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• First Utility Super League

The most exciting era in the history of Rugby League since the sport switched to summer in 1996 will kick off with six fixtures in a new-look First Utility Super League over the weekend of February 5-8 2015.

The sports flagship competition features 12 clubs from next season, when a league structure allowing for the return of promotion and relegation will ensure that every minute of every match in every competition matters.

Super League General Manager Blake Solly said: “2015 is going to be a momentous year, not just for the First Utility Super League but every Rugby League supporter and there is already a huge sense of anticipation ahead of the new season.

“The league structure allows for changes that will bring unprecedented levels of excitement, drama and jeopardy to a game that has an unrivalled ability to deliver world class sporting action.

“Our very own ‘Ryder Cup of Rugby League’, the World Club Series, a fantastic trip to Newcastle for Magic Weekend, the Super 8s, Million Pound Game and, of course, the Grand Final all make for what I am sure will be a compelling year.”

St Helens will begin their defence of the title they famously clinched at Old Trafford last week with a home fixture against Catalans Dragons on Friday February 6 in front of the Sky Sports cameras.

Wigan Warriors, the 2014 runners-up, get the new season underway with the opening televised fixture at Widnes Vikings on Thursday February 5 whilst Challenge Cup holders Leeds Rhinos head to Hull Kingston Rovers in one of four fixtures staged on Sunday February 8.

Elsewhere Castleford Tigers entertain local rivals Wakefield Trinity Wildcats, Huddersfield Giants host Hull FC and Salford Red Devils travel to Warrington Wolves.

Later in the month, Super League’s three top clubs of 2014, St Helens, Wigan Warriors and Warrington Wolves go head to head with NRL sides South Sydney Rabbitohs, Brisbane Broncos and St George-Illawarra in the World Club Series.

Other highlights in the domestic fixture schedule include a tasty East Yorkshire derby at Easter for Hull FC versus Hull KR and Wigan meeting St Helens on Good Friday in a repeat of the 2014 Grand Final.

Magic Weekend 2015 will take place at St James’ Park, Newcastle, where six Round 16 fixtures will be played on Saturday May 30 and Sunday May 31. Full details of the Magic Weekend matches, including ticket availability will be announced on Monday November 17.

The top eight Super League clubs from 2014 will enter the Challenge Cup at the sixth round stage over the weekend of May 17-18, one round later than in previous years; the clubs that finished last season in ninth to 12th places will enter the Cup in Round 5. The 2015 Challenge Cup final will be played at Wembley Stadium on Saturday August 29.

• 2015 Fixtures out Sunday.

The Super League fixtures for the first phase of the 2015 season will be published at 9.00pm on Sunday 19th October 2014.

The new format culminates in a split at mid way through the season, the official graphic on how this new format works is attached to the READ MORE of this story.

• Saints shine on big night at Old Trafford

After one of the most tightly contested super leagues in years and with the dawn of a new era upon the sport, the Saints pulled off an unlikely victory at the theatre of dreams on Saturday.

Following an unbelievable loss of composure by Ben Flowers in the 3rd minute, both teams having chances with only a penalty apiece to separate until Wigan, down to 12 men soldiered to a try by young Joe Burgess just before half time, Matty Smith missing that conversion and another penalty.

• Discounted 2015 Challenge Cup ticket offer

Secure your seat in history with discounted 2015 Challenge Cup ticket offer


Leeds Rhinos and Castleford Tigers cemented its reputation as the sport’s must-see occasion at Wembley Stadium last Saturday when the 2014 Challenge Cup final lived up to all expectations.

On an afternoon of high drama and spectacular action, the Rhinos claimed their first Challenge Cup victory in 15 years to the delight of their supporters in a bumper crowd of 77,914.

• Take the Trip of a Lifetime

It's something that most of us dream of, the trip of a lifetime. A flight to the other side of the world to watch the greatest game.

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.

• Great Grand Final Offer - Half Price Tickets

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.

• RLFANS.COM Shop is Open for Business

We're delighted and excited to tell you that the new RLFANS.COM shop is now open for business!

The shop is stacked full of NRL training gear, NRL & Super League replica shirts, and training equipment from Steeden. This is just the start as we hope to be adding more stock over the coming months including some RLFANS.COM branded items.

You can find the shop at http://shop.rlfans.com or from any RLFANS.COM forum by clicking on the SHOP link on the top of each forum.

• Three Months of Fantasy Winners

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.

• Bumper Crowds for Manchester Magic


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.

• Dining with Legends - 16th May 2014

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.