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#RFL125 | This week in Rugby League

#RFL125 | This week in Rugby League

This week in Rugby League history has marked some memorable Betfred Super League debuts for two clubs who are still competing in the top tier in 2020.

On 11th February 2006, Catalans Dragons made a winning start to their Super League tenure with a 38-30 victory over Wigan Warriors.

Late tries from Justin Murphy and Ian Hindmarsh proved the difference for the Dragons who sealed a dramatic win at Stade Aimé Giral. Mark Hughes, Laurent Frayssinous, Jamal Fakir, Renaud Guigue were all also on the scoresheet on a memorable evening in Perpignan. 

On 10th February 2007, Hull Kingston Rovers played their first-ever Super League fixture as they earned a 14-9 win over Wakefield Trinity, and again it went down to the wire.

A last-gasp Ben Cockayne try ensured the Robins would take two points in their opening Super League game. Scott Murrell scored Rovers’ other try while Sam Obst grabbed Trinity’s solitary score but two goals and a drop-goal from Jamie Rooney had given Wakefield the advantage. 

Hull KR have spent 13 of the following 14 seasons in Super League.

Also, in this week in Rugby League history, Wests Tigers acquired to stars of the British game with Ellery Hanley and Gareth Ellis both joining the club on 7th February in 1996 and 2008, respectively.

On 10th February 1912, the second-ever Australian touring side left Britain for home having won the Rugby League Ashes Series with two wins and a draw against England. 

The 1911-12 touring Kangaroos side actually lost just five matches from a 35-game tour. These losses came against Wigan (7-2), Oldham (14-8), Huddersfield (21-7), Barrow (13-5) and England (5-3). 

Did you know: 

February 5: In 1936, at the Australian Sub-Committee, it was decided that travelling by boat would be best, and were against flying during the tour, most likely due to the enormous price it had attached to it back in the 1930s.

February 6: In 1900, the Challenge Cup Sub-Committee was formed, to govern everything concerning Challenge Cup ties, from reported players and drawn matches to the production of medals. 

February 7: In 1922, the Rugby Football League turned down a request from Hull FC to host a Ladies’ Association Football game at The Boulevard. Women’s Association Football was banned by the Football Association and the Rugby Football League decided to respect that stance. 

February 8: In 1910, the Rugby Football League acceded to a request from Dewsbury Rams to restore amateur status to play ‘W. Hodson’, who had a change of heart after signing professional forms with the Yorkshire club before playing a game. 

February 9: In 1939, a plan was proposed to buy land and create a playing field with a pavilion in York for amateur teams to use. 

February 10: In 1912, the second touring Australia team left Britain for home, taking the Rugby League Ashes back with them. They won two and drew one of the three-match Test series and lost only five games in a 35-game tour. 

February 11: In 1937, the Rugby Football League reported that the room rate for a hotel booking for the Challenge Cup final had been miscommunicated. The hotel had quoted 10 shillings and sixpence (52.5p) per person per day, but the actual rate was 22 shillings and sixpence (£1.12.5p).

Born on this Day:

February 5: Brad Fittler (Former Australia International), Michael Maguire (Former Wigan Warriors Head Coach), Remí Casty (Catalans Dragons), Jordan Abdull (Hull Kingston Rovers), Lee Kershaw (Wakefield Trinity)

February 6: David Hulme (Former Great Britain International), David Furner (Former Australia International), Danny Buderus (Former Australia International) 

February 7: Brad Mackay (Former Australia International), Nigel Vagana (Former New Zealand International), Cyrille Gossard (Former France International), Ben Murdoch-Masila (Warrington Wolves and Tonga International), Chris Atkin (Hull Kingston Rovers) 

February 8: Chris Arkwright (Former Great Britain International), Daniel Vidot (Former Samoa International), Ed Chamberlain (Salford Red Devils and Ireland International)

February 9: Thomas Woods (Former England International), Phil Economidis (Former Great Britain International), Sean Rutgerson (Former South Africa International), MacGraff Leuluai (Widnes Vikings), Marc Sneyd (Salford Red Devils), Tom Holdroyd (Leeds Rhinos)

February 10: Henry Paul (Former New Zealand International), Iafeta Palea’aesina (Former New Zealand International), Greg Bird (Former Australia International), Daryl Clark (Warrington Wolves and England International) 

February 11: Owen Farnworth (Widnes Vikings)