Crusaders begin preparation for #RLNewEra

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Finally, rugby league is back; it feels like an age since Crusaders walked off the pitch after their final game of 2014 against Leigh Centurions.

After working hard in training over the last couple of months, Crusaders began their pre-season schedule last weekend with a 20-16 victory over their partner club Warrington Wolves’ U19s side at Eirias Parc, Colwyn Bay.

Crusaders and Warrington Wolves' U19s pack down for a scrum in a recent pre-season friendly at Eirias Parc, Colwyn Bay. Crusaders and Warrington Wolves’ U19s pack down for a scrum in a recent pre-season friendly at Eirias Parc, Colwyn Bay.

For 2015 at least, the Welsh side find themselves back in the new-look League 1 – formerly Championship One – following their relegation from the Championship.

Along with Crusaders, four other clubs – Barrow Raiders, Keighley Cougars, Rochdale Hornets and Swinton Lions – were relegated last term, while Coventry Bears have also joined the semi-professional game, making League 1 a 14-team competition from this season onwards.

It all comes as part of #RLNewEra…

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