Super League (Europe)

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The engage[1] Super League is the top flight competition of rugby league[2][3] in Europe since 1996.

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History

The Super League began in March 1996 with a switch from the traditional winter season to the summer. Currently the competition comprises 27 rounds from February to September with each team playing 27 games. The top six teams in Super League then participate in the playoffs, which culminates in the Grand Final. The Grand Final winners play a game against the top team of the Australasian National Rugby League competition which is known as the World Club Challenge.

Organisation

The Super league is a full time league currently consisting of twelve teams, although fourteen teams were involved in the 1999 season.

Current members

Season rankings

Team Positions[4]
Team 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008
Bradford Bulls 3 1 5 1 3 1 2 1 2 3 4 3
Castleford Tigers 9 10 6 5 5 8 6 8 12 11
Catalan Dragons 12 10
Gateshead Thunder 6
Halifax R.L.F.C[5] 6 7 3 9 8 9 9 12
Harlequins[6] 4 2 7 8 11 6 8 5 10 6 7 9
Huddersfield Giants 12 14 12[7] 12 10 7 8 9 5
Hull FC[8] 9 13 7 3 5 7 3 5 2 4
Hull Kingston Rovers 11
Leeds Rhinos 10 5 2 3 4 5 4 2 1 2 3 2
Leigh Centurions 12
Oldham Bears 8 12
Paris St. Germain 11 11
Salford City Reds[9] 6 11 12 9 10 12 9 9 5 12
Sheffield Eagles 7 8 8 10
St. Helens RFC 1 3 4 2 2 4 1 4 5 1 1 1
Wakefield Trinity Wildcats 11 10 11 11 11 6 10 10 8
Warrington Wolves 5 9 10 7 6 7 10 6 8 4 6 7
Widnes Vikings 7 9 11 11
Wigan Warriors 2 4 1 4 1 2 3 3 4 7 8 6
Workington Town 12
Games played 22 22 23 30 28 28 28 28 28 28 28 27 27

Notes & references

  1. Trading name of engage Mutual Assurance, the league sponsors.
  2. Rugby League official web site
  3. Rugby League official site
  4. Super League Satistics
  5. Known as Halifax Blue Sox 1996-2000
  6. London Broncos to 2005
  7. Merged with Sheffield Eagles to form Huddersfield-Sheffield Giants
  8. Hull Sharks 1997-2000
  9. Salford Reds to 1998
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