The greatest achievement that a Championship club can achieve is to have the honour of playing in the top flight of rugby league in this country – the Super League. For some of the teams who have been promoted it is one of the highlights in the respective club’s history, and for others it is the start of a memorable run in Super League.
But as the season is slowly getting underway now and teams are beginning to get a glimpse of what they can expect from their opposition this year, what chances do they have of winning the Grand Final and being promoted?
Below are the current odds to answer that question. Teams who have greater odds than 40/1 will just be listed with their odds next to them.
Featherstone Rovers – 2/1
James Webster is looking to make a big impact with Featherstone this year and these odds definitely reflect this. The squad has been built on very well in the off-season and good things are predicted for the Rovers. Will they finally get their first season in Super League?
Toulouse Olympique- 2/1
The men from France are hot favourites this year to make the Super League a two-French team competition. After trying and failing to gain promotion to the top flight, plus a withdrawal from British rugby altogether in 2012, Toulouse are rumoured to be better than they ever have been. Could 2022 be the season where the Dragons are not the only Frenchmen on the block?
London Broncos- 5/1
A well known team from Super League and the only Championship club in the capital, the Broncos are still a huge threat for promotion this season. Leeds Rhinos great Danny Ward will be hoping that he can steer them to the premier competition once more, and many fans in Super League would be happy to see them back.
Widnes Vikings- 8/1
Another former Super League outfit, the Vikings hope to one day return to the top flight. After a very difficult few years for the team and their supporters, Widnes are similar to a phoenix rising from the ashes and now that the club is stable and safe, they will want to regain some of their former glory which is laced throughout their history.
York City Knights- 8/1
Out of all the teams in the Championship, the Knights have probably received the most media coverage in pre-season. Super League signings, including a clutch of ex-Leeds Rhinos players, have made people take notice and York should be genuine contenders for promotion at the end of the season. It is no surprise that York are quietly fancied to put in a big effort this year.
Bradford Bulls- 12/1
A team who have had the same troubles as Widnes in the past, the Bradford Bulls are also a team who believe they can make it in Super League once more. They have been on a run of good form for the last couple of seasons and coach John Kear has openly said that he wants the Bulls in Super League for 2022. Will moving away from Odsal ignite a new flame within the team, or will they fall under expectation? This season will definitely be a test for the Bulls.
Halifax Panthers- 20/1
With their new re-brand, Halifax are hoping to make the first season known as the Panthers count and to attract further interest from the rugby league world. They have been close to the top of the Championship at the end of the season more often than not in recent years and with Halifax being one of the oldest names in the sport, it would be great to see their efforts pay off this season.
Newcastle Thunder- 40/1
Could they? Could Newcastle have a huge shock up their sleeves for fans this season? As a club who have done their business and their expansion right, Newcastle are in a great position to broaden the game in the north east and to be rewarded further for their efforts. They have built a solid squad that will be hoping to improve on their rapid success. Clear outsiders for promotion, but stranger things have happened.
Below are the remaining clubs and their odds:
Dewsbury Rams- 66/1
Swinton Lions- 66/1
Batley Bulldogs- 80/1
Oldham R.L.F.C- 80/1
Sheffield Eagles- 80/1
Whitehaven R.L.F.C- 100/1