As Garry Schofield points out in his Pulling No Punches column, we are still waiting for answers regarding the larger vision for the direction Rugby League is going in the long term.
But the finer details of the next twelve months, culminating with the World Cup between October 15 and November 19, continue to unravel.
Further preseason games are confirmed following the release of the Super League schedules, which begins when St Helens hosts the Catalans Dragons in a rehearsal of the Grand Final on February 10, the Championship (with Leigh against Whitehaven for the first time on January 29) and Ligue 1, which begins on March 26, when the London Skolars host Hunslet.
Hopefully the disturbing omicron variant of Covid, which threatens to pose all kinds of problems for rugby union and its two European competitions the Champions Cup and the Challenge Cup, will then be more under control.
And with the code 15 reminiscent of what’s to come in Ligue 1 with a Sunday afternoon championship showdown between Cornish Pirates and Doncaster (the former were winners 26-7 at Penzance), hopefully the most The recent semi-professional Rugby League club, based 24 miles along the road in Penryn, will have settled down by the time they bow out with a trip to the North Wales Crusaders on April 2.
Perhaps judiciously, given that they have yet to announce their squad or coach details (check out the Ligue 1 news on pages 16 and 17 for the latest news on what’s going on in the game. West Country) Cornwall has decided not to participate in the 2022 Cup Challenge.
But a competition that had been truncated this year has returned to normal with the return of community clubs, including the Edinburgh Eagles (see our story opposite) and service teams.
And the draws for the first and second rounds will take place on December 14 at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, which will host the final and the 1895 Doubles Cup final on May 28.
Long before that, next month in fact, our Rugby League World magazine will be back after an absence of almost two years due to the ripple effects of the pandemic.
This is great news for League Publications Limited as we have been missing out on producing the glossy publication each month and hopefully our highly regarded readers who can read more on page three.
And don’t forget that the new edition of our popular annual Rugby League Yearbook is now available. It would make an ideal Christmas present!
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