Widnes Vikings given nod for Super League place

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WIDNES Vikings have won back their place in Super League for the first time since 2005.

The Vikings were handed a three-year licence by the Rugby Football League (RFL) at their Red Hall base today.

Widnes beat off competition from Halifax and Barrow for the three-year licence, promised to one club currently outside rugby league’s top flight by the RFL.

Barrow’s bid was rejected due to not meeting the set criteria but Halifax could submit their bid again.

The licence will start from the 2012 season and will last for three years.

The Vikings will replace one current Super League club in the competition from next year.

Wakefield Wildcats and Castleford Tigers are amongst the clubs threatened with losing their spot.

Wildcats handed their licence application to the RFL yesterday and a decision will be made on the club to miss out on Sunday, July 31.

See Friday’s Wakefield Express Sport for all the latest Wakefield Wildcats news.