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Update: Betfred League 1 2025

July 8, 2024

Cornwall RLFC could face new Betfred League 1 opposition in 2025, with three applications being considered by the Rugby Football League (RFL), to join the competition next term.

With both divisions below the Betfred Super League (Championship and League 1) set to comprise of 12 teams for the 2026 campaign, the RFL had invited applicants to join League 1.

And after an encouraging 11 initial expressions of interest, the RFL set a deadline of June 28 for formal applications.

Of those 11 clubs who indicated a desire to join the professional ranks, three formal applications will now be considered by the RFL.

The first applicant is Anglian Vipers who are based in Wymondham, Norfolk, and play in the East Rugby League (ERL) competition.

An application from Southern Conference League outfit Bedford Tigers will be considered and like the Vipers, they also have a team that plays in the ERL.

With the first two applications coming from outside the heartland areas of rugby league, the third side are very much from a traditional 13-player code area.

Goole Vikings, who play in the Yorkshire Men’s League, will join Anglian and Bedford in being considered for Betfred League 1.

The RFL will now undertake visits to the applicants’ home stadium to assess facilities, which will be followed by formal presentations to be held at RFL headquarters, within the Ethiad Campus, Manchester.

A decision on League 1’s newest club will then be expected by the end of September.

With West Wales Raiders ceasing to exist after the 2022 season and London Skolars dropping back to the amateur game last year, a new club coming into the competition will see the number of teams in the competition set to rise in 2025 and 2026.

This will lead to a fluid fixture schedule and a rise in home matches for current competing clubs, whilst removing the need for loop fixtures, which were introduced this year.