Hemel to play in Championship 1
Dave Hadfield was a schoolboy convert to rugby league, the game which, one way or another, has dominated his life ever since. After working for newspapers in Shropshire and Blackpool (where he covered the fortunes of Blackpool Borough) he travelled the world, working mainly in Hong Kong and Sydney. He became The Independent's rugby league man in 1990 and has written five books on the game and broadcast extensively for Sky and the BBC. Dave played his last game at the age of 53 and would have set up a try if anyone could have been bothered supporting his break. When not writing about the sport, he now limits himself to a bit of tick and pass with his local club, the Bolton Mets. Family includes supporters - of varying degrees of dedication - of Salford, Wigan, Sheffield Eagles and St George Illawarra.
Wednesday 22 February 2012
Hemel Hempstead Stags will play in Championship 1 next year, with Northampton and two other sides from new areas. Bristol and Medway are favourites.
The Rugby Football League's chief operating officer, Ralph Rimmer, said: "This is an exciting day for rugby league."
Hemel have produced a number of professional players, including two current London Broncos, Dan Sarginson and Kieran Dixon.
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