Betfred Women’s Super League kicks off this Sunday

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.

Leeds Rhinos Women begin their 2021 Betfred Women’s Super League (BWSL) campaign this Sunday against York City Knights at Sports Park Weetwood, 3pm.

The game will be played behind closed doors, but fans will be able to watch highlights of the game later in the week and there will be regular updates on the club’s official Twitter account. During the season a selection of games will be streamed live on the RFL’s Twitch channel and the first game will be between league newcomers, Warrington Wolves and Wigan Warriors at noon.

The Wolves were promoted to the BWSL with Huddersfield Giants for 2020, only for the Covid pandemic to force the abandonment of the entire season.

Huddersfield are not involved in this weekend’s opening round of matches, but Warrington have been handed an attractive opening fixture against Wigan, the 2018 champions.

Twitch will stream coverage of one BWSL fixture every weekend in 2021 – and as a bonus, will also cover the Betfred Women’s Challenge Cup, starting with the preliminary round fixture on Sunday week (April 25) when Huddersfield will kick off their campaign against Warrington.

All matches covered live on Twitch will be repeated on Our League on Monday night from 8pm.

The opening BWSL fixtures, all of which will be played behind closed doors, also include the champions Leeds Rhinos launching their defence against York City Knights; a derby between Featherstone Rovers and Castleford Tigers, who were the bridesmaids in 2019 with defeats against Leeds in both the BWSL Grand Final and the Challenge Cup Final; and Bradford Bulls, the inaugural BWSL champions in 2017, taking on St Helens – who will hand a debut to Amy Hardcastle, the England star who has been waiting more than a year to make her Saints debut since joining them from Bradford for the 2020 season.