Welcome to the new Independent website. We hope you enjoy it and we value your feedback. Please contact us here.

Rugby League

Hemel to play in Championship 1

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.