Adding the extras #2 – Internationals, foundations and best value in Super League

Our weekend look at some of the other stories reaching us from the past seven days.

Want to hear from Serge Betsen? Us neither.

It’s international season – not just in league, but in rugby union too. That means our inbox is inundated by clueless London marketing agencies trying to get links and stories on our site to justify their ridiculously inflated charges, without realising that we are a different code of rugby. This week, the RFL’s now former (we think) PR agency, Frank, got in touch with a pile of quotes from decorated former France rugby union international Serge Betsen. In case you were wondering, he thought England would beat the All Blacks, Danny Cipriani is amongst Europe’s best players and Phil Vickery was the toughest player he played against. Oh, and Freddie Flintoff thinks Ireland are the second best team in the world via a separate PR we received this week.

The best value in Super League?

With Premier League football to contend with at the same ground, Huddersfield Giants have had to create even better value season tickets than they already had. They’re currently pushing their 2019 offers, which work out at just £9.93 per home game (£139 for the season) for adults. They offered free entry for one game last season – it remains to be seen whether continuing to discount the price results in an increase in attendances.

Hornets growing the game

Rochdale Hornets Foundation continues its fine work to spread the gospel with their Junior Hornets training sessions now running at Heywood Sports Village every Tuesday night (5-6pm) for children aged between 8 and 11 to learn the basics of rugby league within a safe and fun environment. They also visited Caldershaw School recently for their first ever rugby league session, while a first girls only training session was held at Matthew Moss High School. The Hornets have now had coaching clinics with 300 girls all over Rochdale. Keep up the good work!

New trustees at Salford Foundation

The Salford Red Devils Foundation has added Paul King and Michael Burke to its board of trustees. King is a director on the club’s holding board and has been a fan of the club since 1973. Burke is a Sports Producer at the BBC and has more than 13 years experience working in television and media. He will be aiming to increase the profile of the foundation.

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