Cornwall RLFC

Rochdale Hornets

Rochdale’s Duane Straugheir – SWPix

Ground: Crown Oil Arena (10,000)
Head Coach: Gary Thornton
Captain: Duane Straugheir
Season 2023 finish: 7th League 1

Rochdale missed out on the play-offs and were also the first heartlands rugby league side to have their colours lowered by Cornwall last August.

Over the close-season, Gary Thornton has rebuilt his squad, benefiting from an exodus of players at local rivals Oldham.

Gregg McNally, Martyn Ridyard, Deane Meadows, Luke Nelmes and Emerson Whittel have all swapped Boundary Park for Spotland.

Joe Purcell, a notable Cornish connection in the Hornets’ ranks last year, has departed for Championship side Swinton Lions

Quick Rochdale Facts

  • Rochdale are one of the 22 original founding members of the North Football Union which formed out sport in 1895.
  • Since rugby league moved to a summer sport, Rochdale’s best league finishes came in 2001, 2002, 2003 when the Hornets finished third in what is now known as the Championship.

2024 Fixtures

Crown Oil Arena: Round 8 – Sunday, May 5 (3.00pm)

Memorial Ground: Round 12 – Sunday, June 16 (3.00pm)

Crown Oil Arena: Round 19 – Sunday, August 4 (3.00pm)