24th February 2019, 12:25
2019 RFL Southern Conference fixtures released following London launch
The new Southern Conference League, which will include Welsh sides Cardiff Blue Dragons, Torfaen Tigers and Valley Cougars, was officially launched in Ealing on Saturday before a Super League fixture
between London Broncos and Castleford Tigers – with official confirmation that the inaugural Grand Final will be held at the Aldershot Military Stadium in Hampshire on Saturday September 14.
The competition, which brings together 14 teams from the south of England and Wales, will begin on April 27, and run throughout the summer. Please see the fixtures below.
Representatives from Cardiff attended the launch and their chairman Alf Harvey is looking forward to the season ahead.
"It's been a big weekend for us with three separate events all happening back to back," he said.
"It was great to be at the Southern Conference League launch at London Broncos. Meeting representatives from the participating clubs, and networking and touching base about the season ahead and expectations, just boosted our enthusiasm for the new season.
"We took part in the media activities led by the Our League team and spent some time chatting about our club to Ralph Rimmer who is keen to see our sport grow in Wales."
Cardiff Blue Dragons beat a West Wales Raiders Development side 46-4 on Sunday which gave Harvey even more reason to be optimistic.
He adds: "We were very optimistic after our first pre season win against a West Wales Raiders Development XIII. It allowed us to look at our shape and structure and while a 46-4 win was a great result, the scoreline wasn't as important as the performance and attitude of the squad.
"Now, this Monday sees our junior open training session for u11 to u16 which takes place at Glamorgan Wanderers at 6.30pm. There has been a great deal of interest in our capital club and long may that continue."
Valley Cougars and Torfaen Tigers clash in 2018.
The Southern Conference League launch was attended by Brian Barwick and Ralph Rimmer, chairman and chief executive of the Rugby Football League, and also Jon Wells, the Castleford director of rugby and Sky Sports pundit, who retains a soft spot for the game in the south after his years as a player in London.
“We’re excited about this new competition, and the response it’s already received from the teams involved,” said Rimmer.
“It will provide a higher and more regular level of competition for the leading players and clubs across the south of England and Wales.
“You only have to look at the amount of southern and Welsh talent in the squads of both the Broncos and Castleford to see how important it is for the game in this country that we continue to provide these opportunities – and another of the priorities for the SCL will be encouraging the clubs to look beyond their senior teams, and to encourage more children to take up the game.
“The Military Stadium in Aldershot will be a fitting stage for the inaugural Grand Final and we’re grateful to the continued support for Rugby League from the Armed Forces for making that possible.
“We’re also grateful to everyone at the Broncos for embracing the launch of the SCL, as another positive story for the game in the south to coincide with their return to the Super League this season.”
The East and West Divisions will run until August 17, the weekend before Coral Challenge Cup Final day at Wembley Stadium on August 24.
The SCL will pause for the Wembley weekend before resuming with quarter finals on August 31 pitting the top four in the East Division against the top four from the West, followed by semi finals on September 7 and then the climax in Aldershot.
Southern Conference League Fixtures (default kick-off time 2.30pm)
|Date||Home Team||Away Team|
|April 27||All Golds||Bye|
|April 27||Swindon St George||Valley Cougars|
|April 27||Cardiff Blue Dragons||Torfaen Tigers|
|May 4||Torfaen Tigers||Swindon St George|
|May 4||Valley Cougars||All Golds|
|May 4||Bye||Cardiff Blue Dragons|
|May 11||All Golds||Torfaen Tigers|
|May 11||Swindon St George||Cardiff Blue Dragons|
|May 11||Bye||Valley Cougars|
|May 18||Torfaen Tigers||Valley Cougars|
|May 18||Swindon St George||Bye|
|May 18||Cardiff Blue Dragons||All Golds|
|June 1||All Golds||Swindon St George|
|June 1||Valley Cougars||Cardiff Blue Dragons|
|June 1||Bye||Torfaen Tigers|
|June 8||Bye||All Golds|
|June 8||Valley Cougars||Swindon St George|
|June 8||Torfaen Tigers||Cardiff Blue Dragons|
|June 15||Swindon St George||Torfaen Tigers|
|June 15||All Golds||Valley Cougars|
|June 15||Cardiff Blue Dragons||Bye|
|June 22||Torfaen Tigers||All Golds|
|June 22||Cardiff Blue Dragons||Swindon St George|
|June 22||Valley Cougars||Bye|
|July 6||Valley Cougars||Torfaen Tigers|
|July 6||Bye||Swindon St George|
|July 6||All Golds||Cardiff Blue Dragons|
|July 13||Swindon St George||All Golds|
|July 13||Cardiff Blue Dragons||Valley Cougars|
|July 13||Torfaen Tigers||Bye|
|July 20||All Golds||Cardiff Blue Dragons|
|July 20||Valley Cougars||Bye|
|July 20||Swindon St George||Torfaen Tigers|
|July 27||Torfaen Tigers||All Golds|
|July 27||Swindon St George||Valley Cougars|
|July 27||Bye||Cardiff Blue Dragons|
|August 3||Valley Cougars||All Golds|
|August 3||Torfaen Tigers||Cardiff Blue Dragons|
|August 3||Bye||Swindon St George|
|August 10||Valley Cougars||Torfaen Tigers|
|August 10||All Golds||Bye|
|August 10||Cardiff Blue Dragons||Swindon St George|
|August 17||All Golds||Swindon St George|
|August 17||Torfaen Tigers||Bye|
|August 17||Cardiff Blue Dragons||Valley Cougars|
East Fixtures (loop fixtures following round 9 to be confirmed after each side has played each other once)
|Round||Home Team||Away Team|
|April 27||Bedford Tigers||Bye|
|April 27||Hammersmith Hills Hoists||North Herts Crusaders|
|April 27||Wests Warriors||Eastern Rhinos|
|April 27||Hemel Stags||London Chargers|
|April 27||South London Silverbacks||Brixton Bulls|
|May 4||North Herts Crusaders||Bedford Tigers|
|May 4||Eastern Rhinos||Hemel Stags|
|May 11||Brixton Bulls||Hemel Stags|
|May 11||London Chargers||Wests Warriors|
|May 11||Eastern Rhinos||Hammersmith Hills Hoists|
|May 11||Bye||South London Silverbacks|
|May 18||Bedford Tigers||Eastern Rhinos|
|May 18||Hammersmith Hills Hoists||London Chargers|
|May 18||Wests Warriors||Brixton Bulls|
|May 18||Hemel Stags||South London Silverbacks|
|May 18||Bye||North Herts Crusaders|
|June 1||Brixton Bulls||Hammersmith Hills Hoists|
|June 1||London Chargers||Bedford Tigers|
|June 1||Eastern Rhinos||North Herts Crusaders|
|June 1||Hemel Stags||Bye|
|June 1||South London Silverbacks||Wests Warriors|
|June 8||Bedford Tigers||Brixton Bulls|
|June 8||Hammersmith Hills Hoists||South London Silverbacks|
|June 8||Wests Warriors||Hemel Stags|
|June 8||North Herts Crusaders||London Chargers|
|June 8||Bye||Eastern Rhinos|
|June 15||Bedford Tigers||Hemel Stags|
|June 15||Hammersmith Hills Hoists||Wests Warriors|
|June 15||Eastern Rhinos||Brixton Bulls|
|June 15||North Herts Crusaders||South London Silverbacks|
|June 15||Bye||London Chargers|
|June 22||Brixton Bulls||North Herts Crusaders|
|June 22||London Chargers||Eastern Rhinos|
|June 22||Wests Warriors||Bye|
|June 22||Hemel Stags||Hammersmith Hills Hoists|
|June 22||South London Silverbacks||Bedford Tigers|
|June 29||Brixton Bulls||London Chargers|
|June 29||Hammersmith Hills Hoists||Bye|
|June 29||Wests Warriors||Bedford Tigers|
|June 29||Hemel Stags||North Herts Crusaders|
|June 29||South London Silverbacks||Eastern Rhinos|
|July 6||Bedford Tigers||Hammersmith Hills Hoists|
|July 6||London Chargers||South London Silverbacks|
|July 6||North Herts Crusaders||Wests Warriors|
|July 6||Bye||Brixton Bulls|