When people think of Rugby League, they tend to think of the NRL, the premier competition in Australia. But the English Rugby Super League is one of the most competitive and popular professional sports leagues in the world, and each year, teams from across England compete for the title of top dog. But what do you need to know about the tournament?
Well, look no further. We have everything you need right here. We’ll be looking at the most
successful clubs, the best rivalries, and the greatest players ever. Here, you will find the full
history of the Super League and the clubs that have come to define it.
The reigning champions are currently St Helen’s. They have won the Super League Grand Final in each of the last four seasons, most recently defeating Leeds Rhinos 24-12 back in
September in front of 60,000 fans at Old Trafford, home of Manchester United Football Club.
Online bookmaker Bovada, which provides Rugby League and Rugby Union odds, have made the Saints the favorites to make it five in a row next term.
The History of the Super League
The Super League was founded in 1996, with 12 outfits competing in the inaugural season.
Since then, the number of teams has fluctuated, with a current total of 14 sides competing. The competition is fierce, and every year, teams battle it out for the trophy. But which sides have achieved the most success over the years?
When it comes to the most successful teams in the Super League, two names immediately
come to mind: Leeds Rhinos and Wigan Warriors.
Leeds Rhinos have been one of the most consistent clubs in the Super League, winning the title a total of 11 times since 1996. They have also won the Challenge Cup 14 times, and the World Club Challenge three times.
Wigan Warriors have also been one of the most successful teams in the Super League, winning the title five times since 1996. They have also won the Challenge Cup a record 20 times and the World Club Challenge four times. No English club has won the biggest prize in club Rugby League more than Wigan, and only Australia’s finest, namely the Sydney Roosters, has claimed the honour more times (5).
In recent years, however, St Helen’s are by far and away the most dominant team in the
country. As mentioned, they have claimed the Super League in each of the last four seasons and in total, are the record winners, lifting the trophy on no less than ten separate occasions.
They have also won the Challenge Cup 13 times, as well as twice winning the World Club
The Biggest Rivalries
Rivalries are an important part of the spectacle, and over the years, some of the biggest
matches have taken place between teams from different parts of the country. The most famous rivalry is between Leeds Rhinos and Wigan Warriors, who have played each other in some of the most memorable matches in the history of the Super League.
The rivalry between St Helens and Wigan Warriors is another big one, with the two teams
meeting in some of the biggest matches in the country. Similarly, the rivalry between Leeds
Rhinos and Bradford Bulls is one of the most intense, and the matches between the two
Yorkshire teams are always hotly contested. That rivalry has cooled off somewhat in recent
years, however, following the Bulls’ liquidation in 2017.
The Greatest Players of All Time
The Super League has seen some of the greatest players of all time. Names like Sam Burgess, Sean O’Loughlin, Kevin Sinfield, and Jamie Peacock are all legendary and these players have all achieved success with their respective sides.
Other players that have made an impact in the Super League over the years include James
Roby, Danny McGuire, and Adrian Morley. These players have all contributed to the success of their teams and the league itself. They will be remembered for their individual and collective achievements.
Over the past two decades plus, teams from across the country have competed for the title of top dog, and the rivalry between sides has only intensified.
From Leeds Rhinos and Wigan Warriors to St Helens and Warrington Wolves, the teams that have achieved the most success in the Super League are clear. They have all won multiple titles and cup competitions, and they have all contributed to the history of the competition.
The Super League has also seen some of the greatest players of all time. Players like Sam
Burgess, Sean O’Loughlin, and Kevin Sinfield have all made a huge impact, and their names will forever be remembered by fans and players alike.
The Super League has come a long way since its inception in 1996, and the teams, players,
and rivalries that have come to define it are sure to remain for years to come.