Written by Craig Halstead
The middle week-end of April was a very busy one for sport – the Grand National, the FA Cup semi- finals and the entry of all fourteen Engage Super League clubs into the 2012 Carnegie Challenge Cup competition! The Challenge Cup is undoubtedly Rugby League’s most enduring and traditionally exciting tournament, not least because of the prize that all RL players covet….a chance to showcase their talents at the home of British sport – Wembley Stadium.
History tells us that professional Rugby League is a sport rooted in the North of England – and although the London Broncos (newly named this year after a spell as Harlequins Rugby League), the valiant London Skolars and two semi-professional clubs in Wales do magnificent jobs in spreading the gospel – it is still true today that the game professionally tends to span the M62 corridor. It is little wonder then that RL players treat the opportunity of contesting the Challenge Cup Final in the south of England, in our country’s capital city and at a magnificent stadium like Wembley as the highlight of their season.