THE Rugby Football League and Betfred have agreed a new two-year extensions to the title sponsorships of the Championship, League One and the Women’s Super League.

In addition, Betfred have extended their partnership with the RFL to include the Wheelchair Super League – matching the sponsorship of the Men’s, Women’s and Wheelchair Challenge Cups which was extended earlier this year.

Ralph Rimmer, the RFL chief executive expressed his delight at the deal

He said: “This is another great boost for the Betfred Championship, League One, Women’s Super League and now Wheelchair Super League competitions.

“Betfred broke new ground for rugby league when they became the first sponsors for the Women’s Super League in 2019, and now they are doing the same with the Wheelchair Super League.

“Both competitions are going from strength to strength in terms of quality on the field and profile off it, and the prospects for 2022 are so exciting with all the players having a home World Cup as their focus.

“The Betfred Championship and League One have also resumed in 2021 after the disruption caused by the pandemic and it’s been great to see the clubs in both competitions getting back to what they do best, at the heart of their communities.

“As title partners, Betfred work enthusiastically and creatively with the RFL and our clubs to promote the competitions, so we’re delighted to extend that partnership until at least the end of 2023.”

Betfred boss Fred Done added: “Following the recent extension of the Betfred Super League and the Betfred Challenge Cup agreements, I am delighted to be able announce similar extensions to our Championship, League One and Women’s Super League agreements.

"I am especially pleased that we are now able to include a two-year sponsorship of the Wheelchair Super League for the first time.

“We have built up a tremendous relationship with the sport of rugby league and look forward to working together for at least another two years.”

As part of the partnership, the RFL and Betfred will support the “Gamble Responsibly” campaign, which is to be promoted across the game.

Elsewhere, York City Knights will travel to Workington in the Beftred Championship next year after their 36-12 League One play-off final victory over Doncaster at Derwent Park.

There will however be no trip to the south of France for the Knights as Toulouse Olympique secured a first ever campaign in Super League in 2022 by convincingly defeating Featherstone Rovers 34-12 in the Million Pound Game at the Stade Ernest Wallon.