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1995–96 Rugby Football League season

The 1995–96 Rugby Football League season was the 101st ever season of rugby league football. Eleven English teams competed from August 1995 until January 1996 for the Stones Bitter Centenary Championship. The season was kept brief to accommodate the first season of the new Super League competition which would see top-level rugby league in the UK changed to a summer sport. It was also punctuated by the 1995 World Cup which took place in Britain throughout October. The 1996 Challenge Cup rounds started immediately after the Centenary Championship and the final was played in summer, during Super League I.

1995–96 Rugby Football League season
LeagueStones Bitter Centenary Championship
Duration20 Rounds
Teams11
Highest attendance19,526
Wigan vs St. Helens (26 Dec 95)
Lowest attendance761
London Broncos vs Sheffield Eagles (17 Dec 95)
Broadcast partnersUnited Kingdom Sky Sports
1995–96 Season
ChampionsWigancolours.svg Wigan
Top point-scorer(s)Saintscolours.svg Bobbie Goulding (285)
Top try-scorer(s)Wigancolours.svg Martin Offiah (28)
HKRcolours.svg David Plange (28)
New franchise
Awarded toÎle-de-France Paris Saint-Germain
First Division
ChampionsRedscolours.svg Salford
Second Division
ChampionsHKRcolours.svg Hull Kingston Rovers
Seasons

Contents

Season summaryEdit

ChampionshipEdit

LeagueRFL Championship
Duration20 Matches
Teams11
Champions  Wigan Warriors
Title17th

The top ten teams from the previous season plus the London Broncos competed for the Stones Bitter Centenary League Championship. For the seventh consecutive season, Wigan were crowned League Champions after finishing the season on top of the ladder. No teams were promoted or relegated.

Team Pld W D L PF PA PD Pts
1   Wigan 20 18 0 2 810 316 +494 36
2   Leeds 20 14 0 6 552 405 +147 28
3   Halifax 20 12 1 7 456 463 -7 25
4   St. Helens 20 12 0 8 732 508 +224 24
5   Sheffield Eagles 20 10 0 10 482 528 -46 20
6   Castleford 20 9 1 10 448 566 -118 19
7   Bradford Northern 20 8 0 12 418 476 -58 16
8   Oldham 20 8 0 12 382 535 -153 16
9   Warrington 20 7 0 13 443 514 -71 14
10 London Broncos 20 7 0 13 466 585 -119 14
11   Workington Town 20 4 0 16 317 610 -293 8
Champions

First DivisionEdit

LeagueFirst Division
Duration20 matches
Teams11
Champions  Salford Reds
Team Pld W D L PF PA Pts
1 Salford Reds 20 17 1 2 661 278 35
2 Keighley Cougars 20 13 2 5 491 255 28
3 Widnes 20 13 1 6 475 334 27
4 Hull 20 11 0 9 571 420 22
5 Featherstone Rovers 20 11 0 9 420 431 22
6 Whitehaven 20 10 2 8 345 435 22
7 Wakefield Trinity 20 10 0 10 346 422 20
8 Rochdale Hornets 20 8 1 11 365 483 17
9 Huddersfield 20 6 0 14 395 485 14
10 Batley 20 5 1 14 302 492 11
11 Dewsbury 20 2 0 18 261 597 4

Second DivisionEdit

LeagueSecond Division
Duration20 matches
Teams11
Champions  Hull Kingston Rovers
Team Pld W D L PF PA Pts
1 Hull Kingston Rovers 20 18 0 2 744 231 36
2 Leigh Centurions 20 16 0 4 592 335 32
3 Hunslet Hawks 20 14 0 6 514 315 28
4 Swinton 20 13 0 7 521 331 26
5 Carlisle 20 12 0 8 600 309 24
6 Ryedale-York 20 10 1 9 442 415 21
7 Bramley 20 9 1 10 400 434 19
8 Barrow Braves 20 6 0 14 342 488 12
9 Chorley Chieftains 20 5 1 14 324 608 11
10 Doncaster Dragons 20 5 0 15 348 646 10
11 Highfield 20 0 1 19 249 964 1

League CupEdit

The League Cup was held for the final time.

StatisticsEdit

The following are the top points scorers in the 1995–96 season.[1]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Fletcher, Raymond; Howes, David. Rothmans Rugby League Yearbook 1997. London: Headline. pp. 163–7. ISBN 978-0-7472-7764-4.

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