Super League breaks new boundaries but Folau signing crosses a line | Aaron Bower

Catalans Dragons’ crassness takes the shine off the launch of the new season

Things rarely stand still in rugby league for too long. Super League began amid a blaze of glory in Paris in March 1996 and, on Thursday, the 25th edition of the competition will start in Wigan. It is a sport which seems to be constantly revolving, rather than evolving. But despite all the changes one thing has never altered: rugby league’s insatiable appetite for mainstream media attention.

This year, albeit in slightly unconventional – and in one man’s case, unwanted – circumstances, you suspect the sport finally has its wish. It began with good intentions and positive overtones last week in Leeds, when a newly-rebranded, fresh-feeling Super League launched the 2020 campaign with verve, vigour and, for once in rugby league, widespread positivity.

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