The Totally Wicked Stadium in St Helens will host the Womens Betfred Super League Grand Final on the new date of October 11.
It has been moved from the Sunday due to England’s participation in the Downer Nines in Sydney the following week.
The RFL’s Marc Lovering, Director of Participation and Development, explains: “We want to give England Women the best possible chance at the World Nines and moving the final to Friday 11th will allow players who may have both club and country commitments additional travel and preparation time.
“Unfortunately, Leeds Rhinos are unable to host on Friday 11th, but Gary Hetherington was fully appreciative of the rationale behind the switch, and we’re also grateful to Mike Rush at St Helens for stepping in and offering to host the final at another impressive rugby league venue – the Totally Wicked Stadium.”
Mike Rush, the chief executive of St Helens, said: “We are delighted to stage the first Betfred Women’s Super League Grand Final at the Totally Wicked Stadium.
“The development of Women’s Rugby League over the last couple of years has been a shining light for the game, and at Saints we’ve always been keen to play a leading part in that.
“The Betfred Women’s Super League Grand Final is a major new occasion for the game, and the Totally Wicked Stadium, on the Friday night before the Betfred Super League Grand Final at Old Trafford, is a fitting stage for it.”
There may well be home advantage for Saints as they are in a great position to possibly qualify for the final.
They currently lie in second place, just two points behind the leaders Castleford Tigers and tied with third placed Leeds Rhinos.
It is set to be a really interesting climax to the season.