Members of Parliament have welcomed plans for the Rugby League World Cup 2021. 

Yesterday (18 April), MPs and Peers had the opportunity to meet with tournament organisers in the Palace of Westminster, learn more about the men’s, women’s and wheelchair tournaments which will be staged together for the first time across England, and find out how to get involved with the host bid process. 

The applicant stage of the host bid process opened at the start of January 2018, and aspirant hosts have until the end of July 2018 to submit their application. In August, compliant submissions will be invited to the candidate stage that runs through until December 2018. Successful hosts will be announced in early 2019.

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It is Ladbroke’s Challenge Cup weekend as the four sides from Super League who took part in the middle eights last season join the knockout party with potential banana skins aplenty for the unwary or unprepared. The Catalans Dragons, Warrington Wolves, Hull KR and Widnes Vikings are all in action, along with the twelve sides who have survived the earlier rounds.

The Cup means a reduced round twelve of Super League with just four games as last season’s Super Eights teams use up their game in hand. Nonetheless there are some interesting looking games as the Airlie Birds entertain the Rhinos, the Warriors are at home to the Tigers and Trinity travel to the Red Devils. The remaining game pits St Helens against the Giants with only one likely outcome.

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Six games over three days in the Betfred Championship same some big scoring, some close games and a shrinking of the gap at the top of the table into what is looking increasingly like a seven horse race for the top four places.

Rochdale and London played on Friday night, Batley Bulldogs entertained Toulouse on Saturday afternoon while the remaining games were played out on Sunday.

Leigh went on the road to Sheffield, Halifax were at home to Swinton, Toronto were at Dewsbury as they get close to the end of their ‘on  the road’ games while Featherstone had the trip up to Barrow.

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After Toulouse’s shock heavy defeat at Batley Bulldogs yesterday the Toronto Wolfpack came into this afternoons game with the Dewsbury Rams knowing that a win would take them three points clear at the top of the table.

Dewsbury are currently eighth in the Betfred Championship and running out of games to make the all important top four. Neil Kelly knew that his side desperately needed a win but the pundits and bookies couldn’t see past the Wolfpack. For them it was just a matter of how big the margin would be.

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Just one point seprated the Wigan Warriors in second and the Leeds Rhinos in fourth coming into tonights game at Headingley. The Rhinos would be up to second with a win, but the bookies slightly favoured the visitors.

Wigan hadn’t won at Headingley since 2012 but had every intention of putting an end to that losing sequence and maintaining the pressure on St Helens at the top of the table.

The Rhinos welcomed back Adam Cuthbertson, Joel Moon, Anthony Mullally, and Brett Delaney to the side who left it late to beat Wakefield Trinity last weekend. Shaun Wane also juggled his side a little, with Ben Flower missing and replaced in the starting line up by Romaine Navarette, after their close encounter with the Catalans Dragons in the previous round.

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For the second week running the Widnes Vikings were up against a side from Hull, this time it was FC and the venue was the Select Securities Stadium. Only two places, but four points, separated the two sides and the bookies and pundits fancied the Black and Whites to pick up the two points on the road.

Widnes came into the game having lost three consecutive games while the visitors also lost last week to the league leaders having won both of their games over Easter.

The extensive injuries which forced the Vikings to sign Rhino Jimmy Keinhorst on a months loan earlier today, also saw Dennis Betts make half a dozen changes to the side which lost to the eastern side of Hull a week ago. Hull FC also made a number of changes with Bureta Faraimo, Jake Connor and Josh Bowden in for  Logan, Lane, and Fash.

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After ten rounds of the Betfred Super League the question is whether any side can stop the relentless march of St Helens to the Minor Premiership, Grand Final and Ladbrokes Challenge Cup final, while in the Betfred Championship the other sides are wondering who will be joining Toronto, Toulouse and Featherstone in the Middle Eights come the split.

This weekend there are six Super League matches spread over five days, six Championship games over three days, and seven Championship one fixtures including a fixture reversal between Doncaster and Hemel Stags where Doncaster will host.

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Round ten of the Betfred Championship saw some big scores, a bit of a surprise and a humdinger of a game in the late kick off between the Swinton Lions and the Sheffield Eagles.

There was a Saturday game in the south of France as Toulouse Olympique XIII took on the Barrow Raiders while the remainder of the games took place on Sunday afternoon.

The league leaders going into the weekend, the Toronto Wolfpack, were at Batley to face the Bulldogs, London Broncos looked to make amends for a disappointing Easter as they travelled to Halifax. Featherstone wanted to keep up the pressure on the top two with a home derby against the Dewsbury Rams and Leigh Centurions saw the top four coming into view as they faced Rochdale.

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The slope at Mount Pleasant, the Fox’s Biscuit Stadium, was the venue as seventh placed Batley Bulldogs took on a Toronto Wolfpack who had slipped back to second after Toulouse’s comprehensive win over Barrow Raiders yesterday afternoon.

The Bulldogs made changes with Smeaton, Leak, Rowe, Harrison, and Day into Matt Diskin’s starting line up. Gareth O’Brien was back in the Toronto line up for Laulu-Togagae, with new signing Chase Stanley making his debut, McCrone and Sims were back in the starting in starting line up.

All indications were for a Toronto win but a good home crowd were hopeful that the Bulldogs could halt the marauding Wolfpack.

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The Catalans Dragons were looking for their first back to back win in over twelve months but it was a tough ask against a Wigan side seeking to get their second place back after the Wolves leap-frogged them in the earlier kick-off.

The Dragons are still anchored to the bottom of the league but were boosted by last Mondays win over the Huddersfield Giants. A victory would lift them off the bottom and into tenth and there could be no greater incentive for the home side.

It was a crucial match for both sides.

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After a shaky start to the season, winning just two from their first six games, a superb run of form with four consecutive victories has seen them elevated to third spot in a competitive top half of the table. In contrast it was been poor opening nine rounds for the Salford Red Devils who find themselves in ninth spot with three wins from nine games, but two wins in the last four outings.

Nial Evalds was out for Salford with Mark Flanagan back in the side after missing the defeat at Leeds on Easter Monday. The Wolves had the same starting thirteen that beat Castleford last time out. Ryan Atkins was on the bench in place of the injured ex-Devil Ben Murdoch-Masila.

The pundits were favouring another Warrington win but on a rare apparance in front of the SKY TV cameras would be an extra incentive for the Red Devils.

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The seemingly unstoppable Saints were at home in round ten of Super League 2018 as they entertained Lee Radford’s Hull FC who, revitalised with a large number of returning senior players, were hoping that they would be able to inflict just the second loss on the Saints so far this season.

There was only one change for Saints with the return of Jonny Lomax at full back in the absence of Ben Barba who was ruled out with illness, but Hull made wholesale changes with Houghton, Shaul and Logan all back in the starting line up after missing out last week.

An extra incentive was that the Steve Prescott Cup was up for grabs as the great man was once again remembered by the two clubs he represented during his career.

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The Betfred Super League, Championship and Championship One have twenty games scheduled for the weekend spread over three days starting with league leaders St Helens against Hull FC this evening as Super League asks who can halt Justin Holbrook’s side.

There are three Super League games on Saturday afternoon at Salford, Catalans and Hull KR with Championship action at Toulouse and a Championship One game at London Skolars.

The rest of the programme is played on Sunday afternoon as the jostling for the important positions heads to the mid-way stage in the first part of the season.

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With the Dewsbury/Halifax derby falling victim to the weather, there were five Betfred Championship games played on Easter Monday, the top game being the early afternoon kick off between leaders Toulouse Olympique XIII and the Toronto Wolfpack in the south of France.

There was also much anticipation of the visit of London Broncos to Leigh Centurions with the Broncos looking to overcome their Good Friday defeat to Toulouse which knocked them off the top of the pile. 

Elsewhere Swinton were seeking their first points at Barrow, Featherstone travelled to Rochdale and Batley were on the road to Sheffield to take on the Eagles.

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Chris Thorman, the new interim manager, took his Huddersfield Giants side to the south of France to take on a Catalans Dragons side who are still looking for their second victory of the season. A win for Huddersfield would see them into eighth spot, but a even a big home win wouldn’t be enough for Catalans to end the Easter weekend anywhere but at the foot of the table.

The Giants did brilliantly to share the points with the Leeds Rhinos on Good Friday, against the odds, but the Dragons lost again on the road at Salford Red Devils, as Steve McNamara’s reign of woe continued. Both sides were without key players, noticibly the visitors missing talisman and kicker Danny Brough.

It was a crucial bottom of the table encounter.

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Runaway league leaders Saints were on the road to Widnes for their round nine fixture as they looked to further extend their points lead. But Dennis Betts side had different ideas, hoping that the derby against Wigan would have drained their opposition, and that  they could capitalise.

The home side saw Betts make a number of changes with Rhys Hanbury, Krisnan Inu, Ed Champberlain, and Joe Mellor all missing from the side which lost to Warrington on Good Friday. Theo Fages was back for Saints, replacing Jonny Lomax, while Matty Smith had a place on the bench for Justin Holbrook’s side.

Conditions were awful, which side would cope best.

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Top against second in the Betfred Championship, as Toulouse Olympique XIII welcomed the Toronto Wolfpack to the Stade Ernest Argeles. Todays winners would be top of the pile at the end of the Easter fixtures, a draw would leave Toulouse one point clear at the top.

Both sides came into the game on the back of great results on Good Friday, Toulouse having inflicted London Broncos first defeat of the season while Toronto scored well against Featherstone at Post Office Road.

Toulouse were without Marguerite and Barthau (injured), replaced by the skipper Planas and Bentley, moving into the half-back role from loose-forward. There was no O’Brien (concussion), or Stanley (rested) for Toronto with McCrone and Sims both being replaced in the staring line-up.

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Easter Monday has a full programme of Betfred Super League and the Betfred Championship fixtures with the re-arranged Ladbrokes Challenge Cup game between Hunlet and Bradford Bulls also taking place.

The first Super League game kicks-off at 13:30 as Castleford Tigers take on the Warrington Wolves, the same time as the top of the table clash between Toulouse and Toronto gets under way in the Championship. 

SKY are broadcasting two Super League games with Widnes Vikings looking to stop the relentless march of St Helens and the Catalans Dragons seeking a second 2018 victory at home against the Huddersfield Giants.

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Third played fourth in the Betfred Championship as the Toronto Wolfpack breezed into Post Office Road to take on Featherstone Rovers. The spoils for the winners of todays match would be second place in a very competitive top four.

Chase Stanley was making his debut for the visitors after being released by the Canterbury Bulldogs and a number of ex-Featherstone players were making a return including Richard Whiting and Jack Bussey. 

The Wolfpack struggled to get to Featherstone from their Manchester base due to motorway issues and only arrived at the ground an hour before kick-off but Paul Rowley would have had the time to get his side focussed for kick-off.

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The top two had a date at the Totally Wicked Stadium for the latest chapter in the games oldest and original derby as St Helens took on the old enemy, the Wigan Warriors.

Wigan are currently sat in second place and knew that a fourteen point victory would see them end the opening set of Easter fixtures sat atop the table but Justin Holbrook knew that a victory for his side would see them four points clear at the top.

Wigan were without Sam Tomkins, a late withdrawal with a virus, who was replaced by Morgan Escare who wasn’t named in the original squad while Saints made just one change with Ryan Morgan replacing Adam Swift after missing the last six games.

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