Rugby League

Sir Lindsay Hoyle looking to boost military's rugby league presence during time as RFL President

Watch: Sir Lindsay Hoyle looking to boost military's rugby league presence during time as RFL President.

The new President of the Rugby Football League is hoping for more military involvement in rugby league during his tenure.

Sir Lindsay Hoyle, who is also the Speaker of the House of Commons, took over the RFL President role from Claire Balding for 2023.

He's hoping his appointment could give military teams, players and officials a boost in the sport.

"It's that connection to the Armed Forces," he said.

"Until 1994, the Armed Forces didn't play rugby league and now they play. They play in the Challenge Cup!

"The Navy did so well last time, although I'm hoping the Army can do as well this time.

"[I'll do] whatever I can do to help support and promote those links between our serving personnel and rugby league because, in the end, it's the best game in the world."

Rugby league has already received a military boost for the 2023 season after it was revealed that three Army players have signed for Super League champions, Leeds Rhinos.

Meanwhile, the three service teams will start their Challenge Cup campaign in the first round on 11 February.

Details of their fixtures in the first and second-round draw can be found here.