The delayed Rugby League World Cup will bring down the curtain on 2022 when someone will be crowned world champions. However, the journey to that feat has already started all around the world in the major domestic competitions.
France, the current world number one ranked nation is the deepest into its season. They have just completed Round 6 of their championship. Dragons Handi, the team representing the Catalans Dragons, sit at the top of the table, four points ahead of Montauban Handisport.
The senior competition features six clubs playing 10 rounds and then semi-finals and a Grand Final in May. This is supported by two groups of Elite 2 who play in an east and west before coming together for a combined finals event.
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Australia was due to complete Round 3 in New South Wales at the weekend, however the terrible weather put paid to all of that activity. The senior division, NSW Cup featuring St George, Parramatta and Wests is currently led by the Dragons (could be a theme emerging here). The NSW Plate features, Panthers, Sea Eagles, Sharks and Bulldogs with the panthers sitting proud at present.
In Queensland, they have their competitions split into three geographical regions North, Central and Southeast.
The UK competition started this last weekend with seven clubs competing in the Super League supported by a further 15 clubs playing in regional divisions. In Round 1 there were victories for some familiar names, Leeds Rhinos, Warrington Wolves and Wigan Warriors.