Author: Luke Wallworth

Joint statement: RFL, Super League and clubs discuss future direction

Discussions on the future direction of the game have today been held between the RFL and Super League Europe, and clubs from the Betfred Super League, Championship and League 1. 

Subjects covered included progress towards the realignment of Super League Europe and the RFL, central funding distribution to clubs, and potential competition structures and new competitions to help grow the game commercially.

RFL Chief Executive, Ralph Rimmer, says: “We are all – Super League Europe, clubs and the RFL – focused on the future. All of us involved in these discussions today want the very best for their clubs, players, fans and the whole game.

“The collective approach has been positive and constructive, and there will be further consultation with clubs in the coming days.”

SLE Interim Chairman, Ken Davy, adds: “The emphasis of today’s meeting was to provide a platform for discussion on several key areas of the sport, which can be the catalyst to drive the game forward in the coming years.

“The whole game approach to these discussions is testament to the importance placed on ensuring we deliver a compelling, long-lasting structure for the whole sport.

“The next two years are absolutely vital for the sport. We need to continue to make Rugby League an attractive sport to supporters, broadcasters, viewers and commercial partners.

“Ultimately, this sport is about the players on the pitch, and the excitement and drama they create.“

Super League and the RFL will make a further announcement as consultations with clubs progress.

Red Devils and Kappa partnership comes to an end

The Red Devils’ partnership with Kappa, which has run for three seasons, will finish at the end of the current 2021 season.

During their time as our partner, Kappa supplied kit for two historic cup final appearances. The club would like to wish Kappa our thanks for the partnership.

In alignment with the Kappa agreement, 2021 will also see the club’s retail partnership with Wild Thang end.

Salford Red Devils Commercial Director, George Harborne, said: “We are grateful for the support that Kappa and Wild Thang have shown the club since the 2019 season. They have been valuable partners for the club and we wish them both well in their future projects in rugby league.”

Kappa UK Rugby & Teamwear lead, Craig Miller, added: “Kappa have been extremely proud to partner with Salford Red Devils over the past 3 seasons, with some great experiences including a Grand Final and a Challenge Cup Final in back-to-back seasons.

I would like to thank all the players, staff and fans for supporting the brand during our partnership and wish you all the very best for the future on and off the pitch.”

Wild Thang Director, John Howarth, commented: “We have loved playing a part in the recent success of Salford Red Devils with an Old Trafford and Wembley appearance, plus being the bench wear and half time entertainment sponsors.

“We are proud to have helped the club’s retail business grow and hope that the club continues to progress on the field, to go a step further and give the loyal fans some silverware that their commitment to the club deserves.”

A further announcement on plans for the 2022 season will be made soon.

INFORMATION ON TICKETS FOR UPCOMING FIXTURES

The last 18 months has been an incredibly challenging period for the club and although we expected by now to be back to some sort of normality with the return to crowds, we are still facing huge obstacles working around the pandemic.

For all of 2020 we avoided an outbreak and despite rigorous testing and significant restrictions on behaviour this year, we have unfortunately found ourselves in a situation, twice, where we have been unable to compete due to the protocols we have to adhere to.

The cost of holding the Wakefield game at Warrington and the loss of the Hull KR game have had a detrimental damage on the club’s finances and seriously impacts cashflow and prevents us from moving as swiftly as we had hoped in other areas of the business.

We understand as season ticket holders that the changes in fixture dates and places can be very frustrating. We too share that frustration and just wanted to assure you all we are doing our utmost to play every game to the best of our ability and we thank you for your understanding.

We hope to reschedule the games we have missed for later on in the season and we will keep you all informed as to when we will expect to confirm them. This in turn though could mean other fixtures will need to shift to accommodate them, with a suitable turnaround period in between matches.

Overall, with the continued efforts in the vaccination program and lessening of social distancing restrictions, we seem to be quite near the finish line in overcoming this dreadful pandemic.

We hope our players, staff and anyone else out there suffering with COVID-19 have a speedy recovery as our focus looks to Huddersfield Giants on the 15th August and the return of former head coach Ian Watson to the AJ Bell Stadium.

Huddersfield tickets are now on sale and can be purchased for the West and South stands from £20 per adult. Ticket prices will increase on the day, so we encourage anyone to buy early! Now that crowds are unrestricted, it’s a perfect opportunity to catch up with friends and family.

We would urge you to encourage all to come down for the Huddersfield game, to ensure we continue to move in the right direction as a club and come out of this closer as a community and stronger in our efforts to compete at the very top level, on and off the field.

Season ticket holders DO NOT need to apply. Simply show up to the Huddersfield game with either your season ticket card or mobile digital ticket to gain entry.

We have also received an allocation from Leigh Centurions for our away game at Leigh Sports Village on Sunday 22nd August. Our allocation is for the South Stand.

All under 16s must purchase their tickets before the day of the game – they will not be issued on game day nor will there be any cash turnstiles on the day.

Don’t forget, Salford retain 25% commissions on all tickets we sell for away clashes, so go to Event Information ScreenThe Red Devils RLFC (eticketing.co.uk) and purchase yours now.

Alternatively, if you struggle with the online system or you need a wheelchair bay, you can call the ticket office on 0161 786 1570 or email ticketoffice@ajbellstadium.co.uk with your details for a call back.

For anyone that needs to collect from the stadium, the AJ Bell is open between the hours of 10am-4pm, Monday to Friday. Please familiarise yourself with the stadium’s Code of Conduct.

We are also awaiting Wigan tickets to arrive which will go on sale as soon as we have all the details.

In the meantime, stay safe and we simply cannot wait to see you all back at the AJ Bell Stadium very soon!

Hull KR and Wakefield games postponed

Positive Covid tests in the Salford camp mean our next two Betfred Super League fixtures – Thursday’s Round 16 match against Hull Kingston Rovers and the scheduled visit to Wakefield Trinity on Monday 2 August, have been postponed.

Under the RFL’s Covid-19 protocols, a team can apply to postpone a match if seven or more senior players are unavailable as a result of Covid-19 – either through positive tests or as close contacts. Unfortunately, Salford have exceeded this threshold, with 12 players and five members of staff affected.

The club wanted to fulfil these fixtures but current protocols dictate close contacts cannot compete despite negative PCR outcomes.

The postponed fixtures will be added to the list for possible rearrangement, although the Betfred Super League table is to be determined by win points percentage to allow for the possibility of not all fixtures being fulfilled.

For those who bought tickets online for Thursday’s game, you will receive an automatic refund within 10 days. Anyone who has purchased via the ticket office, a member of staff will contact you as soon as possible. Alternatively, you can email ticketoffice@ajbellstadium.co.uk

GOLDLINE DRAW WEEK 17

This week’s lottery results have been revealed, with Martin Shaw claiming the £1000 Jackpot.

Thank you to all lottery members for your ongoing loyalty during these challenging times. If you have any questions, please email: salfordsuperdraw@gmail.com

Below are the results: 

New members are advised to please join via our Direct Debit sign up HERE. Please insert your name in the reference box on the form when signing up.

Direct debit options
Monthly:
1 – £4.34 per month
2 – £8.68 per month
Quarterly:
1 – £13 per quarter
2 – £26 per quarter

Contact SalfordSuperDraw@gmail.com for more information, or to subscribe to get the weekly results direct to your email inbox.

Red Devils fans can also show their support during 2021 by signing up to the club’s video subscription service RDTV.

MATCH REPORT | LEEDS RHINOS 38-16 SALFORD RED DEVILS | FRIDAY 23RD JULY 2021

Despite a positive end to the game for Marshall’s men, Salford Red Devils fell to a 38-16 defeat away to Leeds Rhinos tonight in Round 15 of the Betfred Super League.

Three tries in the first forty from the hosts made it 20-0 at the break, and although the Red Devils responded in the second half, they could not quite hold off the Leeds attack.

Harry Newman was first on the scoreboard after seven minutes, going over in the left corner after some quick hands from Leeds’ left edge.

The hosts exploited Salford’s right edge again minutes later but this time it was Kruise Leeming who grounded the ball down the left.

Leeds received a penalty in the 23rd minute after Seb Ikahihifo was penalised for a dangerous tackle, and the Rhinos opted for the two – Rhyse Martin converting.

Leeming doubled his try tally just after the half-hour mark, strolling over behind the sticks.

Halftime: Leeds Rhinos 20-0 Salford Red Devils

Salford started the second forty a lot better than they started the first, getting themselves on the scoreboard in the 47th minute after Morgan Escare fed Ken Sio to dive over down the right wing.

Minutes later, poor discipline punished Salford again after Lolohea and Ikahihifo both were sin-binned.

The next ten minutes saw Callum Mclelland and King Vuniyayawa score for Leeds, before the Red Devils were back on the scoreboard once more.

Sio ran almost the entire length of the field but a pursuing wave of Leeds players meant he was forced to kick the ball into the direction of Lolohea, who was first to the loose ball to go over in the right corner.

Leeds captain Matt Prior scurried over the line to the left of the sticks in the 74th minute but it was Salford who scored the last try of the evening, Inu powering over. Richard Myler saw yellow with three minutes to go, but he and his teammates took the two points at the final hooter.

Fulltime: Leeds Rhinos 20-0 Salford Red Devils

Leeds Rhinos: Myler, Briscoe, Hurrell, Newman, Handley, Sutcliffe, Mclelland, Prior, Leeming, Vuniyayawa, Mellor, Martin, O’Connor, Dwyer, Briscoe, Donaldson, Smith, Agar.

Leeds tries: Newman, Leeming (2), Mclelland, Vuniyayawa, Prior

Leeds goals: Martin (6/7)

Salford Red Devils: Escare, Sio, Inu, Livett, Williams, Lolohea, Atkin, Mossop, Ackers, Ormondroyd, Wells, Pauli, Lannon, Hingano, Ikahihifo, Luckley, Roberts.

Salford tries: Sio, Lolohea, Inu

Salford goals: Inu (2/3)

Referee: Ben Thaler

Image credit: Steve McCormick

GOLDLINE DRAW WEEK 16

This week’s lottery results have been revealed, with Stanley Wroe claiming the £1000 Jackpot.

Thank you to all lottery members for your ongoing loyalty during these challenging times. If you have any questions, please email: salfordsuperdraw@gmail.com

Below are the results: 

New members are advised to please join via our Direct Debit sign up HERE. Please insert your name in the reference box on the form when signing up.

Direct debit options
Monthly:
1 – £4.34 per month
2 – £8.68 per month
Quarterly:
1 – £13 per quarter
2 – £26 per quarter

Contact SalfordSuperDraw@gmail.com for more information, or to subscribe to get the weekly results direct to your email inbox.

Red Devils fans can also show their support during 2021 by signing up to the club’s video subscription service RDTV.

TICKETS ON SALE FOR LEEDS AWAY

Our Betfred Super League Round 15 game against Leeds Rhinos at Emerald Headingly Stadium on Friday 23rd July, kick off 7:45pm, is now on sale.

With restrictions now lifted, the game is open for anyone to attend. Tickets can be purchased online. For those that may struggle with the online service, you can email the ticketoffice@ajbellstadium.co.uk with your enquiry and contact number or call 0161 786 1570 and press Option 1. Tickets can also be purchased from the stadium between the hours of 10am – 4pm, any fans entering the stadium are asked to wear a mask.

The last time Salford fans attending a game at Emerald Headingley was on 6th September 2019, when the Red Devils ended a 13-year draught of no wins at Leeds’ ground by beating the Rhinos 20 points to 12.

Ticket prices are below:

Standing:

  • Adult: £24 (£27 on the day)
  • Concession: (senior 65+, students, 17-20, Disabled) £16 (£19 on the day)
  • Junior ST: £5 (£15 on the day)
  • Junior non-ST: £12 (£15 on the day)
  • Under 5s: Do not need a ticket for standing area.

Seating:

  • Adult: £32 (£35 on the day)
  • Concession: (senior 65+, students, 17-20, Disabled) £25 (£28 on the day)
  • Junior ST: £5 (£23 on the day)
  • Junior non-ST: £20 (£23 on the day)
  • Under 5s: £8

Wheelchair users should contact Leeds Direct on 03714231315 or email tickets@leedsrugby.com. Ambulant Disabled supporters need to contact the AJ Bell stadium ticket office as carer tickets are not available online.

Although restrictions have now been lifted, we still advise everyone to follow the guidance set out below by the RFL:

  • Please vaccinate where possible to maximise protection to fellow supporters and members of staff.  Vaccination remains a key priority in the response to the pandemic.
  • Use the Government’s offer of free lateral flow tests; consider taking one before you travel.
  • If travelling via public transport, please adhere to the relevant guidance.
  • Respect the rules of the venue you are attending and check in advance to see what is required.
  • Wear face coverings in busy indoor areas
  • Ensure you are familiar with social distancing restrictions where these apply
  • Treat stewards with respect and respond to their requests.
  • Do not attend if you have symptoms or are in any doubt about your health.

Rugby league fans urged to follow the Wembley template

Today’s fourth step in the UK Government’s Covid roadmap allows for venues returning to full capacity, with no social distancing. 

That means another significant step back to normality for rugby league clubs and fans in this week’s fixtures, starting with the Betfred Women’s Super League match between York City Knights and Wigan Warriors at Odsal tonight – and continuing through the Betfred Super League, Championship, League 1 and the Community Game. 

Throughout the pandemic, the RFL has been working closely with Government and with clubs and other stakeholders – and that has continued in the preparations for Stage 4. 

Karen Moorhouse, the RFL’s Chief Regulatory Officer, said: This week is another big step back to normality for our clubs and fans, and it comes at a positive time for the sport as we reflect on the success of the weekend at Wembley. 

“We have been grateful since the limited return of fans to grounds in recent weeks for the way our clubs and fans have worked together in a responsible manner, and the weekend was a great example of that. 

“To be included in the Government’s Events Research Programme allowed us to welcome a much higher crowd to Wembley than would otherwise have been the case, and the supporters of the four clubs involved – Castleford Tigers, Featherstone Rovers, St Helens and York City Knights – as well as the thousands of neutrals who attend our Challenge Cup Final weekend were a credit to the game. 

“This year that involved providing evidence of either a negative Covid-19 test or of having had a double vaccination to gain entry to the stadium – and while that won’t be required to attend regular league matches this week now we have reached Stage 4, we would still encourage supporters to bear in mind Government guidance where possible. 

“The Government refers to Stage 4 as ‘a new phase of continued caution whilst managing the risks of COVID-19’. We all owe it to each other to be as safe and responsible as possible to restrict the spread of the virus. 

“The same applies to all involved in the Community Game, whether as players or spectators. Again, Stage 4 of the Roadmap involves the removal of a number of restrictions – and again, we are urging clubs and players to implement these changes cautiously and responsibly.” 

Rugby League is joining other sports in requesting supporters to bear the following in mind before attending games: 

·       Do not attend if you have symptoms or are in any doubt about your health. 

·       Please vaccinate where possible to maximise protection to fellow supporters and members of staff.  Vaccination remains a key priority in the response to the pandemic. 

·       Use the Government’s offer of free lateral flow tests; consider taking one before you travel. 

·       If travelling via public transport, please adhere to the relevant guidance. 

·       Respect the rules of the venue you are attending and check in advance to see what is required. 

·       Wear face coverings in busy indoor areas  

·       Ensure you are familiar with social distancing restrictions where these apply  

·       Treat stewards with respect and respond to their requests. 

The RFL is continuing to work with clubs to ensure a safe and welcoming environment for all. 

Salford Red Devils’ next home game comes on Thursday 29 July, when we welcome Hull Kingston Rovers to the AJ Bell Stadium.

Group vaccinations in the Red Devils camp via NHS Salford CCG

With a recent increase in COVID-19 cases in Betfred Super League that has affected several clubs, including the Red Devils, a number of Salford players and staff members received their vaccinations on Tuesday through the NHS Salford CCG’s mobile vaccination clinic. 

Kallum Watkins, Rhys Williams, Jack Ormondroyd, Ryan Lannon and Jack Wells went down to the mobile clinic outside the Lowry in Salford this week, as well as our head of S&C Gareth Whittaker and our head of performance analysis, Chris Nelson. A number of players and staff had already had one or both of their jabs, with more group testing planned with NHS Salford CCG in the near future.

Salford Red Devils doctor Tim Sandels commented: “So I’ve been liaising with Richard Whitehead from the NHS Salford team to organise a squad covid-19 vaccination clinic. It’s been really important to get this done and great we managed it.

“The importance of covid vaccinations in the squad is key at trying to reduce covid-19 illness severity and also to reduce potential transmission within the sporting environment. Everyone involved at the clinic were great and it is brilliant that this first wave of players got their vaccines.

“It will hopefully have a positive impact on the community too to see the city’s only elite level sports club taking the pandemic seriously and getting their athletes vaccinated. We’re all just trying to work together and return to normality.”

Jack Wells is one of the youngest players in the squad this year, and he recognises the importance of getting vaccinated.

The 23-year-old said: “As a young athlete at the beginning of my career, I want to be playing at the top level for as long as I can. However, the risk of long COVID could really have an effect on me, such as cause me to develop long-term respiratory problems.

“That’s why I understand how important it is to get vaccinated, for my own health and also for the health of everyone else who I could transmit it to if I tested positive.

“Everyone seems to talk about how vital it is for the older generation to get their jabs, but it’s just as vital for us younger ones in helping stop the spread of this virus.”

All Salford residents over 18 years old, aged 16/17 years old and have an underlying health condition, or a carer either paid or unpaid can book their Covid-19 vaccine appointments here, or attend a walk-in clinic. NHS Salford Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) shares daily updates and details on walk-in clinics on their social media and their Covid-19 vaccine walk-in page.

The national booking system is also available for anyone to book or manage their appointment.