2013 in rugby league

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Top-level rugby league in 2013 centred on Australasia's 2013 NRL season and Europe's Super League XVIII. High-profile representative competitions included the 2013 Rugby League World Cup (held in Wales and England) and the 2013 State of Origin series.

January[edit]

18: Jon Mannah, former player for Parramatta and Cronulla dies of Hodgkin's lymphoma at the age of 23.[1]
25: Rugby Football League announce rule changes to apply to 2013 seasons of Super League, Championship, Championship 1, Challenge Cup and Northern Rail Cup[2]
31: Marwan Koukash completes takeover of Salford City Reds[3]

February[edit]

22: Melbourne Storm win the 2013 World Club Challenge after beating Leeds Rhinos 18-14 at Headingley Carnegie Stadium[4]

March[edit]

April[edit]

19: The 2013 ANZAC Test is played, with Australia defeating New Zealand 32-12 before 25,628 at Canberra Stadium.[5]
20: The Inaugural Pacific Rugby League International is played, with Tonga defeating Samoa 36-4 before 10,143 at Sydney's Centrebet Stadium.[6]
29: A rising North Queensland Cowboys star, Alex Elisala dies after turning off his life support at Mackay Base Hospital.[7]

May[edit]

14: Salford City Reds announce they will change their name to the Salford Red Devils for the 2014 season.[8]

June[edit]

14: England beat The Exiles 30-10 in the International Origin match at Halliwell Jones Stadium in Warrington[9]

July[edit]

13: Australia beat New Zealand 32-22 in Armed Forces Rugby League World Cup Final in Colchester.
13: France beat England 42-40 in Wheelchair Rugby League World Cup Final in Gillingham.
14: Australia beat New Zealand 22-12 in the Women's World Cup Final at Headingley Carnegie Stadium in Leeds[10]
14: Australia beat Fiji 18-16 in Police Rugby League World Cup Final at Headingley.
14: Australia beat England 26-16 in Tertiary Student Rugby League World Cup Final at Headingley.
20: Leigh Centurions beat Sheffield Eagles 43-28 in Northern Rail Cup Final at The Shay in Halifax, West Yorkshire, winning the trophy for the fourth time in 10 years.[11]
20: North Wales Crusaders beat London Skolars 42-24 in inaugural Northern Rail Bowl final at The Shay.[12]
28: Graham Murray, former player and coach dies of a heart attack at the age of 58.[13]

August[edit]

24: Wigan Warriors win the 2013 Challenge Cup Final at Wembley Stadium, winning the competition for a record 19th time[14]
28: Brothers Sam, Luke, Thomas and George Burgess become the first set of four brothers since 1911 to play together in the same rugby league team when they take the field for the South Sydney Rabbitohs.[15]
28: York City Knights are relegated from Championship[16]

September[edit]

1: Featherstone Rovers beat Hunslet Hawks to win 2013 RFL Championship League Leaders' Shield, and relegate Hunslet to Championship 1.[17]
1: North Wales Crusaders beat South Wales Scorpions to be crowned champions of 2013 Championship 1[18]
1: Huddersfield Giants win first ever Super League League Leaders' Shield and finish top of the table in the top division for the first time in 81 years.[19]
22: Warrington Wolves choose Huddersfield Giants in the Club Call for the 2013 Super League playoffs.[20]
23: Wigan Warriors's fullback Sam Tomkins signs for New Zealand Warriors for 2014 season for a world-record fee, reportedly a fee of £700,000.[21][22]
24: Hull F.C.'s head coach Peter Gentle leaves the club after two years in charge, following 76-18 playoff defeat to Huddersfield[23]
25: Hull F.C. appoint former player Lee Radford as new head coach replacing Peter Gentle.[24] Radford becomes youngest current manager in Super League
26: England's Gareth Ellis retires from international rugby league a month before the 2013 Rugby League World Cup[25]
29: Rochdale Hornets beat local rivals Oldham Roughyeds 32-18 in 2013 Championship 1 playoff final at Leigh Sports Village[26]

October[edit]

6: The Sydney Roosters beat the Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles 26-18 in the 2013 NRL Grand Final.

26: The 2013 Rugby League World Cup opening ceremony and two games are held.[27]

November[edit]

December[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Massoud, Josh (18 January 2013). "Parramatta player Jon Mannah has passed away after battle with Hodgkin's Lymphoma". The Daily Telegraph. News Limited. Retrieved 18 January 2013. 
  2. ^ "Rule changes for 2013 confirmed". Rugby Football League. 25 January 2013. Retrieved 29 September 2013. 
  3. ^ "Salford City Reds: Dr Marwan Koukash completes takeover". BBC Sport. 31 January 2013. Retrieved 29 September 2013. 
  4. ^ "World Club Challenge: Leeds Rhinos 14-18 Melbourne Storm". BBC Sport. 22 February 2013. Retrieved 29 September 2013. 
  5. ^ "2013 Anzac Test (VB Test)". nzrl.co.nz. New Zealand Rugby League. Retrieved 23 July 2013. 
  6. ^ "Tonga smashes Samoa in a chaotic league Test shutout at Penrith's Centrebet Stadium". FOX Sports. 2013-04-20. Retrieved 2015-08-28. 
  7. ^ "New Zealand-born NRL player Elisala dies". stuff.co.nz. 2013-04-29. Retrieved 2015-08-28. 
  8. ^ "Salford City Reds to be known as Salford Red Devils from 2014". BBC Sport. 14 May 2013. Retrieved 29 September 2013. 
  9. ^ Fletcher, Paul (14 June 2013). "England v Exiles: England claim easy victory". BBC Sport. Retrieved 29 September 2013. 
  10. ^ "WOMEN'S FINAL: AUSTRALIA 22 - 12 NZ". Women's Rugby League. 15 July 2013. Retrieved 29 September 2013. 
  11. ^ "Leigh beat Sheffield Eagles to lift the Northern Rail Cup for the fourth time in 10 years". Sky Sports. 20 July 2013. Retrieved 29 September 2013. 
  12. ^ "North Wales Crusaders win Northern Rail Bowl". Love Rugby League. 20 July 2013. Retrieved 29 September 2013. 
  13. ^ Walter, Brad (29 July 2013). "Graham Murray dead after life support switched off". The Sydney Morning Herald. Fairfax Media. Retrieved 29 July 2013. 
  14. ^ "Challenge Cup final: Hull FC 0-16 Wigan Warriors". BBC Sport. 24 August 2013. Retrieved 29 September 2013. 
  15. ^ Baxter, Trevor (30 August 2013). "Rugby league history as FOUR English brothers star for Russell Crowe's side". Daily Mirror. Retrieved 7 September 2013. 
  16. ^ Martini, Peter (28 August 2013). "York City Knights on a downer after Doncaster defeat confirms relegation from Kingstone Press Championship". The York Press. Retrieved 29 September 2013. 
  17. ^ "Hunslet Hawks 8 Featherstone Rovers 46: Featherstone crowned winners again as Hunslet suffer relegation". Yorkshire Post. 2 September 2013. Retrieved 29 September 2013. 
  18. ^ "Crusaders win Welsh derby to claim promotion". Wales Online. 1 September 2013. Retrieved 29 September 2013. 
  19. ^ "Huddersfield Giants finish top of Super League for the first time in 81 years after thrashing of Wakefield". Daily Telegraph. 1 September 2013. Retrieved 29 September 2013. 
  20. ^ "Club Call: Warrington pick Huddersfield for play-off semi-final". BBC Sport. 22 September 2013. Retrieved 29 September 2013. 
  21. ^ "Sam Tomkins: Wigan star joins NZ Warriors for world-record fee". BBC Sport. 23 September 2013. Retrieved 29 September 2013. 
  22. ^ "Sam Tomkins to join New Zealand Warriors from Wigan Warriors for world record fee". Sky Sports. 24 September 2013. Retrieved 29 September 2013. 
  23. ^ "Peter Gentle: Hull FC part company with head coach". BBC Sport. 24 September 2013. Retrieved 29 September 2013. 
  24. ^ "Hull FC appoint Lee Radford as Peter Gentle's replacement". BBC Sport. 25 September 2013. Retrieved 29 September 2013. 
  25. ^ "Gareth Ellis: England forward quits ahead of World Cup". BBC Sport. 26 September 2013. Retrieved 29 September 2013. 
  26. ^ "OLDHAM RLFC 18-32 ROCHDALE HORNETS". Rugby League Championships. 29 September 2013. Retrieved 29 September 2013. 
  27. ^ "Rugby League World Cup: Opening ceremony in Cardiff an 'electric' start". WalesOnline. 2014-10-27. Retrieved 2015-08-28. 
  28. ^ "New members of Hall of Fame inducted at RL Cares Dinner". therfl.co.uk. 4 November 2013. Retrieved 5 December 2013. 
  29. ^ Walter, Brad (28 November 2013). "Sonny Bill Williams in tears after being named player of year". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 6 December 2013. 
  30. ^ Fletcher, Paul (1 December 2013). "Rugby League World Cup 2013: A joy that must not be wasted". BBC News. Retrieved 1 December 2013.