Championship and League One fixtures announced along with Golden Rule

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The Championship and League One fixtures have officially been announced, along with the news that the second and third tiers will adopt Golden Point.

However, in a different twist to the Super League, both sides will be guaranteed a point if it is a draw after 80 minutes.

The first game of the new Championship season will see Dewsbury Rams welcome Leigh Centurions to the Tetley’s Stadium on Friday, January 31.

There is one further game on the Saturday as Toulouse welcome York City Knights in what could be a thriller.

The rest of the round concludes on Sunday as Batley Bulldogs welcome Featherstone Rovers, Bradford Bulls play recently-relegated London Broncos, Halifax entertain Sheffield and newly promoted Whitehaven and Oldham start at home against Swinton Lions and Widnes Vikings respectively.

However, unlike the Super League, the Championship will still be playing two rounds in a week at Easter. All teams will be playing on Good Friday before another round.

There are two matches on Easter Monday (Whitehaven against Leigh and Widnes welcome Bradford), one on Tuesday (Swinton against London) with the rest of the matches on Wednesday.

The most headline-grabbing of which sees Featherstone travel to Toulouse. Also, Dewsbury entertain York, Halifax host Batley and Sheffield play Oldham.

Then comes the final weekend of the season, which starts on September 5 with Featherstone against Toulouse.

The final day of the season then sees Bradford entertain Widnes, Leigh welcome Dewsbury, Oldham host London, Sheffield play Whitehaven, Swinton entertain Halifax and York play Batley.

This could have implications at the top and bottom.

As for League One, it starts a little later on February 15 as Newcastle Thunder welcome West Wales Raiders to Kingston Park.

The Round is finished on the Sunday as North Wales Crusaders play Doncaster, Coventry Bears welcome relegated side Rochdale Hornets, Keighley Cougars entertain Hunslet and Workington Town welcome London Skolars.

League One new boys Barrow Raiders have a bye week before they take on Doncaster a week later.

However, unlike the Championship, there will only be one Easter Round. Every club, with the exception of West Wales, will be playing on Good Friday.

Then on the final day of the season, North Wales have a bye. Their final game is the week before against Hunslet.

The weekend starts with London welcoming Rochdale on the Saturday before on the Sunday Coventry welcome Workington, Doncaster welcome Keighley, Hunslet play West Wales and Newcastle play Barrow.

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