Rugby League

RFL celebrates its 125th anniversary

The RFL is marking its 125-year anniversary with a year-long celebration involving the game’s most passionate supporters and some of its most iconic moments, immortalised in a new video to kick off the year.

The league promises more content throughout 2020 to celebrate the occasion, featuring some of the sport’s greatest moments as well as some of the most important people in Rugby League history.

Duke of Sussex to conduct Rugby League World Cup draw

Rugby League World Cup 2021 (RLWC2021) has announced that HRH The Duke of Sussex will host the tournament draws at Buckingham Palace on 16th January 2020.

The draws, which will see the 16 men’s, eight women’s and eight wheelchair nations placed into groups for their respective tournaments, will take place at the Palace and streamed live across the RLWC2021 and The Royal Family’s Twitter and Facebook accounts.

RLWC2021 announces raft of new hires

The Rugby League World Cup 2021 (RLWC2021) has made four new appointments as well as naming a permanent COO as it ramps up build-up to the tournament, taking place in England.

Terri Lynam has joined the organisation as Head of Customer, having previously worked on the delivery of a host of major sporting events including the 2012 London Olympic and Paralympic Games, 2015 Rugby World Cup , and the 2017 UEFA Champions League Final, while Stephen Brown has become the permanent COO, having already been in the role since the start of the year on an acting basis. 

Rugby League World Cup 2021 confirms equal participation fees

The Rugby League World Cup 2021 (RLWC2021) has confirmed that women and wheelchair nations will receive the same participation fees as men’s nations at the tournament, which will be held in England.

The news marks the first time that women’s and wheelchair nations will receive a participation fee of any kind at the tournament, and the organisers have committed to ensuring that this fee matches the men’s nations.

Georgia Roche’s Hero’s Journey

Car manufacturer Dacia has revealed a new social documentary in partnership with the Rugby Football League which details the journey of Castleford Tigers Women scrum half Georgia Roche.

The spot, released across Dacia and RFL’s social platforms, sees Roche discuss her journey as an athlete and as a woman in rugby league. The series will feature three other ‘heroes’.

In 2018, Roche was named as the first ever Woman of Steel, an award previously reserved for men which celebrates the best player in UK rugby league.

Betfred broadens RFL partnership

Betfred, the title sponsor of the RFL’s men’s Super League, has now extended it's title partnership to include the Women’s Super League.

The betting company will become the first title sponsor of the women’s competition in a £1m per year that will run until 2021.

The announcement comes on the same day that Betfred has teamed up with Spanish top flight football team RCD Mallorca, becoming the club's main sponsor. The La Liga side was promoted to the highest division last season, for the first time since the club’s relegation in 2013.

Hummel enters Super League with Wigan Warriors

Wigan Warriors have entered into a new four-year partnership with Hummel, making it the Betfred Super League club’s technical kit partner.

The Danish sportswear brand will manufacture three kits each season for the club, as well as producing training and leisurewear. The deal marks Hummel’s first partnership with a Super League club, though it is currently in the first of a four-year deal with the RFL to create kits for the Great Britain Lions team.

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