April Fool’s Day in rugby league: From Leeds forfeit to Shaun Wane clothing range

April Fool's Day in rugby league

It’s that morning of the year where you can try and get away with stupid jokes and lies all in the name of catching people out – April Fool’s day.

Here are some that caught our eye from the world of rugby league.

There’s only 21 Phil Hodgsons!

Clearly a joke this one, but a relatively humourous one from Hunslet – who have two Phil Hodgsons in their ranks.

In honour of their media man and finance director who share the same name, the club announced all the playing squad had changed their name by deed poll.

That led to a few social media posts and even a press release with their 21-man squad.

Even opponents Oldham got involved, tweeting: “We need to get into that Phil Hodgson on Sunday then, looks a dangerous player.”

Leeds by example

Brave one from Bradford, who decided to announce a third kit in colours of arch rivals Leeds.

“Inspired by our friends down the M62 and in celebration of the Summer Bash’s inaugural year at the Emerald Headingley Stadium – we are delighted to reveal our Limited Edition Third Shirt!

“The Blue and Amber jersey – complete with blue shorts and blue socks – pays homage to the Leeds Rhinos.”

Not sure anyone took the bait.

Shaun Wane clothing?!

Yes, you read that right.

No, it’s not happening.

England Rugby League sucked in their mailing list with the teasing subject line: “NEW | Shaun Wane retail range”

On opening, they quickly revealed the truth. Nice way of trying to flog the last load of outdated England shirts ahead of the World Cup, though.

Coach’s playing return

Oldham ‘revealed’ that coach Stuart Littler was to return as a player.

Based on their form so far in 2022, it might not be a bad idea.

April Fool's day in rugby league

He ‘said’: “I still think I can do a job & I’ve got my fitness up the last few weeks have decided to play again.”

It was of course a joke though. We would have liked to see him wearing shirt 3a.

Leeds forfeit

This was a good one, that even Leeds fans themselves will have enjoyed.

The RL Banter Page mocked up a tweet as if from the official Leeds account, stating that they’d forfeit the game against St Helens and take the 48-0 penalty.

April's Fool Day in rugby league

Scarcely believable, but daft enough in the current context to make at least some people think, really?!

This one might spring up again tomorrow should Leeds lose by more than 48 tonight (they won’t though, surely?)

Did you see any other rugby league April Fool’s? What’s the best one you can remember? Let us know in the comments below.


Some real news from April 1

Why Toulouse are paying for away travel costs in Super League

Whitehaven want cup crowd to come back and boost Cumbrian hopes

TV boost for World Cup, plus updates on Emirates and tickets

About James Gordon 7043 Articles
Love Rugby League editor. Founded the website back in 2005. Worked with a range of clubs and sponsors during that time. Also commentates for BBC.

1 Comment

  1. There was an hysterical early April Fool in the Wigan vs Hull FC match last night, the referee, but why he didn’t wear the Hull KR shirt we sent him is a mystery, their away kit isn’t a clash.

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