Sitting just below the Super League, the to teams in the competition battle it out for a place at the top table of the sport in the northern hemisphere whilst teams struggling towards the foot of the table battle to avoid the drop to the League 1 and that makes each and every match hugely important.
Despite all of that and despite the size and history of many of the teams involved in the competition, it can be hugely frustrating for fans to follow all of the latest news from the championship but the great news for all of those waiting to read the latest Championship Rugby headlines is that you can do just that right here on this page.
RFL Championship Breaking News
Here at 13v13, we bring you all of the breaking news stories from the Championship so no matter if you are a fan of one of the clubs participating or a RL fan in general, you can keep up to date with all of the headlines and then simply follow the links provided for the full news story.
Rugby League Championship Latest News Today
With so many stories relating to the competition as a whole and to the clubs involved, it can be difficult to search for all of the latest news stories to have broken today, but we do that searching for you.
The RL Championship has become a truly international competition over the past decade or so but it remains a predominately English competition although clubs from France and Canada have participated in it and have gone on to pick up the title.
The RFL Championship has quickly become a strong competition in its own right and has built a reputation for been one of the most exciting and evenly matched competitions in the sport.
Over the past few years, the league has started to see an influx of international stars appearing from across the globe as more and more teams turn full time professional and attract stars from the NRL and from across the channel in France, amongst other leagues and locations.
The competition features a mix of traditional clubs based in the sports northern England heartlands, expansion clubs and historic clubs joining from abroad.
The winners of the Rugby League Championship, traditionally those club that finishers top of the league part of the season and not the club who wins the play-offs/ grand final, are awarded the Championship Leaders Shield.
The RFL Championship can trace its roots back to the old National League One competition for which was considered was the predecessor of the league.
As the National League One, the competition was founded in 2003 and ran until 2009, with the Championship taking over for the 2010 seaosn so it depends on how you look at it as to whether you believe the competition started in 2003 or 2010.
Of course, a 2nd tier of Rugby League goes back much farther than that in the English pyramid, with the first running of a 2nd tier coming all of the way back in 1902.
From that date, the league only ran intermittently until 1973, when the 2nd tier was firmly established and it has now been run annually ever since.
At the inauguration of the summer era, the league gained promotion and relegation to the Super league and in 1999, it was rebranded to the Northern Ford Premiership due to a first of its kind sponsorship deal.
In 2003, the NFP was reorganised into 2 league which meant the sport had 3 tiers at the professional level and the 2n tier was rebranded as the National League One, with the 3rd tier becoming the National League Three.
In 2009, the league rebranded again as the Championship and after a few years of a split season between a traditional league and the Super 8’s, where high ranking Championship clubs joined with low ranking Super League clubs to form a new league to determine promotion and relegation, the league has been run as a standard league format.
Amongst the clubs to have enjoyed success in the modern era of the 2nd tier have been the Salford Red Devils, Castleford Tigers and Hull Kingston Rovers who have gone onto establish themselves as a top flight team in the Super League as well as the Sheffield Eagles, Toronto Wolfpack, Barrow Raiders, Halifax Panthers, Featherstone Rovers, and Toulouse Olympique but it has been the Leigh Centurions who have been the most successful sides.
The club have often found themselves too good for this competition but not quite up to the level of the Super League and that has made them somewhat of a yo-yo club.
Championship Rugby News Headlines
Although some clubs manage to attract the interest of local media and the biggest stories relating to the competition will be covered by Rugby League press, it can be difficult for fans to find all of the latest news headlines relating to the Championship but now there is a simple and straightforward way to read all of the latest Championship new headlines and that is right here on this page.
Rugby Championship News Update
With stories been updated on a daily basis, it can be difficult to keep up with all that is happening but you can be assured that as soon as there is a news update, we will bring you it.
With a visit to a number of news services and outlets needed to keep up to date with even the biggest news stories related to the 2nd tier, it can be a highly frustrating experience for fans to search the latest news stories and to keep up to date with what is happening but now you read the latest news updates from sources based across the globe right here at 13v13.