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#RFL125 | This week in Rugby League

#RFL125 | This week in Rugby League

On February 19th 2017, Wigan Warriors famously lifted the World Club Challenge for the fourth time when they overcame NRL Champions Cronulla Sharks. 

The Warriors ran out 22-6 winners at the DW Stadium to become the most successful side in World Club Challenge history; a record which has since been equalled by Australia’s Sydney Roosters.

Joe Burgess was the star of the show scoring a hat-trick in his first game for Wigan since returning from South Sydney. He is one of just three players to cross for a hat-trick in a World Club Challenge alongside Roosters players Michael Jennings and Brett Morris.

Leeds weren’t as fortunate on February 21st 2016 as they fell to a 4-36 defeat to North Queensland Cowboys at Emerald Headingley Stadium.

Rhinos legend Rob Burrow scored Leeds’ only try on a difficult evening. Justin O’Neill notched a double while Lachlan Coote, Kyle Feldt, Kane Linnett, Michael Morgan and Johnathan Thurston were the Cowboys scorers. 

This was North Queensland Cowboys first – and only - World Club Challenge title to date.

On February 24th 2019, Marc Sneyd put his name in the history books once more as he became the first player to ever kick a drop-goal in Golden Point Extra-Time in the Super League.

Hull FC were taken to extra-time against by Wigan Warriors at the DW Stadium before Sneyd notched a memorable drop-goal to earn the Black and Whites two points. 

Did you know? 

February 19: In 1923, the Rugby Football League clarified the terms and conditions concerning grants to clubs for ground improvements following concerns over work done at the Wheater’s Field; home of Broughton Rangers. 

February 20: In 1935, £2 was paid to a player from the Pilkington League after he broke his leg while playing. This league is an example of a league forming between different sections of a factory, such as a team for ‘Plate Works’ and ‘Drawn Flats’. 

February 21: In 2016, North Queensland Cowboys lifted their first – and only – World Club Challenge to date.

February 22: In 1932, Broughton Rangers complained about the dismissal of players during a Challenge Cup tie and claimed they suffered an ‘injustice’. The Rugby Football League secretary responded that the comment was ‘entirely superfluous’.  

February 23: In 2004, Wayne Bennett is appointed as Australia Head Coach.

February 24: In 1946, the full match account for the Wales v England game earlier in the month was published. After costs, included payments to players and officials of £376, the match made a profit of £182.

February 25: In 2019, Rugby League legend Peter Fox passed away, aged 85. Peter spent over 40 years in Rugby League as a player and a coach at club and county level and was added to the Rugby Football League’s Roll of Honour in 2009.

Born on this Day:

February 19: Stuart Littler (Swinton Lions Head Coach), Anthony Thackeray (Sheffield Eagles), Callum Phillips (Whitehaven), Ben Blackmore (Featherstone Rovers), Harry Newman (Leeds Rhinos and England Knights)

February 20: Karl Harrison (Former Great Britain and England International), Daly Cherry-Evans (Manly Sea Eagles and Australia), Greg Johnson (Bradford Bulls and Jamaica), Adam Swift (Leigh Centurions) 

February 21: Keith Mumby (Former Great Britain and England International), Craig Hall (Featherstone Rovers), Will Dagger (Hull Kingston Rovers)

February 22: Chris Riley (Former England Knights International), Rob Lui (Leeds Rhinos), Perry Whiteley (York City Knights) Frazer Morris (Oldham), Caine Barnes (Workington Town) 

February 23: Shaun Briscoe (Former England International), Scott Wheeldon (Sheffield Eagles)

February 24: Gareth Raynor (Former Great Britain and England International), Adam Cuthbertson (Leeds Rhinos), Ben Harrison (Former England and Ireland International), George King (Wakefield Trinity and Ireland) 

February 25: Benji Marshall (Wests Tigers and New Zealand), Aidan Guerra (Newcastle Knights and Italy), Lewis Palfrey (Rochdale Hornets)