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RLFANS.COM, in conjunction with Catalan Sports Tours, bring you 'Four Nations 2014', a selection of tailored sports focussed holidays. Choose from; Short 'n' Sweet, Aussie Safari, Kiwi Caper, or The Full Monty for the time of your lives following England as they try to wrestle the four nations crown from their antipodean rivals.
On Saturday 11th October under the floodlights of Old Trafford the First Utility Super League Season comes to is epic conclusion as two clubs fight for the right to lift the trophy and be crowned champions.
The Grand Final is more than just a game. The entertainment builds to a spine tingling high, before the players enter the arena to bursts of fireworks and the roar of 70,000 passionate fans, making this an experience not too be missed.
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Apologies for the delay in naming our Managers of the month for February, March and April, we promise to be less tardy for the rest of the season.
We're happy to be able to announce that teams; Widnes Townie in Exile, WF5 Wildcats RL Club and Knock-on, Knock-off are our proud winners of monthly awards for the opening three months of the 2014 season.
The upper tier of the East Stand at Etihad Stadium has been opened for the opening day of Magic Weekend to meet the massive demand for tickets from Rugby League fans.
From today, a further 2,500 tickets have gone on sale for the sporting spectacular which sees a full round of First Utility Super League fixtures played at one venue over two days on May 17 and 18.
The Steve Prescott Foundation will be busy in May, they have a record breaking walk planned from Lands End to John O’Groats followed by a sensational Gala Dinner in the centre of Manchester on the Friday night of Magic Weekend featuring no less than 3 rugby Superstars Jason Robinson, Adrian Morley and Paul Sculthorpe.
After learning of the devastating extent of the injury to Alex McKinnon in Australia, I wanted to look at the topic of player safety within our sport. Thankfully, this sort of thing is especially rare in Rugby League but over recent years the issue of player safety has, it seems, arose more frequently than in the years preceding. We have seen the illegalisation of the ‘shoulder charge’, ‘cannonball’ and ‘chicken wing’ tackles over the last few seasons, as well a vast increase in the penalisation for ‘tip tackles’ - putting a player in a dangerous position.
I’ll start by nailing my colours well and truly to the mast, I’ve never really liked the on-report system. For me it is an easy cop-out for the weak referee; punishes the player after the event rather than benefitting the team offended against; and is a wholly unsatisfactory way to deal with incidents which incense supporters, rile players, and potentially effect results.
It is time we had a re-think and encouraged our referees to be empowered on the pitch and make the decisions to punish the offender’s on-the-spot ensuring that their team pays the penalty for their indiscretions.
Most supporters of the game will agree that the World Cup as a whole was a successful show piece for rugby league on the international stage. Profits were made, many games were well contested, crowd numbers were above expectations, and there was a genuine interest in the event. Detractors, however, would argue in direct contrast. There was no major sponsor for the event, the big three teams continued to dominate, the final was one-sided, and apart from Australia, England, France, New Zealand and Papua New Guinea, most teams relied on heritage players to be competitive.
First Utility Super League Grand Final early bird offers must end soon. Secure your seat for as little as £10.
The First Utility Super League season comes to a climax at Old Trafford on Saturday 11th October and you could be there to experience the action live for as little as £10.
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