Betfred Women’s Super League – going live
Picture by Isabel Pearce/SWpix.com - 11/10/2019 - Rugby League - Women's Super League Grand Final - Castleford Tigers v Leeds Rhinos - The Totally Wicked Stadium, Langtree Park, St Helens, England - Leeds win the Women's Super League Grand Final.
The Betfred Women’s Super League returns on Sunday 18 April and the RFL, in association with In Touch productions, will show one live game each week via Twitch.
In the opening round of fixtures, reigning champions Leeds Rhinos entertain York City Knights as part of a double-header featuring a local derby between Castleford Tigers and Featherstone Rovers. Both games will take place behind closed doors at Sport Park Weetwood, Leeds, whilst at Warrington’s Victoria Park the Wolves take on Wigan Warriors and Bradford Bulls will play St Helens in the other Round 1 fixtures.
Warrington Wolves are one of the newcomers to the expanded, 10-club competition, the other being Huddersfield Giants who will make their Betfred Women’s Super League bow against the Wolves a fortnight later in Round 2.
The repeat of the 2019 Grand Final between Castleford and Leeds is scheduled for Sunday June 13, when there will be another derby across the Pennines as St Helens face Wigan.
There will be 10 rounds of fixtures during the regular season, with clubs playing each other once before the top four break away to take part in a play-off series with a Grand Final place at stake. The remaining six teams will compete for places in the final of the Betfred Women’s Super League Shield, with both finals taking place at the Emerald Headingley Stadium on Sunday 10 October.
Thomas Brindle, Betfred Women’s Super League General Manager, said: “During the last week we have unveiled the National Lottery as a new commercial partner to the RFL and in particular Women’s and Girls’ Rugby League, we’ve published a new report demonstrating the significant social impacts of Women’s and Girls’ Rugby League – These Girls Can – and we’ve announced that October’s Grand Final will be broadcast live on Sky Sports.
“Now, I’m pleased to announce that via Twitch we’ll be showing live action from the Betfred Women’s Super League every week of the regular season, with match coverage repeated later the same week on Our League. We had a really encouraging response when we showed some games on Twitch in 2019 – it takes us to a new, younger audience, with 15m daily active users and 76% of viewers aged 18-49.”
The full fixtures for the regular season are as follows.
Round 1 – Sunday 18 April
Bradford Bulls v St Helens
Castleford Tigers v Featherstone Rovers
Wigan Warriors v Warrington Wolves
Leeds Rhinos v York City Knights
Round 2 – Sunday 2 May
Wigan Warriors v Bradford Bulls
St Helens v Huddersfield Giants
Featherstone Rovers v Leeds Rhinos
Wakefield Trinity v Castleford Tigers
Round 3 – Sunday 16 May
Bradford Bulls v Huddersfield Giants
Featherstone Rovers v York City Knights
Wakefield Trinity v Leeds Rhinos
Warrington Wolves v St Helens
Round 4 – Sunday 30 May
Huddersfield Giants v Wigan Warriors Warriors
Wakefield Trinity v Featherstone Rovers
Warrington Wolves v Bradford Bulls
York City Knights v Castleford Tigers
Round 5 – Sunday 13 June
Castleford Tigers v Leeds Rhinos
Huddersfield Giants v Warrington Wolves
St Helens v Wigan Warriors
Wakefield Trinity v York City Knights
Round 6 – Sunday 20 June
Bradford Bulls v Leeds Rhinos
Huddersfield Giants v Featherstone Rovers
Warrington Wolves v Wakefield Trinity
Wigan Warriors v Castleford Tigers
York City Knights v St Helens
Round 7 – Sunday 4 July
Bradford Bulls v York City Knights
Castleford Tigers v St Helens
Featherstone Rovers v Wigan Warriors
Leeds Rhinos v Warrington Wolves
Wakefield Trinity v Huddersfield Giants
Round 8 – Sunday 11 July
Bradford Bulls v Wakefield Trinity
Huddersfield Giants v Castleford Tigers
St Helens v Featherstone Rovers
Wigan Warriors v Leeds Rhinos
York City Knights v Warrington Wolves
Round 9 – Sunday 18 July
Bradford Bulls v Featherstone Rovers
Leeds Rhinos v Huddersfield Giants
St Helens v Wakefield Trinity
Warrington Wolves v Castleford Tigers
Wigan Warriors v York City Knights
Round 10 – Sunday 25 July
Castleford Tigers v Bradford Bulls
Featherstone Rovers v Warrington Wolves
Leeds Rhinos v St Helens
Wigan Warriors v Wakefield Trinity York City Knights v Huddersfield Giants