9 1 34 760 1367 −607 19

21 Leigh 2 0 45 8 1 42 954 1144 −190 17 2

22 Workington 1 0 22 2 1 19 325 1021 −696 5 1

Current club

Current Championship club

Current League 1 club

§ Clubs that no longer exist

Points deductions

2001 - Wakefield Trinity
Wakefield Trinity
- Salary Cap Breach - 2 points 2003 - Halifax - Salary Cap Breach - 2 points 2003 - Hull - Salary Cap Breach - 2 points 2003 - St. Helens - Salary Cap Breach - 2 points 2006 - Bradford
Bradford
- Salary Cap Breach - 2 points 2006 - Wigan
Wigan
- Salary Cap Breach - 2 points 2007 - Bradford
Bradford
- Salary Cap Breach - 2 points 2007 - Wigan
Wigan
- Salary Cap Breach - 4 points 2011 - Wakefield Trinity
Wakefield Trinity
- Administration - 4 points 2011 - Crusaders - Administration - 4 points 2012 - Bradford
Bradford
- Administration - 6 points 2013 - Salford - Fielding Extra Man - 2 points 2014 - Bradford
Bradford
- Administration - 6 points 2016 - Salford - Salary Cap Breach - 6 points

Academies[edit] Reserve league[edit] Main article: RFL
RFL
Reserve Championship In 2014 and 2015 Super League
Super League
clubs were unhappy with the Dual registration system and wanted to form a under-23 reserve leagues between the under-19s and first teams. Wigan, Warrington
Warrington
and St Helens were the first teams to propose the return of the reserve league where players could move from the under 19s and play with professional players before playing in the first team. A reserve league was set up in 2016 with a mixture of Super League, Championship and League 1 teams. Dual registration[edit] Main article: Rugby League Dual registration Dual registration refers to an arrangement between clubs whereby a player continues to be registered to his current Super League
Super League
club and is also registered to play for a club in the Championship. The system is aimed at young Super League
Super League
players who are thought to be not quite ready to make the step up to 'week in, week out' Super League
Super League
first team duties but for whom first team match experience is likely to be beneficial for their development.[19]

Only Super League
Super League
players can be dual registered and the receiving club must be a club in the Championships, meaning that Super League
Super League
to Super League
Super League
club dual registrations are not available. A dual registered player will be eligible to play and train with both clubs in a format agreed between the clubs, subject to registration, salary cap and competition eligibility rules. The player is restricted to playing in one fixture per scheduled round of fixtures in any given week and would not be eligible to play for his Super League
Super League
club on a Thursday and in a Championship fixture at the weekend, for example. A receiving club will be limited to a total of five dual registered players per matchday squad.

Under 19s[edit] Main article: Super League
Super League
Under 19s In 2017 the following teams will run in each of the Senior Academy divisions:[20] Super League
Super League
Academy – U19s:

Bradford
Bradford
Bulls Castleford
Castleford
Tigers Catalans Dragons Huddersfield
Huddersfield
Giants City of Hull Academy Leeds
Leeds
Rhinos London Broncos Newcastle Thunder St. Helens Wakefield Trinity Warrington
Warrington
Wolves Widnes
Widnes
Vikings Wigan
Wigan
Warriors

Champions[edit]

Main article: List of Super League
Super League
seasons

See Rugby Football League
Rugby Football League
Championship for the all-time list of champions since 1895.

The league format changed in 1998 and the championship became a play-off series to determine the Super League
Super League
champions. This meant a reintroduction of a final to determine the European champions, the first since the 1972–73 season.

Season Champions Score Runners-up League Leaders

I

St. Helens

N/A

Wigan
Wigan
Warriors

N/A

II

Bradford
Bradford
Bulls

N/A

London Broncos

N/A

III

Wigan
Wigan
Warriors 10–4 Leeds
Leeds
Rhinos Wigan
Wigan
Warriors

IV

St. Helens 8–6 Bradford
Bradford
Bulls Bradford
Bradford
Bulls

V

St. Helens 29–16 Wigan
Wigan
Warriors Wigan
Wigan
Warriors

VI

Bradford
Bradford
Bulls 37–6 Wigan
Wigan
Warriors Bradford
Bradford
Bulls

VII

St. Helens 19–18 Bradford
Bradford
Bulls St. Helens

VIII

Bradford
Bradford
Bulls 25–12 Wigan
Wigan
Warriors Bradford
Bradford
Bulls

IX

Leeds
Leeds
Rhinos 16–8 Bradford
Bradford
Bulls Leeds
Leeds
Rhinos

X

Bradford
Bradford
Bulls 15–6 Leeds
Leeds
Rhinos St. Helens

XI

St. Helens 26–4 Hull St. Helens

XII

Leeds
Leeds
Rhinos 33–6 St. Helens St. Helens

XIII

Leeds
Leeds
Rhinos 24–16 St. Helens St. Helens

XIV

Leeds
Leeds
Rhinos 18–10 St. Helens Leeds
Leeds
Rhinos

XV

Wigan
Wigan
Warriors 22–10 St. Helens Wigan
Wigan
Warriors

XVI

Leeds
Leeds
Rhinos 32–16 St. Helens Warrington
Warrington
Wolves

XVII

Leeds
Leeds
Rhinos 26–18 Warrington
Warrington
Wolves Wigan
Wigan
Warriors

XVIII

Wigan
Wigan
Warriors 30–16 Warrington
Warrington
Wolves Huddersfield
Huddersfield
Giants

XIX

St. Helens 14–6 Wigan
Wigan
Warriors St. Helens

XX

Leeds
Leeds
Rhinos 22–20 Wigan
Wigan
Warriors Leeds
Leeds
Rhinos

XXI

Wigan
Wigan
Warriors 12-6 Warrington
Warrington
Wolves Warrington
Warrington
Wolves

XXII

Leeds
Leeds
Rhinos 24-6 Castleford
Castleford
Tigers Castleford
Castleford
Tigers

XXIII

TBD - TBD TBD

Results[edit]

Club Wins Runners up Winning Years

1 Leeds
Leeds
Rhinos 8 2 2004, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2011, 2012, 2015, 2017

2 St. Helens 6 5 1996, 1999, 2000, 2002, 2006, 2014

3 Wigan
Wigan
Warriors 4 6 1998, 2010, 2013, 2016

4 Bradford
Bradford
Bulls 4 3 1997, 2001, 2003, 2005

5 Warrington
Warrington
Wolves 0 3 N/A

6 Castleford
Castleford
Tigers 0 1 N/A

Hull 0 1 N/A

London Broncos 0 1 N/A

The Double[edit] Main article: The Double (rugby league) In rugby league, the term 'the Double' is referring to the achievement of a club that wins the top division and Challenge Cup
Challenge Cup
in the same season. To date, this has been achieved by a total ten different clubs but by only four different clubs during the Super League
Super League
era.

Club Wins Winning years

1 Wigan
Wigan
Warriors 7 1989–90, 1990–91, 1991–92, 1992–93, 1993–94, 1994–95, 2013

2 St. Helens 3 1965–66, 1996, 2006

3 Huddersfield
Huddersfield
Giants 2 1912–13, 1914–15

4 Broughton Rangers 1 1901–02

5 Halifax 1 1902–03

6 Hunslet F.C. § 1 1907–08

7 Swinton Lions 1 1927–28

8 Warrington
Warrington
Wolves 1 1953–54

9 Bradford
Bradford
Bulls 1 2003

10 Leeds
Leeds
Rhinos 1 2015

The Treble[edit] Main article: The Treble (rugby league) The Treble refers to the team who wins all three domestic honours on offer during the season; Grand Final, League Leaders' Shield and Challenge Cup. To date seven teams have won the treble, only Bradford Bulls, St. Helens and Leeds Rhinos
Leeds Rhinos
have won the treble in the Super League era.

Club Wins Winning years

1

Wigan
Wigan
Warriors

3 1991–92, 1992–93, 1994–95

2

Huddersfield
Huddersfield
Giants

2 1912–13, 1914–15

3

St. Helens

2 1965–66, 2006

4

Hunslet F.C. §

1 1907–08

5

Swinton Lions

1 1927–28

6

Bradford
Bradford
Bulls

1 2003

7

Leeds
Leeds
Rhinos

1 2015

All Four Cups[edit] Main article: All Four Cups Winning all Four Cups refers to winning the Super League, League Leaders' Shield, Challenge Cup
Challenge Cup
and World Club Challenge
World Club Challenge
in one season. Not all of these cups were available in the past but have replaced other cups that could be won.

Club Wins Winning years

1

Hunslet F.C. §

1 1907–08

2

Huddersfield
Huddersfield
Giants

1 1914–15

3

Swinton Lions

1 1927–28

4

Wigan
Wigan
Warriors

1 1994–95

5

Bradford
Bradford
Bulls

1 2003–04

6

St. Helens

1 2006–07

Teams relegated[edit]

Year Club

1996 Workington Town

1997 Oldham Bears

1998–2000 no relegation

2001 Huddersfield
Huddersfield
Giants

2002 Salford City Reds

2003 Halifax

2004 Castleford
Castleford
Tigers

2005 Widnes
Widnes
Vikings Leigh Centurions

2006 Castleford
Castleford
Tigers

2007 Salford City Reds

2008–2013 no relegation

2014 London Broncos Bradford
Bradford
Bulls

2015 None

2016 Hull Kingston Rovers

2017 Leigh Centurions

Awards[edit] League Leaders' Shield[edit] Main article: League Leaders' Shield The League Leaders' Shield is awarded to the team finishing the regular season top of Super League; this is also known as a minor premiership. The League Leader's Shield was introduced only in 2003, previously no prize was awarded to the team finishing top following the introduction of the Grand Final.

Club Wins Winning years

1 St. Helens 7 1996, 2002, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2014

2 Wigan
Wigan
Warriors 4 1998, 2000, 2010, 2012

3 Bradford
Bradford
Bulls 4 1997, 1999, 2001, 2003

4 Leeds
Leeds
Rhinos 3 2004, 2009, 2015

5 Warrington
Warrington
Wolves 2 2011, 2016

6 Huddersfield
Huddersfield
Giants 1 2013

7 Castleford
Castleford
Tigers 1 2017

Super League
Super League
Trophy[edit]

Super League
Super League
Trophy

The winner of the Grand Final
Grand Final
is given the Super League
Super League
Trophy as Super League
Super League
Champions. This is considered more prestigious than the minor premiership. Each year, the year of a champion team's triumph, team name and team captain are engraved. The record for most Super League
Super League
titles won is held by Leeds
Leeds
with eight titles. Leeds
Leeds
captain Kevin Sinfield
Kevin Sinfield
currently holds the record for captaining the most Super League
Super League
title winning sides after captaining Leeds
Leeds
to their first 7 grand final successes. St. Helens contested the final 6 years in a row (from 2006 until 2011) during which time they succeeded only once in lifting the trophy against Hull in 2006; after which they suffered consecutive defeats against Leeds in 2007, 2008, 2009, Wigan
Wigan
in 2010 and Leeds
Leeds
once again in 2011. However, St. Helens made a victorious return in 2014, defeating rivals, Wigan
Wigan
14–6. Following their 2014 and 2015 defeats to St. Helens and Leeds respectively, Wigan
Wigan
have now equalled St Helens's record of losing five Grand Finals. Steve Prescott
Steve Prescott
Man of Steel award[edit] Main article: Man of Steel Award The Man of Steel Award is an annual award for the best player of the season in Super League. It has continued from pre- Super League
Super League
times, with the first such award given in 1977. It was renamed in honour of Steve Prescott
Steve Prescott
in 2014. Albert Goldthorpe Medal[edit] Main article: Albert Goldthorpe Medal The Albert Goldthorpe Medal
Albert Goldthorpe Medal
is an award voted for be members of the press who cast a vote after every game of the regular season. The three players who, in the opinion of the reporter, have been the three 'best and fairest' players in the game will receive three points, two points and one point respectively. To be eligible for a vote, a player must not have been suspended from the competition at any stage during the season. Super League
Super League
Dream Team[edit] Main article: Super League
Super League
Dream Team Each season a "Dream Team" is also named. The best thirteen players in their respective positions are voted for by members of the sports press. The 2017 dream team is as follows:

Player Team Appearance

1 Zak Hardaker Castleford
Castleford
Tigers 3

2 Greg Eden Castleford
Castleford
Tigers 1

3 Michael Shenton Castleford
Castleford
Tigers 3

4 Mark Percival St Helens 1

5 Mahe Fonua Hull 2

6 Albert Kelly Hull 1

7 Luke Gale Castleford
Castleford
Tigers 3

8 Grant Millington Castleford
Castleford
Tigers 1

9 Matt Parcell Leeds
Leeds
Rhinos 1

10 Sebastine Ikahihifo Huddersfield
Huddersfield
Giants 1

11 Ben Murdoch-Masila Salford Red Devils 1

12 Mike McMeeken Castleford
Castleford
Tigers 1

13 Sean O'Loughlin Wigan
Wigan
Warriors 6

Coaches[edit]

Nat. Name Club Appointed Time as head coach

England
England
! Daryl PowellDaryl Powell Castleford
Castleford
Tigers 000000002013-05-07-00007 May 2013 7003179200000000000♠4 years, 331 days

England
England
! McNamara, SteveSteve McNamara Catalans Dragons 000000002017-06-19-000019 June 2017 7002288000000000000♠288 days

Stone, RickRick Stone Huddersfield
Huddersfield
Giants 000000002016-07-11-000011 July 2016 7002631000000000000♠1 year, 266 days

England
England
! Radford, LeeLee Radford Hull 000000002013-09-25-000025 September 2013 7003165100000000000♠4 years, 190 days

Australia
Australia
! Sheens, TimTim Sheens Hull Kingston Rovers 000000002016-09-01-00001 September 2016 7002579000000000000♠1 year, 214 days

England
England
! McDermott, BrianBrian McDermott Leeds
Leeds
Rhinos 000000002010-10-25-000025 October 2010 7003271700000000000♠7 years, 160 days

England
England
! Ian Watson Salford Red Devils 000000002015-09-03-00003 September 2015 7002943000000000000♠2 years, 212 days

Australia
Australia
! Holbrook, JustinJustin Holbrook St. Helens 000000002017-05-04-00004 May 2017 7002334000000000000♠334 days

England
England
! Chester, ChrisChris Chester Wakefield Trinity 000000002016-03-16-000016 March 2016 7002748000000000000♠2 years, 18 days

Australia
Australia
! Price, SteveSteve Price Warrington
Warrington
Wolves 000000002017-10-06-00006 October 2017 7002179000000000000♠179 days

England
England
! Betts, DenisDenis Betts Widnes
Widnes
Vikings 000000002010-11-11-000011 November 2010 7003270000000000000♠7 years, 143 days

England
England
! Wane, ShaunShaun Wane Wigan
Wigan
Warriors 000000002011-10-09-00009 October 2011 7003236800000000000♠6 years, 176 days

Head coaches with Super League
Super League
titles[edit] The Super League
Super League
has been won by 13 different coaches, 8 from Australia, 4 from England
England
and 1 from New Zealand.

Head Coach Wins Winning years

1 Brian McDermott 4 2011, 2012, 2015, 2017

2 Brian Noble 3 2001, 2003, 2005

3 Shaun Wane 2 2013, 2016

4 Ian Millward 2 2000, 2002

5 Tony Smith 2 2004, 2007

6 Brian McClennan 2 2008, 2009

7 Shaun McRae 1 1996

8 Matthew Elliott 1 1997

9 John Monie 1 1998

10 Ellery Hanley 1 1999

11 Daniel Anderson 1 2006

12 Michael McGuire 1 2010

13 Nathan Brown 1 2014

Players[edit] Main article: List of Super League
Super League
records

Statistics are correct as of the start of the 2016 season.

Appearances[edit]

Kevin Sinfield
Kevin Sinfield
made 521 appearances for Leeds Rhinos
Leeds Rhinos
between 1997 and 2015

Note that appearances from the bench are also included in this list.

Rank Player Years Appearances

1 Kevin Sinfield 1997–2015 521

2 Paul Wellens 1998–2015 496

3 Jamie Peacock 1998–2015 475

4 Lee Gilmour 1997–2014 460

5 Keith Senior 1994– 2011 419

6 Andy Lynch 1999–2017 467

7 Lee Briers 1997–2013 402

8 Paul Deacon 1997–2011 384

9 Danny McGuire 2001–present 402

10 Sean O'Loughlin 2002–present 353

11 Gareth Carvell 1997–2014 328

12 Adrian Morley 1995–2015 316

13 Robbie Hunter-Paul 1996–2009 308

14 Ade Gardner 2002–2014 304

15 Gareth Carvell 1997–2015 293

16 Harrison Hansen 2004–2015 286

17= Danny Brough 2005–present 391

Ali Lauitiiti 2004–2015 275

Tries[edit]

Rank Player Years Tries

1 Danny McGuire 2001–present 259

2 Paul Wellens 1998–2015 231

3 Keith Senior 1996–2011 210

4 Ryan Hall 2007–present 186

5 Ade Gardner 2002–2014 174

Points[edit]

Rank Player Years Points

1 Kevin Sinfield 1997–2015 3,204

2 Andrew Farrell 1996–2004 2,517

3 Paul Deacon 1997–2011 2,415

4 Sean Long 1996–2011 2,248

5 Pat Richards 2006–2013, 2016 2,187

Winning captains[edit] 10 players have captained teams to win the Super League.

Captain Wins Winning years

1 Kevin Sinfield 7 2004, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2011, 2012, 2015

2 Chris Joynt 3 1999, 2000, 2002

3 Sean O'Loughlin 3 2010, 2013, 2016

4 Robbie Paul 3 1997, 2001, 2003

5 Bobbie Goulding 1 1996

6 Andy Farrell 1 1998

7 Jamie Peacock 1 2005

8 Sean Long 1 2006

9 Paul Wellens 1 2014

10 Danny McGuire 1 2017

Logo[edit]

Super League
Super League
logo until 2016

The Super League
Super League
has had two official logos. The first was used for the inaugural season in 1996 and until 2016. The logo had the Super League S with Super above it and League below it. The title sponsors name would appear above the logo until 2014 when title sponsors First Utility used their own personalised logos that appeared on player shirts and in the media. The reigning champions had a ribbon around the logo with champions on it until 2011.

2017 rebrand

The second official logo was introduced in 2017 as part of a radical rebrand across British rugby league. The design was similar to the RFL and England
England
logos. It had a rectangular backdrop representing the George Hotel, where rugby league was founded, thirteen lines representing thirteen players, a chevron which are well known for appearing on rugby league shirts and the S which represents the ball and the Super League. The current champions have a gold logo. Sponsorship[edit]

Sponsorship logo used in media and on players shirts

Main article: English rugby league sponsorship Super League
Super League
has been sponsored since its formation, apart from the 2013 season. The title sponsor has been able to determine the league's sponsorship name. There have been seven different title sponsors since the league's formation:

Period Sponsor Name

1996–1997 Stones Bitter Stones Super League

1998–1999 JJB Sports JJB Super League

2000–2004 Tetley's Bitter Tetley's Super League

2005–2011 Engage Mutual Assurance Engage Super League

2012 Stobart Group Stobart Super League

2013 no sponsor Super League

2014–2016 First Utility First Utility
First Utility
Super League

2017-2019 Betfred Betfred
Betfred
Super League

As well as title sponsorship, Super League
Super League
has a number of official partners and suppliers.[21] For the 2017 season these include Kingstone Press Cider, Dacia, Foxy Bingo, Batchelors and Specsavers. The official ball supplier is Rhino Rugby.[22] Competition rules[edit] Overseas quota and Federation-trained players[edit] An overseas quota restricting the maximum number of foreign players at each club has existed since the inception of the Super League
Super League
in 1996.[23] However, overseas players that hold a European Union passport or come under the Kolpak ruling
Kolpak ruling
do not count towards the quota. This resulted in the number of non-British players at some clubs greatly exceeding the quota. In response to concerns over the growing number of foreign players in the league, in 2007, the RFL
RFL
announced plans to introduce a "homegrown player" rule to encourage clubs to develop their own players.[24] As of 2017, Super League
Super League
clubs are permitted to register no more than five overseas players. Additionally, squads are also limited to a maximum of seven non-Federation trained players.[25] Salary cap[edit] A salary cap was first introduced to the Super League
Super League
in 1998, with clubs being allowed to spend up to 50 percent of their income on player wages. From the 2002 season onwards, the cap became a fixed ceiling of £1.8 million in order to increase parity within the league.[26] The Super League
Super League
operates under a real-time salary cap system that will calculate a club's salary cap position at the start of and throughout the season:[27]

The combined earnings of the top 25 players must not exceed £1.825 million. Clubs will only be allowed to sign a new player if they have room under the cap. Clubs are allowed to spend a maximum of £50,000 on players outside the top 25 earners who have made at least one first grade appearance for the club during the year. Costs for players outside of the top 25 earners who do not make a first team appearance will be unregulated. Any player who has played for the same club for at least 10 consecutive seasons will have half their salary excluded from the salary cap for his 11th and subsequent seasons. This is subject to a maximum of £50,000 for any one club. Clubs are allowed one "Marquee Player" who can exceed a club's salary cap as long as they can afford the players wages.

In 2017, Super League
Super League
clubs approved proposals to increase the salary cap over the next three seasons, eventually rising to £2.1 million by 2020. Clubs will also be allowed to sign a second marquee player.[28] Squad announcement system[edit] Before each Super League
Super League
and Tetley's Challenge Cup
Challenge Cup
fixture, each club must announce the squad of 19 players it will choose from by 2.00pm on the second day before the match day.[27] Match officials[edit] Main article: RFL
RFL
Match officials All Super League
Super League
matches are governed by the laws set out by the RFL; these laws are enforced by match officials. Former Super League
Super League
and International Referee Steve Ganson
Steve Ganson
is the current Head of Match Officials and Technical Director. Former Hull player and Huddersfield Head Coach Jon Sharp
Jon Sharp
was the previous Head of Match Officials. Sharp was sacked in July 2015 and took up the role of Head Coach at Featherstone Rovers. He assumed his role at the RFL
RFL
following Stuart Cummings' departure in March 2013 having previously held the role of Match Officials Coach & Technical Director. Criticism[edit] Big Four dominance[edit] (1996-2009)

Results of the 'Big Four'

Season Bradford
Bradford
Bulls Leeds
Leeds
Rhinos St. Helens Wigan
Wigan
Warriors

1996 3 10 Champions Runners up

1997 Champions 5 3 4

1998 5 Runners up 4 Champions

1999 Runners up 3 Champions 4

2000 3 4 Champions Runners up

2001 Champions 5 4 Runners up

2002 Runners up 4 Champions 3

2003 Champions 2 4 Runners up

2004 Runners up Champions 5 4

2005 Champions Runners up 1 7

2006 4 3 Champions 8

2007 3 Champions Runners up 6

2008 5 Champions Runners up 4

2009 9 Champions Runners up 6

Titles 4 4 5 1

(born 2010)

Results of the 'Big Four'

Season Leeds
Leeds
Rhinos St. Helens Wigan
Wigan
Warriors Warrington
Warrington
Wolves

2010 4 Runners up Champions 3

2011 Champions Runners up 2 1

2012 Champions 3 1 Runners up

2013 3 5 Champions Runners up

2014 6 Champions Runners up 5

2015 Champions 4 Runners up 6

2016 9 4 Champions Runners up

2017 Champions 4 6 9

Titles 4 1 3 0

Since its formation in 1996 only four teams have won the Super League ( Leeds
Leeds
Rhinos, Bradford
Bradford
Bulls, Wigan Warriors
Wigan Warriors
and St. Helens) and a total of seven have taken part in the Grand Final
Grand Final
(Hull Castleford
Castleford
and Warrington Wolves
Warrington Wolves
being the other three). Seven different teams have also been the league leaders, however only one of these (Huddersfield Giants in 2013) is a different team to those that have appeared in the grand final, meaning that only eight different teams have been involved in the grand final or topped the regular season table, however a total of 23 teams have taken part in Super League
Super League
since its inception. In comparison, in the same 22-year period, 12 different teams have won the Australasian National Rugby League
National Rugby League
competition and 15 different teams have appeared in the Grand Final. Licensing[edit] Between 2009 and 2014 teams had to apply for a license to play in Super League, this also meant there was no automatic promotion between Super League
Super League
and the Championship. This was unpopular with Championship clubs because there was no fair and easy way for them to get promoted into Super League
Super League
and it was seen as a closed shop. Attendances in the lower divisions dropped as a result of this system because it was felt that there was little appeal in these leagues when there was no incentive for the clubs to win the Championship. Also the only time that lower division clubs got the chance to play Super League opposition was in the early rounds of the challenge cup. With no route to the Super League
Super League
however, teams were unable to compete with top division opposition because there was no way that clubs could attract top talent when players would not be playing in top-level rugby league. M62 Corridor[edit] See also: Rugby league
Rugby league
in Yorkshire and Rugby league
Rugby league
in Lancashire Another Criticism of the Super League
Super League
is that most of the teams that have competed in it have been in its heartlands of the M62 Corridor between Yorkshire and Lancashire. Catalans Dragons
Catalans Dragons
are the only team currently playing in Super League
Super League
who are outside its traditional headland in the North of England
England
and are considered a success compared to teams such as London Broncos
London Broncos
and Celtic Crusaders. Expansion was a key policy of the RFL
RFL
when Super League
Super League
was created. Along with the above-mentioned teams, Paris Saint-Germain RL competed from the beginning of the competition but departed after just two seasons due to a lack of interest and investment. Another team to fail from outside the heartlands was Gateshead Thunder who competed in the first season of Super League. After that first season they found themselves with debts of £700,000 and so accepted a grant of £1,250,000 to merge with Hull. Expansion has taken place in the lower divisions and this is a continuing policy of the RFL. At present nine expansion clubs take part in the lower divisions with 1 in the Championship and 8 in the Championship 1. In 2015, it was announced that Toulouse Olympique
Toulouse Olympique
had been granted entry into League 1, the third division of European rugby league; the team has previously competed in the Championship. This brought the total number of expansion teams across the top 3 divisions to 10 (out of 39 clubs). In 2016 it was announced that a team based in Toronto, Canada
Canada
had also been granted access to League 1. Toronto Wolfpack will begin play in the 2017 season and will take the number of expansion clubs to 11 (out of 40 clubs). This also means that teams taking part in the top 3 divisions will come from 4 countries and 2 continents. Media coverage[edit] Television[edit] Sky Sports
Sky Sports
have been the primary broadcast partner of Super League since its inaugural season in 1996. The current deal lasts until 2021 and covers 80 matches per season, rising to 100 from 2015. They currently have the rights to show live Super League
Super League
games in both Ireland
Ireland
and the United Kingdom; two live matches are broadcast each week – one on Thursday nights at 7:30pm (kick off 8pm) and another at 7:30pm on Friday nights (kick off 8pm). From 2014, they also simulcast all of Catalans Dragons' home games and from 2015, will broadcast regular Kingstone Press Championship matches.

Duration Broadcaster

1996–2021 Sky Sports

Detailed Sky coverage

Super League
Super League
Thursday starts at 7:30 pm and consists of a preview of the weekends Super League
Super League
fixtures before the first game of the weekend. Super League
Super League
Friday includes one game with coverage starting at 7:30pm building up to the game. Super League
Super League
Saturday usually shows Catalans Dragons
Catalans Dragons
games kicking off at 5:00pm with coverage starting from 4:55pm. When the Super 8s begging other teams are shown with coverage starting at 2:30pm for games kicking off at 5:00pm.

Highlights[edit] In addition to Sky Sports' live coverage, BBC
BBC
Sport broadcast a weekly highlights programme called the Super League
Super League
Show, usually presented by Tanya Arnold. This is broadcast to the North West, Yorkshire & North Midlands, North East & Cumbria, and East Yorkshire & Lincolnshire regions on BBC
BBC
1 on Monday nights (after 11pm) and is repeated nationally on BBC
BBC
2 on Tuesday afternoons.[29] A national repeat was first broadcast overnight during the week since February 2008 when the then BBC
BBC
Director of Sport, Roger Mosey, commented that this move was in response to the growing popularity and awareness of the sport, and the large number of requests from people who want to watch it elsewhere in the UK. The end of season play-off series is shown nationwide in a highlights package. The Super League Show
Super League Show
is also available for streaming or download using the BBC
BBC
iPlayer in the UK.

Highlights programme Duration Broadcaster

Super League
Super League
Show 1999–Present BBC

Magazines[edit] Regular commentators are Eddie Hemmings and Mike Stephenson
Mike Stephenson
with summarisers including Phil Clarke, Brian Carney, Barrie McDermott
Barrie McDermott
and Terry O'Connor. Live Super League
Super League
broadcasts regularly rank amongst the top 10 most watched programmes in a week on Sky Sports
Sky Sports
with in excess of 250,000 viewers.[30] Sky Sports
Sky Sports
also run several supplementary magazine shows, including Super League
Super League
Full Time and Boots N' All. Premier Sports
Premier Sports
and Made in Leeds
Leeds
show a rugby league magazine program called Rugby AM hosted by Alex Simmons, Jamie Jones Buchanan
Jamie Jones Buchanan
and Keith Senior. It is aired on a Thursday night at 7 and is also repeated on Saturday. Rugby AM also has a radio show on All Star FM. International[edit] Internationally Super League
Super League
is shown live by eight different broadcasters in eight different countries and regions.

Country/ Region Broadcaster

Middle East OSN

North Africa

 France beIn Sports

 New Zealand Sky Sport

Māori Television

 United States Fox Soccer Plus

 Brazil BandSports

 Russia NTV+

Eastern Europe Sportklub

 Australia Fox League

Radio[edit] Talksport
Talksport
is an official broadcaster of Super League, broadcasting commentaries and magazine programming on Talksport
Talksport
2. BBC
BBC
Radio 5 Live Sports Extra covers more than 70 Super League
Super League
games through 5 Live Rugby League each Thursday and Friday night.[31] Each 3 hour programme is presented by Dave Woods with a guest summariser (usually a Super League player or coach) and in addition to live commentary also includes interviews and debate. A 5 Live Rugby League podcast is available to download each week from the BBC
BBC
website at http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p02nrtxd/episodes/downloads. Super League
Super League
is also covered extensively by BBC
BBC
Local Radio:

Station Area

BBC
BBC
Radio Humberside Hull

BBC
BBC
Radio Leeds West Yorkshire

BBC
BBC
Radio Manchester Salford, Wigan
Wigan
and Warrington.

BBC
BBC
Radio Merseyside St Helens, Warrington
Warrington
and Widnes.

The competition is also covered on commercial radio stations:

Radio Yorkshire cover two matches per round featuring Yorkshire clubs. BCB 106.6 ( Bradford
Bradford
Community Broadcasting) have full match commentary on Bradford
Bradford
home and away. Wish FM
Wish FM
have full match commentary on Wigan
Wigan
and St Helens matches home and away. Wire FM
Wire FM
have full match commentary of Warrington
Warrington
amatches home and away. Grand Sud FM covers every Catalans Dragons
Catalans Dragons
Home Match (in French). Radio France
France
Bleu Roussillon covers every Catalans Dragons
Catalans Dragons
Away Match (in French).

All Super League
Super League
commentaries on any station are available via the particular stations on-line streaming. Internet[edit] ESPN3, formerly ESPN360, has had worldwide broadband rights since 2007 when they broadcast the 2007 Grand Final. Since 9 April 2009, all of the matches shown on Sky Sports
Sky Sports
have also been available live online via Livestation
Livestation
everywhere in the world excluding the US, Puerto Rico, UK, Ireland, France, Monaco, Australia and New Zealand.[32] In 2016 Livestation
Livestation
shut down, however these matches are also available online for UK users only through Sky Go
Sky Go
and Now TV. In the United Kingdom, a number of commercial radio stations, along with BBC
BBC
Radio 5 Live Sports Extra and the local BBC
BBC
radio stations simulcast commentary of Super League
Super League
games on the internet. Additionally, the 5 Live Rugby League podcast is available to download each week from the BBC
BBC
website at http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p02nrtxd/episodes/downloads. See also[edit]

Rugby league
Rugby league
portal

Super League
Super League
records List of sports attendance figures Super League
Super League
Ultimate 13: Grand Final
Grand Final
Team British rugby league system

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General[edit]

Caplan, Phil; Doidge, Jonathan R. (2006). Super League
Super League
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External links[edit]

superleague.co.uk RFL
RFL
Super League
Super League
coverage Scores from Sky Sports Rugby League Fans Forum

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Castleford
Castleford
Tigers Catalans Dragons Huddersfield
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Leeds
Rhinos Salford Red Devils St Helens Wakefield Trinity Warrington
Warrington
Wolves Widnes
Widnes
Vikings Wigan
Wigan
Warriors

Former Teams

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Bradford
Bulls Crusaders Gateshead Thunder Halifax Leigh Centurions London Broncos Oldham Bears Paris Saint Germain Sheffield Eagles Workington Town

Seasons

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Season results

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Grand Finals

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Major events

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Awards

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Super League
Dream Team Fairplay Index Super League
Super League
Ultimate 13: Grand Final
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Team

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Rugby league
in Great Britain and Ireland

Nations and regions

Rugby league
Rugby league
in England Rugby league
Rugby league
in Ireland Rugby league
Rugby league
in Scotland Rugby league
Rugby league
in Wales Rugby league
Rugby league
in Lancashire Rugby league
Rugby league
in Yorkshire

Federations

Rugby Football League BARLA Rugby League Ireland Scotland
Scotland
Rugby League Wales
Wales
Rugby League

National teams

Great Britain England Ireland Scotland Wales

Women's national teams

Great Britain England Ireland Scotland Wales

Leagues

Super League Championship League 1 National Conference League Cumbria Men's League Cumberland League East Rugby League London & South East Men's League Midlands Rugby League North East Rugby League North West Men's League South West Rugby League Yorkshire Men's League Pennine League Hull & District League South Premier Scottish Conference League North Wales
Wales
Conference South Wales
Wales
Premiership Super 8 Women's Super League Women's Rugby League

Cups

Challenge Cup League 1 Cup Conference Challenge Trophy BARLA National Cup BARLA Yorkshire Cup BARLA Cumbria Cup Cumberland County Cup Women's Challenge Cup

Former competitions

RFL
RFL
Championship Premiership Rugby League Conference Lancs/Yorks County Cups Lancs/Yorks League League Cup Charity Shield BBC2 Floodlit Trophy Trans-Pennine Cup Championship Cup Conference League South BARLA Lancashire Cup

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Rugby league
Rugby league
in France

Federation

Fédération Française de Rugby à XIII

National Team

France
France
national rugby league team List of France
France
national rugby league team results France
France
women's national rugby league team

Club Competitions

Super League Championship League 1 Elite One Elite Two National Division 1 National Division 2 Lord Derby Cup Coupe Falcou Paul Dejean Cup

Super League
Super League
Teams

Paris Saint-Germain Catalans Dragons

Championship Teams

Toulouse Olympique

Elite One Championship

RC Albi SO Avignon AS Carcassonne Lézignan Sangliers Limoux Grizzlies Palau XIII Broncos Saint-Esteve XIII Catalan Saint-Gaudens Bears Toulouse Olympique
Toulouse Olympique
Broncos Villeneuve Leopards

Elite Two Championship

RC Baho XIII Carpentras XIII US Entraigues XIII US Ferrals XIII RC Lescure-Arthes XIII Lyon Villeurbanne XIII Montpellier Red Devils Villefranche XIII Aveyron Villeghailhenc-Aragon XIII

Seasons

2002 2002–2003 2003–2004 2004–2005 2005–2006 2006–2007 2007–2008 2008–2009 2009–2010 2010–2011 2011–2012 2012–2013 2013–2014 2014–2015 2015–2016 2016–2017

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Rugby League European Federation

Members

Full England France Ireland Jamaica Lebanon Russia Scotland Serbia South Africa Ukraine Wales

Associative Canada Czech Republic Germany Greece Italy Latvia Malta Norway

Observers Bosnia Belgium Catalonia Denmark Hungary Morocco Netherlands Saudi Arabia Spain Sweden Trinidad & Tobago United Arab Emirates

National teams

Austria Bosnia Belgium Catalonia Czech Republic England Estonia France Georgia Germany Greece Hungary Ireland Italy Latvia Lebanon Malta Moldova Morocco Netherlands Norway Portugal Russia Scotland Serbia Spain Sweden Ukraine Wales

Competitions

European Cup European Championship B (second tier) European Championship C (third tier) Euro Med C

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