The National Conference League is set to be shown live on the RFL’s Our League app during the 2022 season.
Coverage begins with the Cumbrian derby between Wath Brow Hornets and Egremont Rangers, which will be shown on Easter Saturday, April 16th. It will be the first of ten streamed games which will include the NCL Grand Final – and they’ll all be completely free of charge.
Streamed matches will feature teams from all divisions of the NCL, highlighting the battle for promotion and major trophies by featuring the main challengers.
“This latest initiative from the NCL is being jointly funded by the NCL and the RFL,” explains NCL Chair, Trevor Hunt.
“The OuRLeague App is an ideal platform to showcase the NCL and the exciting brand of Rugby League it provides at every level. Hopefully, we can attract new fans, new players, and even those who feel they may like to become involved in the Community game.
“Easter Saturday is a great day to start – we’ll have had the traditional derbies across the professional game like St Helens v Wigan and the Hull derby on Good Friday, and now fans of Rugby League at all levels will be able to watch a classic Cumbrian NCL derby between Egremont and Wath Brow on Saturday afternoon.
“It is a really exciting opportunity for all to enjoy more wonderful rugby league.”
Nichola Spencer, the RFL’s Head of Membership, said: “We are delighted and excited to work with the NCL on this major expansion in coverage for 2022.
“Our League gives us the opportunity to provide coverage of Rugby League at all levels, from Super League games behind closed doors during the pandemic to regular fixtures from the Betfred Challenge Cup, Women’s Challenge Cup and Women’s Super League.
“We have previously covered NCL Finals Day, most recently from Featherstone last autumn, and it’s great that this year for the first time we’ll be able to offer more than 200,000 Our League members the chance to follow the development of the season with some great games, starting on Easter Saturday.
“All players receive automatic Our League membership when they register as part of the Our League Active participation membership scheme, and for supporters of NCL clubs and general Rugby League fans it’s completely free to join up to Our League to enjoy the coverage: rugby-league.com.ourleague
It comes on the back of an exciting start to the campaign. In the Premier Division Wath Brow Hornets, West Hull and Thatto Heath are currently unbeaten with Oulton Raiders and Kells leading the way in Division One. Crosfields, Normanton Knights and Heworth have won all their games so far in Division Two while East Leeds have racked up 170 points in their three Division Three games so far.
This latest announcement comes on the back of recently agreed partnerships with Rhino Rugby League and O’Neills Sportswear and an enhanced social media profile for the competition.