|Super League II|
Leeds Rhinos vs Bradford Bulls (29 July)
Paris Saint-Germain vs Salford Reds (2 July)
|Broadcast partners||Sky Sports|
|Champions|| Bradford Bulls |
1st Super League title
3rd English title
|Premiership winners||Wigan Warriors|
|Man of Steel||James Lowes|
|Top point-scorer(s)||Andrew Farrell (243)|
|Top try-scorer(s)||Nigel Vagana (17)|
|Promotion and relegation|
|Promoted from First Division|| Huddersfield Giants |
|Relegated to First Division||Oldham Bears|
Stones Bitter Super League II was the official name for the year 1997's Super League championship season, the 103rd season of top-level professional rugby league football in Britain, and the second to be played in summer.
Twelve teams were selected to play in the second Super League season, however Salford Reds were promoted into the League, taking the place of relegated Workington Town.
|Challenge Cup Holders|
|Bradford Bulls||Odsal||27,000||Bradford, West Yorkshire|
|Castleford Tigers||Wheldon Road||11,750||Castleford, West Yorkshire|
|Halifax Blue Sox||Thrum Hall||9,832||Halifax, West Yorkshire|
|Leeds Rhinos||Headingley||21,500||Leeds, West Yorkshire|
|London Broncos||The Stoop||11,000||Twickenham, Greater London|
|Oldham Bears||Watersheddings||9,000||Oldham, Greater Manchester|
|Paris Saint-Germain||Sébastien Charléty Stadium||20,000||Paris, France|
|Salford Reds||The Willows||11,363||Salford, Greater Manchester|
|Sheffield Eagles||Don Valley Stadium||25,000||Sheffield, South Yorkshire|
|St. Helens||Knowsley Road||17,500||St Helens, Mersyside|
|Warrington Wolves||Wilderspool||9,200||Warrington, Cheshire|
|Wigan Warriors||Central Park||18,000||Wigan, Greater Manchester|
For this season, the Leeds club added 'Rhinos' to their name for the first time.
During the year a secondary title, known as the Stone's Premiership, was also played for the last time on Sunday 28 September, with the final being contested between Wigan Warriors and St. Helens with Wigan coming out victorious 33-20 after a Harry Sunderland Trophy-winning performance by captain Andy Farrell.
At the end of the season Bradford Bulls were crowned League champions by virtue of finishing the season at the top of the table.
At the end of the 1997 season the Paris Saint-Germain club was dissolved. A post-season Super League Test series between Australia and Great Britain was also held in England.
|7||Halifax Blue Sox||22||8||2||12||524||549||-49||18|
|12||Oldham Bears||22||4||1||17||461||631||-170||9||Relegated to Championship|
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