You may not be an aficionado of rugby league, but that doesn’t mean you can’t ace your mates with a few key insights. Leeds Rhinos skipper Kevin Sinfield tells you everything you need to know for the 2015 season.
1. Promotion and relegation from Super League is back in 2015, ensuring every minute of every match will matter.
Kevin says: “I like the new system. Ultimately we want the best competition, so that every game matters. Better competition should have an impact on our national team too, allowing us to compete at international level. It will certainly be interesting to see what impact it has. It should be a great 2015.”
2. Now in its 20th season, Super League is really on the up. Last season saw both record ticket sales and TV audiences.
Kevin says: “It’s important we keep making strides. There’s so much competition for attention out there, so we’ve got to continue to offer the best product we can. We’re drawing big audiences to our key events – World Club Challenges, Grand Finals – and we need to keep building on that and make the most of the interest in the sport.”
3. This could be the most competitive Super League season ever – the top six were separated by just six points last time around.
Kevin says: “It’s a very level playing field. I expect it to be a very tough year. The last one was the most difficult ever and the standard keeps getting better year on year. The usual suspects are going to be there, but everybody’s recruiting really well and you don’t know what people will have done pre-season. Anyone can win it.”
4. Ignore the pundits and get some money on Leeds.
Kevin says: “We’ll certainly give it our best shot. I’m pretty optimistic. We’ve been written off by journalists, but we’ve got young players who’ve experienced playing in Super League for two years now. They’re certainly training well. We’ve also signed an Australian, Adam Cuthbertson, who’s looked very, very good in training. I’m looking forward to playing alongside him.”
5. Those little badges on the lapels of coaches and pundits are Prostate Cancer UK’s ‘man of men’. It’s part of a two-year partnership with Rugby League Cares (the charitable arm of the RFL) which kicks off this season and loads of activities are planned throughout the year.
Kevin says: “It’s a fantastic message. The key word for me is awareness. It’s far too easy to ignore the signs. Hopefully people realise it’s important to go to the doctor and get checked out. If we can save just one more person’s life then I think we’ve done our job.”
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