Huddersfield Giants play in the Super League competition and they play their home games at the John Smith's Stadium which is shared with Huddersfield Town F.C. Huddersfield is also one of the original twenty-two rugby clubs that formed the Northern Rugby Football Union in 1895, making them one of the world's first rugby league teams.
They play in a distinctive strip of a claret shirt with thin gold hoops, claret shorts and claret and gold hooped sock and have a trophy haul of 7 Championships and 6 Challenge Cups. Huddersfield are historically one of the most successful clubs in Rugby League.
Leeds Rhinos have enjoyed success over recent years having won 9 Championships including 6 since in the Super League era. The Club boasts a star studded squad with many international players. The Rhinos call Headingley Carnegie Stadium home, which is a ten minute bus ride from Leeds City Centre. The Rhinos' massive rivals are local Bradford Bulls, and with Castleford, Huddersfield and Wakefield other West Yorkshire opponents, local derbies are never far away.
The club were founded Leeds St Johns in 1870 and changed its name to Leeds in 1890. In 1895 Leeds was one of the original twenty-two rugby clubs that broke away from the establishment and formed what is now the Rugby Football League, making it one of the world's first rugby league teams.
Bradford Bulls have been a revelation in the Super League, with stunning success including a clean sweep of all the major rugby league honours in 2003, with Super League, the Challenge Cup and the World Club Championship among the spoils. The Bulls have scooped the Super League 3 times and the World Club Challenge 3 times.
The team's familiar white jersey with red, black and amber hoops make them one of the most distinctive to take the pitch and their home, Odsal Stadium, is a multi-sport venue just south of the city centre, which has been their home ground since 1934, and in 1954 saw one of the largest attendances for a rugby game of all time, at over 102,000.
Wakefield Trinity Wildcats
Wakefield Trinity Wildcats, one of the oldest names in rugby league, were originally formed by the members of a church, and enjoy nothing more than the chance to bring local rivals, the Castleford Tigers, to their knees!
Five times Challenge Cup winners and twice champions in the distant past, dubbed by passionate fans simply 'Wakey', 'Trinity', or the 'Wildcats', they have remained among the sport's Super League elite since promotion from National League competition in 1999, and in 2009 enjoyed their best ever season, including entry to the end of season play-offs. Wakefield Trinity has been at its Belle Vue stadium since 1879, and the venue can be easily accessed by bus, train or car.
Hull FC may have the most unexpected history of all Yorkshire's rugby league clubs, having been originally formed by a group of ex-public schoolboys from York in 1865. Today Hull FC's biggest rivals are the city's other professional team, Hull Kingston Rovers, and their stunning head-to-head encounters play to full houses and make for one of the most passionate fixtures in rugby league.
In 2005 Hull FC reached their most recent high with a last-minute try to grab a glorious one-point victory against mighty Yorkshire rivals Leeds Rhinos in the Challenge Cup final at the Millennium Stadium, Cardiff (their third victory overall in the competition). They also reached a Wembley final in 2008 and 2013. Hull FC, who can truly claim to be one of oldest clubs in rugby league, play at one of the most modern venues, the Kingston Communications Stadium they have shared with the high-flying footballing counterparts Hull City since January 2003.
Hull Kingston Rovers
One of the truly iconic clubs of rugby league, it's not long since Hull Kingston Rovers could lay justifiable claim to be the sport's most famous name. Now 'Hull KR' are right back in the big time, having consolidated their hard-earned Super League position with fourth spot and a play-off series place in 2009, achieved with just four wins less than champions Leeds.
In their instantly recognisable white shirts with red bands, 'The Robins' have had a number of grounds in their time but are now well established in their compact 10,000-seater Craven Park Stadium, just off Preston Rd in East Hull. With rivals Hull FC based on the west side, it makes for a massive derby atmosphere when the two go head to head. Admission to watch Hull KR at Craven Park is available on a match by match basis with single game tickets available at great prices.
Founder Super League members, Castleford Tigers, enjoy lots of nicknames, and even more success! The club known as 'Cas', 'Cas Tigers' or 'Classy Cas', were also known as 'The Glassblowers', traditionally the trade of many supporters. But they're not just a pretty name! The Tigers, famous for their attractive and stylish rugby, have won the prestigious Challenge Cup four times, the Yorkshire Cup five times, and twice been crowned National League Champions. In 2009 'Cas' reached the Super League play-offs.
The Tigers' home since 1927 has been the appropriately named 'Jungle' on Wheldon Road, a short walk from the town centre, although 'Cas' will soon be found at a new state-of-the-art community sports complex currently in development.