The RFL has confirmed that Leeds Rhinos are one of 19 clubs have who have made applications to be awarded three year licences to participate the engage Super League.
The RFL has confirmed that Leeds Rhinos are one of 19 clubs have who have made applications to be awarded three year licences to participate the engage Super League in the 2009, 2010 and 2011 seasons. The 19 applicants are listed below in alphabetical order: Bradford Bulls Catalans Dragons Castleford Tigers Celtic Crusaders Featherstone Rovers Halifax RLFC Huddersfield Giants Harlequins RL Hull FC Hull Kingston Rovers Leeds Rhinos Leigh Centurions Salford City Reds St Helens Toulouse Olympique Warrington Wolves Wakefield Trinity Wildcats Widnes Vikings Wigan Warriors Each club's application will now be assessed in detail by the RFL in the next three months. Clubs will be assessed against the agreed criteria which relate to stadium facilities, playing strength and player development, business performance and marketing and community activity. Each of these areas will be assessed Commenting, the RFL Chief Executive Nigel Wood said, "The engage Super League licensing process has already had a tremendously beneficial effect for the whole sport as clubs have undergone their own searching assessments of their organisations in order to make progress and deliver significant improvements. Wood added, "Licensed clubs who expect to compete in the engage Super League competition will need to demonstrate that they will deliver across all aspects, producing quality teams, containing substantially home produced players in 21st century facilities for supporters to enjoy. Also commenting, the RFL's In-House Lawyer Rod Findlay added, "We thank all those clubs who have made submissions to us and even an initial overview of applications shows that all clubs have invested a great deal of time and resources in their submissions. "The RFL will now carry out an exhaustive assessment of each application using the criteria and methods agreed by the clubs during an extensive consultation period. This process will include detailed financial analysis of all clubs business plans and visits to each club to review their stadium and other facilities "A final decision on the membership of the engage Super League competition will be made by the RFL Board of Directors and the announcement of the clubs admitted to the competition will be made in July of this year."
Papua New Guinea Head Coach Adrian Lam was at Headingley Carnegie on Monday night to watch the Rhinos clash with St Helens as he checked out the venue where the Kumuls will take on World Champions New Zealand on Friday 8th November. Make sure you are there to see this exciting clash by visiting www.rlwc2013.com to book your ticket
We received a lovely email this morning from the dad of a family who attended the St Helens game on Monday night that we would like to share with you because it shows the unique atmosphere you help create here on match nights at Headingley Carnegie.