The fixtures have been announced for the Betfred Super League for the 2020 season.
Round One sees some fantastic fixtures, as the Super League Grand Finalists, St Helens and Salford Red Devils meet once again at the Totally Wicked Stadium. There will also be the first double header at Headingley Stadium. Hosts Leeds Rhinos take on Hull FC and Toronto Wolfpack play their first game in the Super League against Castleford Tigers.
That game at Headingley is one of three home games for the Wolfpack to be played on English soil. The others see them play St Helens at Allianz Park in Round Five, the home of Saracens Rugby Union, and they also play Wakefield Trinity at the new York Community Stadium in Round Eight.
One of the big changes this season sees only one game played over the weekend, after concerns over player welfare. Some of the traditional fixtures stay the same as St Helens entertain Wigan Warriors, Hull KR welcome Hull FC and Leeds Rhinos open the round on the Thursday against Wakefield Trinity.
The Wolfpack’s first game at the Lamport Stadium sees Hull FC make the transatlantic trip in Round 11. They will play every side once in Canada.
Super League Chief Commercial Officer Rhodri Jones said: “We are delighted to be able to share the full 2020 schedule with our fans, and after a lot of work, we are happy with what has been created.
“Round 1 promises to be a fantastic start to our 25th season with some real heavyweight fixtures.
“There is a new feel to Easter, appreciating the tough nature of Super League on the players, and we’ve kept the Friday night final round of games which proved so successful in 2019.
“There is clearly a lot of excitement with Toronto Wolfpack coming into Super League and we’ve had to work through a number of logistical challenges regarding their fixtures.
“Their first Super League game hosted at Lamport Stadium in April against Hull FC will be a superb event. It will also be great for new and existing fans to see them kick off their season in a double header at Emerald Headingley.
“As ever, given the unpredictable nature of the sport, we all recognise that changes to the fixture list will have to be made towards the end of the season to accommodate our broadcast partner, Sky Sports.”