The Albert Goldthorpe Medal is an award that has been created by Rugby Leaguer & League Express to honour the leading players in Super League. The game was popular amongst working class people, unlike the clubs in Southern England whose players belonged to the middle or upper class. The BBC covers the Rugby League Challenge Cup from the rounds in which the top clubs enter with the final attracting over 4 million viewers. The All-Party Parliamentary Rugby League Group was formed in 1987 to support the sport of rugby league and tackle the key issues facing the game in Parliament. They are not affiliated to the RFL or BARLA.. It has subsequently been replaced by a series of regional leagues across England, Scotland and Wales. In Nederland wordt rugby league gespeeld vanaf eind jaren tachtig. The Regal Trophy and BBC2 Floodlit Trophy were two other knock-out tournaments. Rugby league nines is the more common form of the shortened version of the game. One of the prime vehicles for expansion has been the Rugby League Conference, a set of competitions for clubs in those development areas. Great Britain took part in the 1954, 1957, 1960, 1968, 1970, 1972, 1977, 1985–1988 and 1989–1992 World Cups. Wales became represented in the Championships starting in 2010 with the entry of South Wales Scorpions into League 1 and North Wales Crusaders in 2012. This was followed by a tour of Britain by New Zealand in 1907. These are, London Broncos, London Skolars and Hemel Stags.  They also became the first UK sporting organisation to make the top 100 employers in the Stonewall Index that measures attitudes towards lesbian, gay and bisexual staff. BARLA selects an international team consisting of amateur players, the BARLA Lions. BBC Radio Five Live and BBC Five Live Sports Extra carry commentary from a selection of Super League matches each week, while BBC local radio also broadcasts throughout the season. The Rugby League Challenge Cup remains as a knock-out competition, though entry has now been expanded to make it a pan-European tournament bringing in teams from France, Canada and the rest of the UK; Russian teams have previously featured. Wembley is also the venue of the Challenge Cup Final, and Old Trafford the venue of the Super League Grand Final. On 5 April 1904, England played their first game, losing 9–3 to Other Nationalities in a 12-a-side match at Wigan. This opened up the possibility of expanding the game into areas where it had never been played before as it allowed rugby league clubs to groundshare with rugby union clubs and for union players to try out the other code without fear of persecution. The boom had begun to subside by the early 1960s; rugby league now had to compete against television and other new forms of entertainment and attendances began to fall. In 1997 the Rugby Football League launched a thirteen-point action plan aimed at tackling racism and encouraging the development of rugby league in Asian and black communities. Sky also hold the rights to show the Rugby League Tri-Nations live, whilst highlights are shown on BBC Sport. A Trans-Pennine Cup was played for a short-time but it was replaced by the National League Cup. It is the only full-time professional rugby league competition operating in the Northern Hemisphere. Ladies Who League.  At the beginning of the 2006 season there were between thirty and forty female-only rugby league clubs running in England, not including clubs that have teams of both sexes. Toulouse Olympique of France played in the Championship in the past, and returned to the British league system in 2016, initially playing in League 1 and now in the Championship. The play was recently revived on stage with England rugby union star Gareth Chilcott in the Gary Olsen role. Learn about North America's premier professional rugby league. Each constituent body organises its own competitions at unit and formation level. There has also been an England A and England "Lionhearts team selected since 2002. , During the Second World War professional rugby league was again discontinued, normal leagues were suspended, a War Emergency League was established, with clubs playing separate Yorkshire and Lancashire sections to reduce the need for travel.. The winner of the Super League plays the winner of the Australian NRL competition in the World Club Challenge. Several attempts were made to expand the game outside the heartlands, a Southern Amateur Rugby League being formed in 1949, however only Cumberland and southern areas of the West Riding of Yorkshire proved receptive with teams being founded in Workington, Whitehaven and Doncaster. Attendances fell even further in the 1970s. As a comedy set in the north of England that features a bunch of losers, it has been compared to The Full Monty and Brassed Off. It won the Laurence Olivier Award for Best New Comedy that same year. , Rugby league continued to be played throughout the 1914–15 season, however, the loss of players to the First World War, a government ban on professionalism and reduced attendances forced all major competitions to be replaced by regional competitions. The 1982 Kangaroos won all their tour games for first time ever, they became known as "The Invincibles". Trinity Tales or The Road to Wembley, loosely based on Geoffrey Chaucer's Canterbury Tales, was performed by the Birmingham Repertory Theatre Company in 1975. Players under the age of 21 years are eligible to play for the senior academy, the rules also permit three players over the age of 21 to play in academy matches. Please update this article to reflect recent events or newly available information. Rugby league experienced a surge in interest following the end of the Second World War. British Amateur Rugby League Association runs the Gilette National Youth League as well as the Yorkshire combination, Hull Youth and Junior and London Junior League. It does not include French teams currently playing in the British rugby league system. The Millennium Stadium, Murrayfield, Etihad Stadium, St James' Park, and Anfield have all be used to host the event. Players up to and including Year 6 of Primary School play mod league. The MORI Sports Tracker consistently reports that rugby league interests around 15% of British adults. They compete against Wales A, Scotland A "Bravehearts" and Ireland A "Wolfhounds" each year in the Amateur Four Nations competition. , The Rugby League Conference was founded in 1998 with the aim of providing regular fixtures for new clubs based outside the 'heartland' of rugby league. The 1973 Broadway production, directed by Michael Rudman, won several awards including the New York Drama Critics' Circle award for Best Play and the Tony Award for Best Featured Actor for John Lithgow. The England A team is selected from up and coming players who are not yet ready for selection in the Great Britain team. The series was revived again in 2001 before being abandoned in 2003.  This was the time when the gap between English and Australian rugby league became apparent and has never been fully closed.