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Rugby League originated in 1895 when rugby split into two codes, the other being Rugby Union, after a dispute over payment to players. It is predominantly played in the north of England, certain regions of France, New Zealand, Australia, and also the Pacific Islands.

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2019 Super League table

  1. St Helens 52
  2. Wigan Warriors 36
  3. Salford Red Devils 34
  4. Warrington Wolves 32
  5. Castleford Tigers 30
  6. Hull FC 30
  7. Catalans Dragons 26
  8. Leeds Rhinos 24
  9. Wakefield Trinity 22
  10. Huddersfield Giants 22
  11. Hull KR 20
  12. London Broncos 20

It has been an absolute dominant season from St Helens in Super League XXIV. The Saints lost just three matches over the regular season, with second place Wigan Warriors losing 11 and finishing 16 points behind the leaders.

Wigan and Salford Red Devils grabbed the places in the play-off qualifying final, while Warrington Wolves and Castleford Tigers moved into the play-off elimination final. Castleford just ousting Hull FC on points difference.

The Tigers made the most of that narrow victory by beating the Wolves to set up a semi-final clash with Salford, while St Helens and Wigan will battle it out in the other semi-final.

Rugby League World Cup betting

The next Rugby League World Cup does not roll around until 2021 when it will be hosted in England (Canada and United States hosting the following tournament in 2025). However, it is tough to see any other winner than Australia, even this far out from a ball being kicked. The Aussies have won eight of the last nine World Cups since 1975, with New Zealand’s triumph in 2008 the only break in their stranglehold on the sport.

England finished runners-up in 2017 and with home advantage in 2021, they will be hopeful of causing an upset, but whether they are confident of doing so, is yet to be seen.

How can I turn my free Rugby League bet into winnings?

With the success of the NRL and the Super League betting on rugby league has grown massively in recent years. There are a number of possibilities to bet on from the outright winner of the match to the margin of victory.

A particularly popular market when betting for free on Rugby League is the handicap market where the favourite team starts with a points handicap and you can then select who will win the match with that handicap in place. For previews of upcoming matches and tips on what to bet on keep a weekly eye on

Just to be confusing so-and-sos, the game is officially known as Rugby Football League. The reason for the 1895 split from the Rugby Football Union is constatly argued but it's acknowleged to be over the issue of payments to players. Rugby League's rules gradually changed with the purpose of producing a faster, more entertaining game for spectators and it is frequently cited as the toughest, most physically demanding of team sports.

The game is dominated by the Super League in England and France and the National Rugby League (NRL) in Australia and New Zealand. The pinnacle of the international game is the Rugby League World Cup which is currently held every four or five years and the current holders are Australia who beat New Zealand in the 2013 final at Old Trafford.  

What are the differences to Rugby Union?

Rugby League differs from its Union counterpart in a number of ways, mostly aimed at placing a greater emphasis on creating free flowing and faster action. The most crucial differences are the following;

Number of Players: In Rugby League there are only 13 players in contrast to Union where there are 15.

The breakdown: In Rugby League once a tackle is called play is stopped and the breakdown is uncontested.

Sets of Six: In Rugby League the team in possession of the ball has six tackles, or sets, in order to advance up the pitch or score a try. The referee shouts out what number the tackle count is at and usually on the fifth tackle a team will kick for territory or keep the ball alive as long as possible to score a try. If a sixth tackle is made the ball changes hands and the defending team is given possession.

Scrums: Scrums in Rugby League are almost always uncontested.

How are Rugby League points scored?

There are a number of methods of scoring points in rugby league;

Try – A try is worth 4 points and is awarded when a player places the ball on the try line or past the try line in the in goal area (the area between the try line and the dead ball line). The player must be in control of the ball and there must be sufficient downward pressure for the try to be valid.

Conversion – Once a try is scored the team can that convert the try for an extra 2 points by kicking the ball over the bar and between the two upright posts. The position of where the goal is taken from is dependent on where the try was scored.

Penalty – A team can opt to choose for another set of six tackles when a penalty is awarded but they can also choose to kick a penalty goal for an extra two points if they are within a suitable distance of the goal posts. Again, like a conversion, the kick must go over the bar and between the two upright posts.

Drop Goal - A drop goal is worth 1 point and is awarded when a player makes a successful drop kick from open play between the posts. It is mostly used towards the end of a match when teams are drawing or when a team leads by a try and wants to ensure the other team would then need two tries to win. 

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Make sure you're not a professional rugby league player before you bet! In 2004, St Helens duo Sean Long and Martin Gleeson were fined and banned after being found guilty of betting on their own game with Bradford Bulls. St Helens squad, having already competed in three more high-intensity matches than all the other Super League teams, were struggling to cope and coach Ian Millward was worried about his players becoming fatigued and losing form so he rested eleven first choice players for the clash with defending Super League champions Bradford, effectively playing his reserves and accepting certain defeat.

Knowing that St Helens were set to field a weakened side, Long and Gleeson placed bets on Bradford to win. Gleeson bet £1,000 that Bradford would win by a margin greater than eight points, whilst Long placed a bet of similar value on the Bulls' victory.

True to form, Bradford won 54-8. Long was one of the players left out of the squad but Gleeson was selected by Millward, and actually scored the first try in the game.

They were each fined £7,500 and ordered to pay £2,205 costs. Long was handed a three-month and Gleeson a four-month suspension. A few weeks after receiving the suspension, Gleeson signed for Warrington Wolves for a fee reported at £200,000.

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