Rugby League may not quite boast the money and coverage of its union brother in the UK but that should not put you off watching it whenever you can on TV in a pub. The world's most physically demanding team sport is famous for its thrilling pace, huge hits and free scoring nature. Whether your cup of tea is the Super League, something a bit more Antipodean like the NRL or a big international knees ups, there are few things more exciting than settling down in a pub with a pint to watch the most exhilarating oval ball action around. See below for some of our favourite pubs to watch Rugby League in.
Pubs & Bars
Philomena's Irish Sports Bar & Kitchen
Ten screens, four different Sky boxes and a dedication to showing all things played with an oval ball, Philomena's is a godsend for anyone stuck in central London. This friendly family run Irish pub is a firm favourite and will be showing all the action from the NRL and Super League when the season kicks off again.
Belushis Shepherds Bush
A venue that's always popular with London's Antipodean population, Belushi's She-Bu is a real favourite for League fans in the capital. Crucially they're open from 8am, meaning you never have to miss those crucial, if rather anti-socially timed, State of Origin and Four Nations clashes.
The Alex in Clapham is another bar that caters for our pals from down under very well, screening heaps of league on their seven big screens. The sizeable Aussie and Kiwi population in South West London means there are always plenty of people about to catch rugby league on TV in this cracking Irish pub.
This stylish old boozer in the heart of Manchester is a cracking spot. They've got four screens, a rotating cast of fine cask ales, carefully selected bottled lagers from around the world as well as gourmet burgers and hotdogs to chow down on with the game. With this being situated in League's North West heartland, they've often got the rugby on. Well worth a visit!
This long-standing favourite in Headingley is always a hive of activity, no more so than when the Rhinos are playing.