Big kick-off -- Ralph Rimmer

HULL KR’s inclusion in the Kingstone Press Championship will provide the division with “fairy dust”, said the RFL’s Chief Operating Officer Ralph Rimmer at the launch of the 2017 Championship at Leigh Sports Village.

He said fans, clubs and officials couldn’t have asked for more of the 2016 competition, which had drama, intensity and thrills and spills, and 2017 promised more of the same.

He went on: “Rochdale won promotion from League 1 with an outstanding win at Toulouse Olympique, who themselves went up as glamour boys.

“Bradford are IN as well so there’s lots to look forward to in the Championship in the coming months.”

Oldham kick off their second season at this level tomorrow (Sunday, Feb 5) when they entertain Sheffield Eagles at Bower Fold, Stalybridge (3pm kick off).

There is every chance that Tuoyo Egodo (19) will make his debut at wing or centre when starting his loan spell from Castleford Tigers.

Tuoyo is a London boy, who was raised in the London Broncos academy system before Tigers paid a fee for him to move north and become a full-time pro at the Super League club at the end of last season.

His loan spell with Roughyeds is designed to aid his development in Scott Naylor’s squad alongside another Tigers youngster who is also on loan, centre Keiran Gill.

‘Gillie’ scored eight tries in 12 games for us towards the end of last season when he gained something of a reputation for scoring interception tries.

KP Championship, round one

Sat, Feb 4, Toulouse Olympique v Batley Bulldogs.

Sunday, Feb 5, Halifax v Featherstone Rovers; Hull KR v Bradford Bulls; OLDHAM v SHEFFIELD EAGLES (Bower Fold, Staybridge, 3pm); Rochdale Hornets v Dewsbury Rams; Swinton Lions v London Broncos.

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