Super League

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Super League
Current season, competition or edition:
Rugby football current event.svg Super League XXV
Sport Rugby league
Founded1996;24 years ago (1996)
No. of teams12
CountryFlag of England.svg  England
Flag of Wales (1959-present).svg  Wales
Flag of France.svg  France
Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg  Canada
Most recent
champion(s)
Saintscolours.svg St Helens
(7th title)
Most titles Rhinoscolours.svg Leeds Rhinos
(8 titles)
TV partner(s) Sky Sport
BBC
Level on pyramid1
Relegation to Championship
Domestic cup(s) Challenge Cup
International cup(s) World Club Challenge
Official website Super League

Super League (currently known as the Betfred Super League for sponsorship reasons) is the top-level professional rugby league club competition in the Northern Hemisphere. The league has twelve teams: ten from England, one from France and one from Canada.

Contents

Super League began in 1996, replacing the First Division and switching from a winter to a summer season. Each team plays 29 games between February and September: 11 home games, 11 away games, Magic Weekend and an additional 6 'loop fixtures' decided by league positions. The top five then enter the play-off series leading to the Grand Final which determines the champions. The bottom team is relegated to the Championship.

The Super League champions play the National Rugby League champions from Australasia in the World Club Challenge at the start of the season.

History

1996–2001: Establishment

A "super league" competition was first mooted during the Australian Super League war as a way for 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 were:

Initially, several mergers between existing clubs were proposed:

They were to be included with the following stand-alone clubs: 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 and 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

After two years Paris were dropped from the competition. Promotion and relegation between Super League and the Rugby League National Leagues was re-introduced, and in 2002 the Super League Europe (SLE) governing body re-integrated fully into the Rugby Football League (RFL). In 2006, French side Catalans Dragons (also known as UTC or Les Catalans) from Perpignan joined the league, becoming the second non-English team to compete. To facilitate this move, two clubs were relegated from 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 who finished 11th (and would have stayed up any other year) were dropped for Les Catalans, thus the number of clubs in Super League remained at 12.

2009–2014: Licensing

Super League licences were announced in May 2005 by the RFL as the new determinant of the 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 with new teams to be admitted on a licence basis with the term of the licence to start in 2009. [1]

The RFL stated that clubs applying to compete in 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 board of directors. [2]

Successful applicants were licensed for three years of Super League competition and [3] three-yearly reviews of 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 decided who made the final cut. [4]

First licensing period

In June 2008, the RFL confirmed that 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 teams along with National League 1 teams, Celtic Crusaders and Salford. Celtic Crusaders becoming the first Welsh team to play in Super League and the only team to be awarded a licence who had never played in the Super League previously.

Featherstone Rovers, Halifax, Leigh and 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

For the 2012–14 seasons Championship sides Batley, Barrow, Featherstone Rovers, Halifax and Widnes all met the on-field criteria needed to submit an application, [9] but despite this only Barrow, Halifax and Widnes decided to submit an application. [10] On 31 March 2011 Widnes were awarded a 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 clubs. [11]

The Rugby Football League's final decision was announced on 26 July 2011, Widnes would be joining thirteen existing 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]

2015–2018: Super 8s

At the 2013 Annual General Meeting at Bradford, the 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 Super League and 12 Kingstone Press Championship clubs played each other home and away over 22 "rounds", plus a Magic Weekend for both divisions, making a 23-game regular season. Following the conclusion of their regular league seasons, the 24 clubs then competed in a play-off series where they split into 3 leagues of 8 based upon league position: [15] [16]

Funding for clubs was tiered in both leagues to prevent relegation-related financial difficulties.

In June 2015 8 of the 12 Super League clubs voted to allow a Marquee Player that could exceed a clubs salary cap as long as they can afford their wages. The marquee player rule came into force for the 2016 Super League season.

2019–onwards: Super League split from RFL

On 14 September 2018, an EGM was called to discuss the future of the sport and a change in structure, as the clubs were in favour of scrapping the Super 8s in favour of a more conventional structure [17] . The Super League clubs voted to split from the RFL and appoint their own CEO to have more control over TV and sponsorship money as well as scrapping the Super 8s but retaining promotion and relegation to apease the Championship clubs. [18] After the 2020 season was suspended due to the COVID-19 pandemic in the United Kingdom there were calls made from Super League clubs for the two executive bodies - Super League Europe and the RFL - to re-amalgamate. [19]

Structure

Super League regular season

12 teams compete in Super League. They play each other twice on a home-and-away basis, interrupted by the Magic Weekend round in May. The 12 clubs also play 6 loop fixtures to bring the number of games in a season to 29. The team finishing bottom after 29 rounds collects the Wooden Spoon, and is relegated, while the team finishing first is awarded the League Leaders Shield. The top 5 teams at the end of the season enter the playoffs.

Super League adopted Golden point during regular season for the first time in 2019, bringing it in line with the NRL which had been using the system since 2003. [20]

Magic Weekend

In an attempt to expand out of the traditional rugby league "heartlands", and market the game to a wider audience, the RFL has staged games in large stadiums, in places without a strong rugby league presence. The "Magic Weekend" concept, which involves staging an entire round of Super League in such a stadium, was first staged in Cardiff in 2007. Dubbed "Millennium Magic", and played in the Millennium Stadium, the concept was held in Cardiff again in 2008. In 2009 and 2010, the event was held in 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 return to Cardiff, and was held during the weekend 12–13 February, and serving as the season opener. from 2014–2018, the event was held at St James' Park in Newcastle. In 2019, the event was held at Anfield in Liverpool, before returning to Newcastle for the 2020 season.

Play-offs

The play-offs have had various formats. St. Helens are the only team to take part in every playoff series since the inaugural series in 1998

The current play-off system was previously used between 1998 and 2001. The same system was used in the NSWRL's Sydney Competition 1973–1994, the Australian Super League in its only season 1997, the VFL, 1972–1990 and New Zealand's Lion Red Cup, 1994–1996, and Bartercard Cup, 2000–2006.

From week two on the Top five play-offs system reflected exactly the Page playoff system.

The Top Five Super League Play-Off Structure:

Week One

  • Qualification Final: 2nd vs 3rd
  • Elimination Final: 4th vs 5th
  • Bye: 1st

Week Two

  • Major Semi Final: 1st vs Winners of Qualification Final
  • Minor Semi Final: Losers of Qualification Final vs Winners of Elimination Final

Week Three

  • Preliminary Final: Losers of Major Semi Final vs Winners of Minor Semi Final
  • Bye: Winners of Major Semi Final

Week Four

  • Grand Final: Winners of Major Semi Final vs Winners of Preliminary Final

Grand Final

Leeds Rhinos celebrating following their 2008 Grand Final victory Rhinos2008.jpg
Leeds Rhinos celebrating following their 2008 Grand Final victory

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

CityStadiumYears
Flag of England.svg Manchester Old Trafford 1998–present

Largest attendance

YearCityStadiumAttendance
2015 Flag of England.svg Manchester Old Trafford 73,512

Other competitions

Challenge Cup

The Challenge Cup is a separate cup competition, involving clubs from Super League and all levels of rugby league in Britain. It has been held annually since 1896 and has been expanded so teams in Canada, Serbia, Ireland, Russia, France, Scotland and Wales can take part. The cup runs throughout the season, and the final is usually played on the August bank holiday at Wembley Stadium. Until Super League, the final would take place at Wembley Stadium at the end of April or start of May, usually 2 weeks after the regular season ended.

Clubs

Current clubs

Super League clubs
ColoursClubEstablishedCityStadiumCapacity*Titles (Last)**
Castleford colours.svg
Castleford Tigers a1926 Castleford, West Yorkshire Wheldon Road 11,7750 (N/A)
Catalanscolours.svg
Catalans Dragons 2000 Perpignan, Pyrénées-Orientales Gilbert Brutus Stadium 13,0000 (N/A)
Giantscolours.svg
Huddersfield Giants c1864 Huddersfield, West Yorkshire Kirklees Stadium 24,5007 (1962)
Hullcolours.svg
Hull F.C. c1865 Hull, East Yorkshire KCOM Stadium 25,4006 (1983)
HKRcolours.svg
Hull Kingston Rovers 1882 Hull, East Yorkshire Craven Park 12,2255 (1985)
Rhinoscolours.svg
Leeds Rhinos abc1870 Leeds, West Yorkshire Headingley Stadium 19,70011 (2017)
Redscolours.svg
Salford Red Devils 1873 Salford, Greater Manchester Salford City Stadium 12,0006 (1976)
Saintscolours.svg
St Helens abc1873 St Helens, Merseyside Totally Wicked Stadium 18,00014 (2019)
New Zealand Kiwis colours.svg
Toronto Wolfpack 2016 Toronto, Ontario Lamport Stadium 9,6000 (N/A)
Wcatscolours.svg
Wakefield Trinity c1873 Wakefield, West Yorkshire Belle Vue 9,3332 (1968)
Wolvescolours.svg
Warrington Wolves ab1876 Warrington, Cheshire Halliwell Jones Stadium 15,2003 (1955)
Wigancolours.svg
Wigan Warriors abc1872 Wigan, Greater Manchester DW Stadium 25,13322 (2018)

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

Current Champions

Former Super League clubs

Former Super League clubs
ColoursClubSeasons in
Super League
First season in
Super League
Last season in
Super League
Last top
division title**
Broncoscolours.png
London Broncos 2019962019N/A
Bullscolours.svg
Bradford Bulls 19199620142005
Widnes colours.svg
Widnes Vikings 11200220181989
Faxcolours.svg
Halifax 8199620031985-86
Sheffeagles colours.svg
Sheffield Eagles 419961999N/A
Cruscolours.svg
Crusaders §*320092011N/A
Leigh colours.svg
Leigh Centurions 2200520171981-82
Oldhamcolours.svg
Oldham 2199619971956-57
France colours.svg
Paris Saint-Germain §219961997N/A
Gthundercolours.svg
Gateshead Thunder §*119991999N/A
Workingtoncolours.svg
Workington Town 1199619961950-51

Points deductions

YearClubPointsReason
2001 Wcatscolours.svg Wakefield Trinity 2Salary Cap Breach
2003 Faxcolours.svg Halifax 2Salary Cap Breach
Hullcolours.svg Hull F.C. 2Salary Cap Breach
Saintscolours.svg St. Helens 2Salary Cap Breach
2006 Bullscolours.svg Bradford Bulls 2Salary Cap Breach
Wigancolours.svg Wigan Warriors 2Salary Cap Breach
2007 Bullscolours.svg Bradford Bulls 2Salary Cap Breach
Wigancolours.svg Wigan Warriors 4Salary Cap Breach
2011 Wcatscolours.svg Wakefield Trinity 4Administration
Cruscolours.svg Crusaders 4Administration
2012 Bullscolours.svg Bradford Bulls 6Administration
2013 Redscolours.svg Salford Red Devils 2Fielding Extra Man
2014 Bullscolours.svg Bradford Bulls 6Administration
2016 Redscolours.svg Salford Red Devils 6Salary Cap Breach

Academies

Reserve league

In 2014 and 2015 Super League clubs were unhappy with the Dual registration system and wanted to form an under-23 reserve leagues between the under-19s and first teams. Wigan, 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

Dual registration refers to an arrangement between clubs whereby a player continues to be registered to his current Super League club and is also registered to play for a club in the Championship. The system is aimed at young Super League players who are thought to be not quite ready to make the step up to 'week in, week out' Super League first team duties but for whom first team match experience is likely to be beneficial for their development. [21]

  • Only Super League players can be dual registered and the receiving club must be a club in the Championships, meaning that Super League to 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 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

In 2017 the following teams will run in each of the Senior Academy divisions: [22] Super League Academy – U19s:

Champions

The league format changed in 1998 and the championship became a play-off series to determine the Super League champions. This meant a reintroduction of a final to determine the European champions, the first since the 1972–73 season. For the first 2 seasons of Super League, there was no Grand Final - The winners of the league were the team that finished top, as before in the previous Championship leagues.

SeasonChampionsScoreRunners-upLeague Leaders
I
Saintscolours.svg St. Helens N/A Wigancolours.svg Wigan Warriors N/A
II
Bullscolours.svg Bradford Bulls Broncoscolours.png London Broncos
III
Wigancolours.svg Wigan Warriors 10–4 Rhinoscolours.svg Leeds Rhinos Wigancolours.svg Wigan Warriors
IV
Saintscolours.svg St. Helens 8–6 Bullscolours.svg Bradford Bulls Bullscolours.svg Bradford Bulls
V
Saintscolours.svg St. Helens 29–16 Wigancolours.svg Wigan Warriors Wigancolours.svg Wigan Warriors
VI
Bullscolours.svg Bradford Bulls 37–6 Wigancolours.svg Wigan Warriors Bullscolours.svg Bradford Bulls
VII
Saintscolours.svg St. Helens 19–18 Bullscolours.svg Bradford Bulls Saintscolours.svg St. Helens
VIII
Bullscolours.svg Bradford Bulls 25–12 Wigancolours.svg Wigan Warriors Bullscolours.svg Bradford Bulls
IX
Rhinoscolours.svg Leeds Rhinos 16–8 Bullscolours.svg Bradford Bulls Rhinoscolours.svg Leeds Rhinos
X
Bullscolours.svg Bradford Bulls 15–6 Rhinoscolours.svg Leeds Rhinos Saintscolours.svg St. Helens
XI
Saintscolours.svg St. Helens 26–4 Hullcolours.svg Hull Saintscolours.svg St. Helens
XII
Rhinoscolours.svg Leeds Rhinos 33–6 Saintscolours.svg St. Helens Saintscolours.svg St. Helens
XIII
Rhinoscolours.svg Leeds Rhinos 24–16 Saintscolours.svg St. Helens Saintscolours.svg St. Helens
XIV
Rhinoscolours.svg Leeds Rhinos 18–10 Saintscolours.svg St. Helens Rhinoscolours.svg Leeds Rhinos
XV
Wigancolours.svg Wigan Warriors 22–10 Saintscolours.svg St. Helens Wigancolours.svg Wigan Warriors
XVI
Rhinoscolours.svg Leeds Rhinos 32–16 Saintscolours.svg St. Helens Wolvescolours.svg Warrington Wolves
XVII
Rhinoscolours.svg Leeds Rhinos 26–18 Wolvescolours.svg Warrington Wolves Wigancolours.svg Wigan Warriors
XVIII
Wigancolours.svg Wigan Warriors 30–16 Wolvescolours.svg Warrington Wolves Giantscolours.svg Huddersfield Giants
XIX
Saintscolours.svg St. Helens 14–6 Wigancolours.svg Wigan Warriors Saintscolours.svg St. Helens
XX
Rhinoscolours.svg Leeds Rhinos 22-20 Wigancolours.svg Wigan Warriors Rhinoscolours.svg Leeds Rhinos
XXI
Wigancolours.svg Wigan Warriors 12-6 Wolvescolours.svg Warrington Wolves Wolvescolours.svg Warrington Wolves
XXII
Rhinoscolours.svg Leeds Rhinos 24-6 Castleford colours.svg Castleford Tigers Castleford colours.svg Castleford Tigers
XXIII
Wigancolours.svg Wigan Warriors 12-4 Wolvescolours.svg Warrington Wolves Saintscolours.svg St. Helens
XXIV
Saintscolours.svg St. Helens 23-6 Redscolours.svg Salford Red Devils Saintscolours.svg St. Helens
XXV
-

Results

ClubWinsRunners
up
Winning Years
1 Rhinoscolours.svg Leeds Rhinos 82 2004, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2011, 2012, 2015, 2017
2 Saintscolours.svg St. Helens 75 1996, 1999, 2000, 2002, 2006, 2014, 2019
3 Wigancolours.svg Wigan Warriors 56 1998, 2010, 2013, 2016, 2018
4 Bullscolours.svg Bradford Bulls 43 1997, 2001, 2003, 2005
5 Wolvescolours.svg Warrington Wolves 04N/A
6 Redscolours.svg Salford Red Devils 01N/A
Castleford colours.svg Castleford Tigers 01N/A
Hullcolours.svg Hull 01N/A
Broncoscolours.png London Broncos 01N/A

The Double

In rugby league, the term 'the Double' is referring to the achievement of a club that wins the top division and 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 era.

ClubWinsWinning years
1 Wigancolours.svg Wigan Warriors 71989–90, 1990–91, 1991–92, 1992–93,
1993–94, 1994–95, 2013
2 Saintscolours.svg St. Helens 31965–66, 1996, 2006
3 Giantscolours.svg Huddersfield Giants 21912–13, 1914–15
4 Barrowcolours.svg Broughton Rangers 11901–02
5 Faxcolours.svg Halifax 11902–03
6 Hunsletcolours.svg Hunslet F.C. §11907–08
7 Swintoncolours.svg Swinton Lions 11927–28
8 Wolvescolours.svg Warrington Wolves 11953–54
9 Bullscolours.svg Bradford Bulls 12003
10 Rhinoscolours.svg Leeds Rhinos 12015

The Treble

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 have won the treble in the Super League era.

ClubWinsWinning years
1
Wigancolours.svg Wigan Warriors
31991–92, 1992–93, 1994–95
2
Giantscolours.svg Huddersfield Giants
21912–13, 1914–15
3
Saintscolours.svg St. Helens
21965–66, 2006
4
Hunsletcolours.svg Hunslet F.C. §
11907–08
5
Swintoncolours.svg Swinton Lions
11927–28
6
Bullscolours.svg Bradford Bulls
12003
7
Rhinoscolours.svg Leeds Rhinos
12015

All Four Cups

Winning all Four Cups refers to winning the Super League, League Leaders' Shield, Challenge Cup and 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.

ClubWinsWinning years
1
Hunsletcolours.svg Hunslet F.C. §
11907–08
2
Giantscolours.svg Huddersfield Giants
11914–15
3
Swintoncolours.svg Swinton Lions
11927–28
4
Wigancolours.svg Wigan Warriors
11994–95
5
Bullscolours.svg Bradford Bulls
12003–04
6
Saintscolours.svg St. Helens
12006–07

Teams relegated

YearRelegated Club(s)
1996 Workingtoncolours.svg Workington Town
1997 Oldhamcolours.svg Oldham Bears
Paris Saint Germain folded at end of season
1998 Gthundercolours.svg Gateshead Thunder merged with Hullcolours.svg Hull Sharks
Sheffeagles colours.svg Sheffield Eagles and Giantscolours.svg Huddersfield Giants merged to form Huddersfield-Sheffield Giants
1999-2000: No relegation
2001 Giantscolours.svg Huddersfield Giants
2002 Redscolours.svg Salford City Reds
2003 Faxcolours.svg Halifax
2004 Castleford colours.svg Castleford Tigers
2005 Widnes colours.svg Widnes Vikings
Leigh colours.svg Leigh Centurions
2006 Castleford colours.svg Castleford Tigers [23]
2007 Redscolours.svg Salford City Reds
2008-2010: No relegation
2011 Cruscolours.svg Crusaders RL (lost licence)
2012-2013: No relegation
2014 Broncoscolours.png London Broncos
Bullscolours.svg Bradford Bulls
2015 None [24]
2016 HKRcolours.svg Hull Kingston Rovers
2017 Leigh colours.svg Leigh Centurions
2018 Widnes colours.svg Widnes Vikings
2019 Broncoscolours.png London Broncos

Awards

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.

ClubWinsWinning years
1 Saintscolours.svg St. Helens 91996, 2002, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2014, 2018, 2019
2 Wigancolours.svg Wigan Warriors 41998, 2000, 2010, 2012
3 Bullscolours.svg Bradford Bulls 41997, 1999, 2001, 2003
4 Rhinoscolours.svg Leeds Rhinos 32004, 2009, 2015
5 Wolvescolours.svg Warrington Wolves 22011, 2016
6 Giantscolours.svg Huddersfield Giants 12013
7 Castleford colours.svg Castleford Tigers 12017

Super League Trophy

Super League Trophy 2012SuperLeagueTrophy.jpg
Super League Trophy

The winner of the Grand Final is given the Super League Trophy as 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 Rugby league football captain are engraved.

The record for most Super League titles won is held by Leeds with eight titles. Leeds captain Kevin Sinfield currently holds the record for captaining the most Super League title winning sides after captaining 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 F.C. in 2006; after which they suffered consecutive defeats against Leeds in 2007, 2008, 2009, Wigan in 2010 and Leeds once again in 2011. However, St. Helens made a victorious return in 2014, defeating rivals, Wigan 14–6.

Following their 2014 and 2015 defeats to St. Helens and Leeds respectively, Wigan have now equalled St Helens's record of losing five Grand Finals. Hull FC (2006), Warrington (2012, 2013, 2016, and 2018), and Castleford (2017) have all appeared in the Grand Final but never won.

Steve Prescott 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 times, with the first such award given in 1977. It was renamed in honour of Steve Prescott in 2014.

Albert Goldthorpe Medal

The 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 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 2019 dream team is as follows:

PlayerTeamAppearance
1 Flag of Scotland.svg Lachlan Coote Saintscolours.svg St. Helens 1
2 Flag of England.svg Thomas Makinson Saintscolours.svg St. Helens 4
3 Flag of Fiji.svg Kevin Naiqama Saintscolours.svg St. Helens 1
4 Flag of Tonga.svg Konrad Hurrell Rhinoscolours.svg Leeds Rhinos 1
5 Flag of England.svg Ash Handley Rhinoscolours.svg Leeds Rhinos 1
6 Flag of Australia (converted).svg Blake Austin Wolvescolours.svg Warrington Wolves 1
7 Flag of Australia (converted).svg Jackson Hastings Redscolours.svg Salford Red Devils 1
8 Flag of England.svg Liam Watts Castleford colours.svg Castleford Tigers 1
9 Flag of England.svg Daryl Clark Wolvescolours.svg Warrington Wolves 2
10 Flag of England.svg Luke Thompson Saintscolours.svg St. Helens 2
11 Flag of England.svg Josh Jones Redscolours.svg Salford Red Devils 1
12 Flag of England.svg Liam Farrell Wigancolours.svg Wigan Warriors 2
13 Flag of Wales (1959-present).svg Morgan Knowles Saintscolours.svg St. Helens 1

Coaches

Nat.NameClubAppointedTime as head coach
Flag of England.svg Daryl Powell Castleford colours.svg Castleford Tigers 7 May 20137 years, 33 days
Flag of England.svg Steve McNamara Catalanscolours.svg Catalans Dragons 19 June 20172 years, 356 days
Flag of Australia (converted).svg Simon Woolford Giantscolours.svg Huddersfield Giants 29 April 20182 years, 41 days
none Hullcolours.svg Hull
Flag of Australia (converted).svg Tony Smith HKRcolours.svg Hull Kingston Rovers 6 June 20191 year, 3 days
Flag of England.svg Richard Agar Rhinoscolours.svg Leeds Rhinos 7 May 20191 year, 33 days
Flag of Wales (1959-present).svg Ian Watson Redscolours.svg Salford Red Devils 3 September 20154 years, 280 days
Flag of Australia (converted).svg Kristian Woolf Saintscolours.svg St. Helens 13 October 2019240 days
Flag of England.svg Brian McDermott New Zealand Kiwis colours.svg Toronto Wolfpack 12 November 20181 year, 210 days
Flag of England.svg Chris Chester Wcatscolours.svg Wakefield Trinity 16 March 20164 years, 85 days
Flag of Australia (converted).svg Steve Price Wolvescolours.svg Warrington Wolves 6 October 20172 years, 247 days
Flag of Papua New Guinea.svg Adrian Lam Wigancolours.svg Wigan Warriors 14 October 20181 year, 239 days

Head coaches with Super League titles

The Super League has been won by 14 different coaches, 9 from Australia, 4 from England and 1 from New Zealand.

Head CoachWinsWinning years
1 Flag of England.svg Brian McDermott 42011, 2012, 2015, 2017
2 Flag of England.svg Brian Noble 32001, 2003, 2005
3 Flag of England.svg Shaun Wane 32013, 2016, 2018
4 Flag of Australia (converted).svg Ian Millward 22000, 2002
5 Flag of Australia (converted).svg Tony Smith 22004, 2007
6 Flag of New Zealand.svg Brian McClennan 22008, 2009
7 Flag of Australia (converted).svg Shaun McRae 11996
8 Flag of Australia (converted).svg Matthew Elliott 11997
9 Flag of Australia (converted).svg John Monie 11998
10 Flag of England.svg Ellery Hanley 11999
11 Flag of Australia (converted).svg Daniel Anderson 12006
12 Flag of Australia (converted).svg Michael Maguire 12010
13 Flag of Australia (converted).svg Nathan Brown 12014
14 Flag of Australia (converted).svg Justin Holbrook 12019

Coaches to have coached at least 200 Super League games

Statistics correct as of 15 March 2020

RankPlayerClub(s)Games
1 Flag of Australia (converted).svg Tony Smith Huddersfield (2001, 2003)
Leeds (2004-2007),
Warrington (2009-2017)
Hull KR (2019-present)
453
2 Flag of England.svg Brian McDermott Harlequins (2007-2010)
Leeds (2011-2018)
Toronto (2020–present)
340
3 Flag of England.svg Brian Noble Bradford (2001-2006)
Wigan (2006-2009)
Crusaders (2010)
Salford (2013-2014)
321
4 Flag of Australia (converted).svg Shaun McRae St. Helens (1996-1998)
Gateshead (1999)
Hull (2000-2004)
Salford (2007, 2009-2011)
312
5 Flag of England.svg Daryl Powell Leeds (2001-2003)
Castleford (2013-present)
285
6 Flag of England.svg John Kear Sheffield (1997-1999),
Huddersfield (2000)
Hull (2005-2006)
Wakefield (2006-2011)
272
7 Flag of Australia (converted).svg Ian Millward St. Helens (2000-2005)
Wigan (2005-2006)
Castleford (2012-2013)
228
8 Flag of England.svg Shaun Wane Wigan (2012-2018)208

Players

Players to have made over 350 Super League Appearances

Kevin Sinfield made 454 Super League appearances for Leeds Rhinos between 1997 and 2015 Kevin Sinfield England.jpg
Kevin Sinfield made 454 Super League appearances for Leeds Rhinos between 1997 and 2015
RankPlayerYearsClub(s)Appearances
1 Flag of England.svg Kevin Sinfield 1997–2015 Leeds 454
2 Flag of England.svg Andy Lynch 1999–2017 Castleford, Bradford, Hull FC, Castleford 452
3 Flag of England.svg Paul Wellens 1998–2015 St. Helens 443
4 Flag of England.svg Jamie Peacock 1998–2015 Bradford, Leeds 438
5= Flag of England.svg Rob Burrow 2001–2017 Leeds 431
5= Flag of England.svg Leon Pryce 1998–2016 Bradford, St. Helens, Hull FC, Catalans 431
7 Flag of England.svg Ben Westwood 1999–2019 Wakefield, Warrington 430
8 Flag of England.svg Danny Tickle 2000–2018 Halifax, Wigan, Hull FC, Widnes, Castleford, Leigh, Hull KR 419
9 Flag of England.svg Keith Senior 1996– 2011 Sheffield, Leeds 413
10 Flag of England.svg Lee Gilmour 1997–2014 Wigan, Bradford, St. Helens, Huddersfield, Castleford, Wakefield 412
11= Flag of England.svg Danny McGuire 2001–2019 Leeds, Hull KR 408
11= Flag of England.svg James Roby 2004–present St. Helens 408
13 Flag of Wales (1959-present).svg Lee Briers 1997–2013 St. Helens, Warrington 402
14 Flag of England.svg Sean O'Loughlin 2002–present Wigan 400
15 Flag of England.svg Jon Wilkin 2003–2018,
2020–present
St. Helens, Toronto 385
16 Flag of England.svg Paul Deacon 1997–2011 Oldham, Bradford, Wigan 384
17 Flag of Wales (1959-present).svg Keiron Cunningham 1996–2010 St. Helens 382
18 Flag of England.svg Danny Orr 1997–2012 Castleford, Wigan, Harlequins RL, Castleford 381
19 Flag of England.svg Jamie Jones-Buchanan 1999–2019 Leeds 366
20 Flag of England.svg Jon Clarke 1997–2014 Wigan, London, Warrington, Widnes 360
21 Flag of England.svg Stuart Fielden 1998–2013 Bradford, Wigan, Huddersfield 359
22 Flag of Scotland.svg Richard Horne 1999–2014 Hull 353
23 Flag of England.svg Mickey Higham 2001–2017 St. Helens, Wigan, Warrington, Leigh 352

Tries

RankPlayerYearsClubsTries
1 Flag of England.svg Danny McGuire 2001–2019 Leeds, Hull KR 247
2= Flag of England.svg Paul Wellens 1998–2015 St. Helens 199
2= Flag of England.svg Keith Senior 1996–2011 Sheffield, Leeds 199
4 Flag of England.svg Ryan Hall 2007–2018 Leeds 196
5 Flag of England.svg Ryan Atkins 2005–present Bradford, Wakefield x2,
Warrington
186

Points

RankPlayerYearsClubsPoints
1 Flag of England.svg Kevin Sinfield 1997–2015 Leeds 3,443
2 Flag of Scotland.svg Danny Brough 2005–2006, 2008–present Hull FC, Castleford,
Wakefield x2, Huddersfield
2,462
3 Flag of England.svg Paul Deacon 1997–2011 Oldham, Bradford, Wigan 2,415
4 Flag of England.svg Andrew Farrell 1996–2004 Wigan 2,372
5 Four Provinces Flag.svg Pat Richards 2006–2013, 2016 Wigan, Catalans 2,280

Winning captains

10 players have captained teams to win the Super League.

CaptainWinsWinning years
1 Flag of England.svg Kevin Sinfield 72004, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2011, 2012, 2015
2 Flag of England.svg Sean O'Loughlin 42010, 2013, 2016, 2018
3 Flag of England.svg Chris Joynt 31999, 2000, 2002
4 Flag of New Zealand.svg Robbie Paul 31997, 2001, 2003
5 Flag of England.svg Bobbie Goulding 11996
6 Flag of England.svg Andy Farrell 11998
7 Flag of England.svg Jamie Peacock 12005
8 Flag of England.svg Sean Long 12006
9 Flag of England.svg Paul Wellens 12014
10 Flag of England.svg Danny McGuire 12017
11 Flag of England.svg James Roby 12019

Top Try Scorer by season

YearPlayerTriesTeam
1996 Flag of England.svg Paul Newlove 28 Saintscolours.svg St. Helens
1997 Flag of New Zealand.svg Nigel Vagana 17 Wolvescolours.svg Warrington Wolves
1998 Flag of Wales (1959-present).svg Anthony Sullivan 20 Saintscolours.svg St. Helens
1999 Flag of New Zealand.svg Toa Kohe-Love 25 Wolvescolours.svg Warrington Wolves
2000 Flag of England.svg Sean Long & Flag of England.svg Tommy Martyn 22both Saintscolours.svg St. Helens
2001 Flag of England.svg Kris Radlinski 27 Wigancolours.svg Wigan Warriors
2002 Flag of Australia (converted).svg Dennis Moran 22 Broncoscolours.png London Broncos
2003 Flag of Australia (converted).svg Dennis Moran 24 Broncoscolours.png London Broncos
2004 Flag of New Zealand.svg Lesley Vainikolo 36 Bullscolours.svg Bradford Bulls
2005 Flag of England.svg Mark Calderwood 27 Rhinoscolours.svg Leeds Rhinos
2006 Flag of Australia (converted).svg Justin Murphy 25 Catalanscolours.svg Catalans Dragons
2007 Flag of Samoa.svg Henry Fa'afili 21 Wolvescolours.svg Warrington Wolves
2008 Flag of England.svg Ade Gardner 26 Saintscolours.svg St. Helens
2009 Flag of England.svg Ryan Hall 29 Rhinoscolours.svg Leeds Rhinos
2010 Four Provinces Flag.svg Pat Richards 29 Wigancolours.svg Wigan Warriors
2011 Flag of England.svg Ryan Hall & Flag of England.svg Sam Tomkins 28 Rhinoscolours.svg Leeds Rhinos & Wigancolours.svg Wigan Warriors
2012 Flag of England.svg Josh Charnley 31 Wigancolours.svg Wigan Warriors
2013 Flag of England.svg Josh Charnley 33 Wigancolours.svg Wigan Warriors
2014 Flag of Australia (converted).svg Joel Monaghan 28 Wolvescolours.svg Warrington Wolves
2015 Flag of England.svg Jermaine McGillvary 27 Giantscolours.svg Huddersfield Giants
2016 Flag of New Zealand.svg Denny Solomona 40 Castleford colours.svg Castleford Tigers
2017 Flag of England.svg Greg Eden 38 Castleford colours.svg Castleford Tigers
2018 Flag of Australia (converted).svg Ben Barba 28 Saintscolours.svg St. Helens
2019 Flag of England.svg Tommy Makinson 23 Saintscolours.svg St. Helens

Top Points Scorer by season

YearPlayerPointsTeam
1996 Flag of England.svg Bobbie Goulding 257 Saintscolours.svg St. Helens
1997 Flag of England.svg Andy Farrell 243 Wigancolours.svg Wigan Warriors
1998 Flag of Wales (1959-present).svg Iestyn Harris 333 Rhinoscolours.svg Leeds Rhinos
1999 Flag of Wales (1959-present).svg Iestyn Harris 325 Rhinoscolours.svg Leeds Rhinos
2000 Flag of England.svg Sean Long 352 Saintscolours.svg St. Helens
2001 Flag of England.svg Andy Farrell 388 Wigancolours.svg Wigan Warriors
2002 Flag of England.svg Paul Deacon 301 Bullscolours.svg Bradford Bulls
2003 Flag of England.svg Paul Deacon 286 Bullscolours.svg Bradford Bulls
2004 Flag of England.svg Kevin Sinfield 277 Rhinoscolours.svg Leeds Rhinos
2005 Flag of England.svg Paul Deacon 322 Bullscolours.svg Bradford Bulls
2006 Flag of Australia (converted).svg Jamie Lyon 316 Saintscolours.svg St. Helens
2007 Four Provinces Flag.svg Pat Richards 248 Wigancolours.svg Wigan Warriors
2008 Four Provinces Flag.svg Pat Richards 269 Wigancolours.svg Wigan Warriors
2009 Four Provinces Flag.svg Pat Richards 252 Wigancolours.svg Wigan Warriors
2010 Four Provinces Flag.svg Pat Richards 388 Wigancolours.svg Wigan Warriors
2011 Flag of England.svg Jamie Foster 330 Saintscolours.svg St. Helens
2012 Flag of Australia (converted).svg Scott Dureau 281 Catalanscolours.svg Catalans Dragons
2013 Flag of Scotland.svg Danny Brough 208 Giantscolours.svg Huddersfield Giants
2014 Flag of England.svg Marc Sneyd 224 Castleford colours.svg Castleford Tigers
2015 Flag of England.svg Luke Gale 247 Castleford colours.svg Castleford Tigers
2016 Flag of England.svg Luke Gale 262 Castleford colours.svg Castleford Tigers
2017 Flag of England.svg Luke Gale 317 Castleford colours.svg Castleford Tigers
2018 Flag of England.svg Danny Richardson 296 Saintscolours.svg St. Helens
2019 Flag of Scotland.svg Lachlan Coote 259 Saintscolours.svg St. Helens
logo used from 1996 to 2016 Super League logo.png
logo used from 1996 to 2016

The Super League has had three 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.

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Logo from 2017 to 2019

The second official logo was introduced in 2017 as part of a radical rebrand across British rugby league. The design was similar to the Rugby Football League (RFL) and 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.

logo used in the media and on playing shirts Betfred Super League 2020.png
logo used in the media and on playing shirts

Ahead of the 2020 Super League season a new logo was revealed. The new logo was designed by the same company who redesigned the Premier League logo and was more simplistic than previous designs.

Sponsorship

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:

PeriodSponsorName
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
2013no sponsorSuper League
2014–2016 First Utility First Utility Super League
2017-2021 Betfred Betfred Super League

As well as title sponsorship, Super League has a number of official partners and suppliers. [25] For the 2017 season these include Kingstone Press Cider, Dacia, Foxy Bingo, Batchelors and Specsavers.

The official rugby ball supplier is Steeden. [26]

Competition rules

Overseas quota and Federation-trained players

An overseas quota restricting the maximum number of foreign players at each club has existed since the inception of the Super League in 1996. [27] However, overseas players that hold a European Union passport or come under the 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 announced plans to introduce a "homegrown player" rule to encourage clubs to develop their own players. [28] As of 2017, 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. [29]

Salary cap

A salary cap was first introduced to the 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. [30]

The 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: [31]

In 2017, 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. [32]

Squad announcement system

Before each Super League 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. [31]

Match officials

All Super League matches are governed by the laws set out by the RFL; these laws are enforced by match officials. Former Super League and International Referee Steve Ganson is the current Head of Match Officials and Technical Director. Former Hull F.C. player and Huddersfield Head Coach 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 following Stuart Cummings' departure in March 2013 having previously held the role of Match Officials Coach & Technical Director.

Criticism

Big Four dominance

Results of the 'Big Four' during 1996-2009
Season Bullscolours.svg Bradford Bulls Rhinoscolours.svg Leeds Rhinos Saintscolours.svg St. Helens Wigancolours.svg Wigan Warriors
1996 310ChampionsRunners up
1997 Champions534
1998 5Runners up4Champions
1999 Runners up3Champions4
2000 34ChampionsRunners up
2001 Champions54Runners up
2002 Runners up4Champions3
2003 Champions24Runners up
2004 Runners upChampions54
2005 ChampionsRunners up17
2006 43Champions8
2007 3ChampionsRunners up6
2008 5ChampionsRunners up4
2009 9ChampionsRunners up6
Titles4451
Results of the 'Big Four' since 2010
Season Rhinoscolours.svg Leeds Rhinos Saintscolours.svg St. Helens Wigancolours.svg Wigan Warriors Wolvescolours.svg Warrington Wolves
2010 4Runners upChampions3
2011 ChampionsRunners up21
2012 Champions31Runners up
2013 35ChampionsRunners up
2014 6ChampionsRunners up5
2015 Champions4Runners up6
2016 94ChampionsRunners up
2017 Champions469
2018 91ChampionsRunners up
2019 8Champions24
Titles4240

Since its formation in 1996 only four teams have won the Super League (Bradford Bulls, Leeds Rhinos, St. Helens and Wigan Warriors). Also, only a total of eight teams have taken part in the Grand Final (Hull FC, Castleford, Warrington Wolves, and Salford Red Devils, being the other four). Seven different teams have 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 nine 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 since its inception.

In comparison, in the same period, 12 different teams have won the Australasian National Rugby League competition and 15 different teams have appeared in the Grand Final.

Licensing

Between 2009 and 2014 teams had to apply for a licence to play in Super League, this also meant there was no automatic promotion between 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 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 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

Most of the teams that have competed in it have been in its heartlands of the M62 Corridor between Yorkshire and Lancashire. Catalans Dragons and the Toronto Wolfpack are the only teams currently playing in Super League who are outside its traditional headland in the North of England, and are considered a success compared to teams such as the North Wales Crusaders.

Expansion was a key policy of the Rugby Football League when 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 now compete as Newcastle Thunder.

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 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 had also been granted access to League 1. Toronto Wolfpack began to play in the 2017 season, eventually qualifying for the 2020 Super League season, and take the number of expansion clubs to 11 (out of 40 clubs). This also means that teams taking part in the top 3 divisions come from 4 countries and 2 continents.

Media coverage

Television

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 games in both 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.

DurationBroadcaster
1996–2021 Sky Sports

Detailed Sky coverage

Highlights

In addition to Sky Sports' live coverage, BBC Sport broadcast a weekly highlights programme called the 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 1 on Monday nights (after 11pm) and is repeated nationally on BBC 2 on Tuesday afternoons. [33] A national repeat was first broadcast overnight during the week since February 2008 when the then 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 is also available for streaming or download using the BBC iPlayer in the UK.

Highlights programmeDurationBroadcaster
Super League Show 1999–Present BBC

International

Internationally Super League is shown live by eight different broadcasters in eight different countries and regions.

Country/ RegionBroadcaster
Middle East OSN
North Africa
Flag of France.svg  France beIn Sports
Flag of New Zealand.svg  New Zealand Sky Sport
Māori Television
Flag of the United States.svg  United States Fox Soccer Plus
Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg  Canada Sportsnet World
TSN (Toronto Home Games Only)
Flag of Brazil.svg  Brazil BandSports
Flag of Russia.svg  Russia NTV+
Balkans Sportklub
Flag of Australia (converted).svg  Australia Fox League

Radio

Talksport is an official broadcaster of Super League, broadcasting commentaries and magazine programming on Talksport 2. BBC Radio 5 Live Sports Extra covers more than 70 Super League games through 5 Live Rugby League each Thursday and Friday night. [34] 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 website at http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p02nrtxd/episodes/downloads.

Super League is also covered extensively by BBC Local Radio:

StationArea
BBC Radio Humberside Hull
BBC Radio Leeds West Yorkshire
BBC Radio Manchester Salford, Wigan and Warrington.
BBC Radio Merseyside St Helens, Warrington and Widnes.

The competition is also covered on commercial radio stations:

All Super League commentaries on any station are available via the particular stations on-line streaming.

Internet

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 have also been available live online via Livestation everywhere in the world excluding the US, Puerto Rico, UK, Ireland, France, Monaco, Australia and New Zealand. [35] In 2016 Livestation shut down, however these matches are also available online for UK users only through Sky Go and Now TV.

In the United Kingdom, a number of commercial radio stations, along with BBC Radio 5 Live Sports Extra and the local BBC radio stations simulcast commentary of Super League games on the internet. Additionally, the 5 Live Rugby League podcast is available to download each week from the BBC website at http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p02nrtxd/episodes/downloads.

See also

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