Wembley kick-off time confirmed

The 2013 Tetley’s Challenge Cup final at Wembley Stadium will kick off at 3.00pm on Saturday August 24.

The match will be televised live on BBC1 and BBC1 HD.

Tickets for the final  are now on sale priced from just £21. Visit www.rugbyleaguetickets.co.uk or call 0844 856 1113 for full details.

For further information on this season’s Tetley’s Challenge Cup, please visit www.thechallengecup.com, www.facebook.com/TetleysChallengeCup or follow @TetleysChCup on twitter.



Tetley’s Challenge Cup final upgrade is fantastic value.

The snow is melting, spring is in the air and for many Rugby League fans across the UK, thoughts are turning to the highlight of summer, the 2013 Tetley’s Challenge Cup final at Wembley Stadium on Saturday August 24.

From today, Tuesday April 2, supporters can secure great seats at the sport’s most celebrated and historic showpiece final at super value prices by taking advantage of a fantastic upgrade ticket promotion.

April is a busy period for the Tetley’s Challenge Cup with both the third and fourth rounds taking place and fans who purchase a ticket for the final throughout the month will automatically receive a free upgrade to the next ticket pricing band.

The ticket upgrades are as follows:

Buy a £21 seat and get upgraded to a £26 seat

Buy a £26 seat and get upgraded to a £31 seat

Buy a £31 seat and get upgraded to a £41seat

Buy a £41 seat and get upgraded to a £51 seat

Buy a £51 seat and get upgraded to a £61 seat

To take advantage of this great offer, please quote the promotion code UPGRADE01 when you book your tickets by calling the RFL Ticket Office on 0844 856 1113 or visiting www.rugbyleaguetickets.co.uk

Morris named Player of the week

SEAN Morris, the Oxford centre, has been named Premier Sports Championship One Player of the Week.

Coach Tony Benson highlighted a “classy” performance by Morris as one of the key reasons behind Oxford’s 40-30 win against Gloucestershire All Golds.


Benson said: “Sean was really classy. Defensively, his decision-making was superb, and on attack he was dangerous every time he got the ball. It was only his third game of rugby league.

“We’ve seen that he’s an outstanding athlete in training, and he’s so quick and skilful, but to do it in a game situation was very impressive.”

Premier Sports Performance of the Week – Hemel Stags

Hemel coach Troy Perkins hailed his side after they secured a 26-8 win at London Skolars in their first ever Championship One fixture.


Perkins said: “Every player played their part. We played with a lot of energy, our line speed was good, and I think the Skolars were a bit shell-shocked.

“We had seven players aged 20 or under, so it’s great to start so well. You only ever get one chance to win your first Championship One game, and it was really important in terms of setting the tone for the rest of the season.

“However, one game doesn’t make a season – we’ll back to reality at training on Tuesday night.”


Premier Sports Championship One Team of the Week

1 Mike Forgham (Hemel Stags)

2 Stuart Reardon (North Wales Crusaders)

3 Danny Davies (Rochdale Hornets)

4 Sean Morris (Oxford)

5 Shaun Robinson (Oxford)

6 Andy Moulsdale (North Wales Crusaders)

7 Steven Roper (Rochdale Hornets)

8 Louis Robinson (London Skolars)

9 John Clough (Oxford)

10 Aiden Pritchard (Hemel Stags)

11 Tyla Hepi (Gloucestershire All Golds)

12 Gary Middlehurst (North Wales Crusaders)

13 Jordan Rice (Gloucestershire All Golds)


Championship One Player of the Year

Oxford’s Sean Morris is the early pacesetter after securing Round One’s Player of the Week.


Week One Player of the Year points

5 points – Sean Morris (Oxford)

4 points – Gary Middlehurst (North Wales Crusaders)

3 points – Tyla Hepi (Gloucestershire All Golds)

2 points – Steve Roper (Rochdale Hornets)

1 points – Andy Moulsdale (North Wales Crusaders)

Skolars in Northern Rail Bowl

The RFL has hailed the success of London Skolars in reaching the first final in the club’s history – the inaugural Northern Rail Bowl at Halifax on Saturday July 20.

Despite having their final game of the Northern Rail Cup group stages postponed due to adverse weather, the Skolars are already guaranteed to finish top of Group B and will meet the winners of Group A in the Bowl Final, which will be played as part of the historic Northern Rail Finals Day. continue reading

England Coach welcomes new clubs

England coach Steve McNamara has offered ‘Good luck’ messages to Hemel Stags and University of Gloucestershire All Golds as professional Rugby League’s newest clubs prepare to make their debuts in the Northern Rail Cup this weekend.

Gloucester and Hemel go head-to-head at The Prince of Wales Stadium, Cheltenham, on Sunday in a fixture that sees both clubs make their professional bows and McNamara has welcomed their presence in the sport during one of the most important years in its history. continue reading