Rugby League Championships

  • Headingley To Host 2014 Championships Finals

    The Rugby Football League (RFL) has revealed that the 2014 Kingstone Press Championships Finals Day will be staged at Headingley Carnegie Stadium in Leeds on Sunday 5 October. Three title-deciding matches will take place on the day: the Kingstone Press Championship Grand Final, the Kingstone Press Championship One Grand Final, the winners of which will be promoted to the Championship, and the National Conference Challenge Trophy Final. It will be the second time the Championships Finals Day has...

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  • RFL Reveals New Look Championships

    The Rugby Football League (RFL) have carried out a strategic review into the Co-operative Championship and  announced a new structure for the semi-professional game in 2013. The comprehensive review of the competitions below Super League included extensive consultation with clubs, sponsors, coaches, players and supporters and has led to clear principles being agreed to strengthen the Championships alongside a blueprint for geographical expansion. “The Championships review has proved a very su...

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  • Nigel Wood Appointed RLIF Chairman As Sally Bolton Joins IAAF

    RFL and Super League (Europe) chief executive Nigel Wood has been appointed chairman of the Rugby League International Federation (RLIF). His appointment was confirmed at the RLIF’s annual meeting in Sydney last week, where Australian Rugby League Commission chief executive Dave Smith was appointed as RLIF vice-chairman in succession to Wood. Wood’s appointment comes just a few months after he helped deliver the most successful international Rugby League tournament of all time in his cap...

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  • Northern Rail Cup To Be Scrapped?

    The Rugby Football League (RFL) has revealed that the Northern Rail Cup may not take place in 2014 in what is being called a transitional year for clubs. The competition has been running since 2002 but, with the current sponsorship about to end and ongoing talks taking place about the structure of the sport, the details of the RFL's Policy Review suggest that it may be scrapped completely next year even ahead of the proposed changes for 2015. The RFL's director of standards and licensing Blake S...

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  • Premier Sports To Broadcast RL Championship

    Up to 32 games from the Co-operative Championship, Championship One and Northern Rail Cup will be televised live by Premier Sports next season after a deal was agreed between the broadcaster and the RFL. Matches will mainly be screened in the popular Thursday night viewing slot. Premier Sports was formed in 2009 by the Irish businessman Michael O'Rourke, a part owner of Setanta Sports Channel Ireland Ltd. The channel mainly broadcasts sporting events that were not picked up by Sky and ESPN af...

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  • Crusaders CEO Steps Down

    The Crusaders Chief Executive, Rod Findlay, has stepped down with immediate effect. Findlay joined the Super League club in December 2010 after it came out of administration. In July 2011, the club’s owners withdrew their application for a Super League Licence for the 2012-14 seasons. Two weeks ago he submitted a business plan for the club to continue in the Co-operative Championships on behalf of the Save the Cru campaign and Crusaders Supporters Club. This is currently being assessed by the...

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  • Wasps' Armstrong Appointed As World Champs 2017 Non-Exec

    Wasps Group CEO David Armstrong has been appointed as a non-executive director of London 2017, the organisation that will have strategic oversight of London’s delivery of the World Athletics Championships. The board announced the appointment of a new co-chair and three other non-executive directors as well. Armstrong, who has been named audit committee chair, led the successful acquisition of the Ricoh Arena and the relocation of the club to Coventry in 2014. Other previous positions include...

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  • Wigan Reveal London Expansion Plans

    Wigan have revealed that they are planning to expand into London to such an extent that they are opening an office on Buckingham Palace Road. The Warriors have been exploring the possibility of staging a home game in the capital and the club has confirmed that at least one game per year will now be played there, with the first fixture to be announced in the near future. Gerald Kelly and Rob Lees will both work full-time in the London office and Wigan will also run camps in the area in order to ...

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  • David Roberts - Newcastle Falcons

    Newcastle Falcons have appointed David Roberts as commercial director. A co-founder of the Great North Run and Great Run series, David is managing director of sports marketing company, Roberts & Partners Ltd. He has been responsible for a number of projects including the commercial rights to PGA Senior Championships, Hartlepool Tall Ships 2010 and assisting Durham County Cricket Club in their sponsorship requirements, as well as working for Nike Europe as Product Line Manager (Running)....

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  • RFL Unveils Championship Sponsor

    The RFL has announced that Kingstone Press Cider will be the official title sponsor of both the Championship and Championship One in 2013 and 2014. The two-year deal, which also sees the brand become an official partner of the England team, involves a “significant” investment but the exact details as to how much the contract is worth have not been released. The company behind Kingstone Press Cider, Aston Manor, has described it as a “record level of investment” though and the new managin...

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