Cornwall RLFC

Rochdale Hornets

Rochdale Hornets

Ground: Crown Oil Arena (10,000)
Coach: Matt Calland
Captain: Sean Penkywicz
Last season: 7th League 1

Given the talent and experience at the hands of coach Matt Calland, expectations are high at Spotland for 2022.

In what was a disappointing season for the Hornets last year, in which they finished just outside the top six and finished as the lowest ranked heartland club in League 1, Calland will be banking on his star turns to inspire the side.

On paper, Rochdale have to be considered star-studded with former Man of Steel Rangi Chase expected to pull the midfield strings after spending part of last season at West Wales Raiders.

Hooker and captain Sean Penkywicz is another member of Calland’s squad who has been there and got most rugby league t-shirts around while Fuifui Moimoi, despite his advancing years, could still prove a handful in this division at the grand age of 41.

Completing the quartet of household names who will don a Rochdale shirt in 2022 is Greg McNally. The 31-year-old Ireland international, best known for two spells with Leigh, is one of the stand-out full-backs in the competition and will provide Rochdale with serious firepower.

Quick Rochdale facts: 

  • Rochdale are on 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.

Memorial Ground: Round 6; Sunday, May 1; 1.00pm
Crown Oil Arena: Round 19; Sunday, August 14; 1.00pm