Super League Preview – Your guide to the 2022 season

The Betfred Super League Trophy

The Betfred Super League returns tomorrow! 2022 is set to be a big season for Richard Agar’s side as they look to build on reaching last year’s Super League semi finals, plus the additions of David Fusitu’a, Blake Austin, Aidan Sezer and James Bentley means that there is a lot to be excited about next year.

Fans will be back at Headingley Stadium for the opening rounds of the season and with some appealing fixtures locked in, take a closer look at the opponents that Leeds will be facing off against:


Warrington Wolves

Picture by Alex Whitehead/SWpix.com – 28/03/2021 – Rugby League – Betfred Super League – Castleford Tigers v Warrington Wolves – Headingley Stadium, Leeds, England – Castleford’s head coach Daryl Powell.

The new year sees a new coach take the reigns at Warrington.

Daryl Powell is firmly in place at the Wolves, after making the switch from Castleford, and has brought some familiar faces with him to the Halliwell Jones Stadium. Peter Mata’utia and Oliver Holmes have followed Powell from the Mend-a-Hose Jungle plus Greg Minikin, who played for the Tigers when they reached the 2017 Grand Final, also joins his former coach in primrose and blue.

Greek international Billy Magoulias, Joe Bullock and former Rhino James Harrison bolster a forward pack that has lost Sitaleki Akaoula and stalwart Chris Hill but the star attraction for the Wolves next year will be the combination of England internationals George Williams and Gareth Widdop in their first full season together.

Ins

  • Peter Mata’utia (Castleford Tigers)
  • Greg Minikin (Hull KR)
  • Oliver Holmes (Castleford Tigers)
  • Joe Bullock (Wigan Warriors)
  • James Harrison (Featherstone Rovers)
  • Billy Magoulias (Cronulla Sharks)

Outs

  • Jake Mamo (Castleford Tigers)
  • Tom Lineham (Wakefield Trinity)
  • Sitaleki Akaoula (Salford Red Devils)
  • Blake Austin (Leeds Rhinos)
  • Chris Hill (Huddersfield Giants)
  • Samy Kibula (Bradford Bulls)
  • Nathan Roebuck (Keighley Cougars)
  • Reece Briers (North Wales Crusaders)

When do Warrington come to Headingley Stadium?

Round 1 – Saturday 12th February (KO 12:30pm) Live on Channel 4

Round 24 – Friday 19th August (KO 8pm)


Catalans Dragons

Picture by Alex Whitehead/SWpix.com – 19/02/2016 – Rugby League – Dacia World Club Series – St Helens v Sydney Roosters – Langtree Park, St Helens, England – Sydney Roosters’ Dylan Napa is tackled by St Helens’ Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook and Andre Savelio.

The 2021 League Leaders and Grand Finalists Catalans Dragons will be looking to set the bar high again next season after a successful year in 2021.

Steve McNamara’s side were in incredible form last season, notably in their 48-0 win over Wigan Warriors as well as their one point win over St Helens at Magic Weekend, but defeat in the Grand Final marked the end of the line for their influential half back James Maloney, who moved to Rugby Union for 2022, and ended what was the Dragons’ best Super League season to date.

Nevertheless, next season has seen McNamara bolster his squad with more NRL talent. NSW Blue and 2013 Grand Final winner Mitchell Pearce steps into the boots of Maloney to join Arthur Mourgue, Sam Tomkins and more in an exciting back line. The forward pack grows too as Pearce’s Roosters team mate Dylan Napa, who has finished a three year spell at Canterbury Bulldogs, and former Penrith centre Tyrone May also make the trip to the south of France.

Ins

  • Mitchell Pearce (Newcastle Knights)
  • Dylan Napa (Canterbury Bulldogs)
  • Tyrone May (Penrith Panthers)

Outs

  • Joel Tomkins (retired)
  • James Maloney (Lezignan)
  • Jason Baitieri (Lezignan)
  • Lambert Belmas (Lezignan)

When do Catalans come to Headingley Stadium?

Round 3 – Thursday 24th February (KO 8pm) Live on Sky Sports


Hull FC

Hull FC just missed out on the Play Off spots in 2021 but as Brett Hodgson enters his second season at the MKM Stadium, expect a different beast from the east coast in 2022.

A strong start from the black and whites in 2021 made most fans wonder if Hull could rediscover their form of 2017 but a mixture of injuries, COVID and poor performances saw Hodgson’s side drop out of the top four to seventh. Out of their last ten league games, they only won once (a 23-22 win over city rivals Hull KR).

For 2022, Hull have added weight and experience to their forwards by recruiting Fiji international Kane Evans, who has played in the NRL for seven seasons for New Zealand Warriors, Parramatta Eels and Sydney Roosters. The club also added highly rated wingers Darnell McIntosh from Huddersfield and Fijian international Joe Lovodua to what is already a quick and agile back line, plus Marc Sneyd’s departure to Salford saw Luke Gale announce his move to join up with Josh Reynolds in black and white.

Ins

  • Darnell McIntosh (Huddersfield Giants)
  • Joe Lovodua (South Sydney Rabbitohs)
  • Kane Evans (New Zealand Warriors)
  • Luke Gale (Leeds Rhinos)

Outs

  • Mahe Fonua (Castleford Tigers)
  • Bureta Faraimo (Castleford Tigers)
  • Masi Matongo (York City Knights)
  • Marc Sneyd (Salford Red Devils)

When do Hull FC come to Headingley Stadium?

Round 5 – Thursday 10th March (KO 8pm) Live on Sky


St Helens

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St Helens are expected to be competing at the top again in 2022 and the reigning Grand Final champions will have a target on their backs from round one.

For the first time in three years, the ‘Red V’ didn’t finish as the League Leaders in 2021 but despite being pushed all season by Catalans, they executed a masterful performance against the Dragons at Old Trafford to keep their grasp on the Super League trophy.

The departures of Lachlan Coote, Theo Fages, Kevin Naiqama and James Bentley have left big holes in Kristian Woolf’s squad but a strong recruitment drive has seen the club add a mixture of experience and talent. Seasoned NRL veterans Curtis Sironen and Will Hopoate have come in to replace Bentley and Coote while Joey Lussick also returns to Super League following a brief stint at Parramatta. One of Leigh Centurion’s top performers James Bell has earned his shot in Woolf’s squad plus the signing of Konrad Hurrell from the Rhinos is a headline capture.

Ins

  • Konrad Hurrell (Leeds Rhinos)
  • Joey Lussick (Paramatta Eels)
  • Curtis Sironen (Manly Sea Eagles)
  • James Bell (Leigh Centurions)
  • Will Hopoate (Canterbury Bulldogs)
  • Daniel Hill (Widnes Vikings)

Outs

  • James Bentley (Leeds Rhinos)
  • Theo Fages (Huddersfield Giants)
  • Lachlan Coote (Hull KR)
  • Nico Rizzelli (released)
  • Aaron Smith (Leigh Centurions, loan)
  • Josh Eaves (Newcastle Thunder)
  • Joel Thompson (retired)
  • Tom Nisbet (Leigh Centurions, loan)
  • Kevin Naiqama (Sydney Roosters)

When do St Helens come to Headingley Stadium?

Round 7 – Friday 1st April (KO 8pm) Live on Sky


Huddersfield Giants

Picture by Allan McKenzie/SWpix.com – 17/07/2021 – Rugby League – Betfred Challenge Cup Final – Castleford Tigers v St Helens – Wembley Stadium, London, England – St Helens’s Theo Fages celebrates his try against Castleford.

Huddersfield had an anticlimactic season in 2021 so Ian Watson has aimed to refresh his squad and also welcome back a host of loanees.

After being tipped for great things last season, the Giants didn’t live up to expectations, finishing ninth with nine wins. Aidan Sezer, who made the move to Leeds, will be a big miss at the John Smith’s Stadium after proving a pivotal player to the Giants’ success over the last two years, plus rated youngsters Darnell McIntosh, Sam Wood and James Cunningham have also moved elsewhere.

With no recognised half backs going into 2022, Watson moved for Tongan international Tui Lolohea, who played under him at Salford, and two time Grand Final winner Theo Fages. The experience Chris Hill is also a major coup, as is Danny Levi too, as the hooker makes the switch to Super League after making over 100 NRL appearances.

Ins

  • Theo Fages (St Helens)
  • Tui Lolohea (Salford Red Devils)
  • Chris Hill (Warrington Wolves)
  • Nathan Mason (Leigh Centurions)
  • Danny Levi (Brisbane Broncos)
  • Innes Senior (Wakefield Trinity, loan return)
  • Seb Ikahihifo (Salford Red Devils, loan return)
  • Oliver Roberts (Salford Red Devils, loan return)

Outs

  • Lee Gaskell (Wakefield Trinity)
  • James Cunningham (Toulouse Olympique)
  • Joe Wardle (Leigh Centurions)
  • Aidan Sezer (Leeds Rhinos)
  • Kenny Edwards (Castleford Tigers)
  • Nate Peteru (Released)
  • Sam Wood (Hull KR)
  • Darnell McIntosh (Hull FC)
  • Nathan Peats (Albi)
  • Ronan Michael (York City Knights, loan)

When do Huddersfield come to Headingley Stadium?

Round 8 – Thursday 14th April (KO 8pm)

Round 25 – Thursday 25th August (KO 8pm)


Toulouse Olympique

Picture by Manuel Blondeau/SWpix.com – 10/10/2021 – Rugby League – Betfred Championship Playoff Final – The Million Pound Game – Toulouse Olympique v Featherstone Rovers – Stade Ernest-Wallon, Toulouse, France – Johnatan Ford of Toulouse celebrates with the trophy

The 2022 season will see Toulouse Olympique make their first appearance in Super League after earning promotion from the Championship in 2021.

Sylvain Houles’ side were promoted with a perfect record (14 wins from 14 matches) and boast a variety of homegrown talent, headlined by winger Paul Marcon, Mathieu Jussaume and fan favourite Mark Kheirallah. Like their neighbours in Perpignan, Toulouse also have a number of former NRL and Super League winners in their ranks. Former St Helens Grand Final winners Joseph Paulo and Dominique Peyroux, plus former Rhino Mitch Garbutt, hold up a forward pack that welcomes Gadwin Springer for next year. Former Sydney Rooster half back Jonathan Ford is also a fan favourite and can expect to provide new signings Matty Russell and Chris Hankinson with plenty of service.

Ins

  • James Cunningham (Huddersfield Giants)
  • Max Clarke (Sheffield Eagles)
  • Lucas Albert (Carcassonne)
  • Gadwin Springer (Featherstone Rovers)
  • Matty Russell (Leigh Centurions)
  • Chris Hankinson (Wigan Warriors)

Outs

  • Remi Casty (retired)
  • Jy Hitchcox (Leigh Centurions)
  • Bastien Ader (Limoux)
  • Johnathon Ford (released)

When do Toulouse come to Headingley Stadium?

Round 10 – Friday 22nd April (KO 8pm)


Hull KR

Picture by Ed Sykes/SWpix.com – 09/10/2021 – Rugby League – Betfred Super League Grand Final – Catalans Dragons v St Helens – Old Trafford, Manchester, England – The brief, Betfred branding, St Helens’ Lachlan Coote celebrate with the trophy after the game

From relegation survivors to play off contenders, Hull KR had a great 2021.

Tony Smith’s side played the least amount of games out of any Super League side last season but they remained composed and reaped the rewards to compete in the play offs for the first time in eight years. A 19-0 win over Warrington was a shock in the first round of post season but Catalans Dragons ended The Robins’ Old Trafford dreams in the semi finals.

Smith has kept the majority of his players for 2022 but notably added NRL and Super League Grand Final winner Lachlan Coote to his team. Coote will join Man of Steel nominee Jordan Abdull and young talent Mikey Lewis in a strong spine and the signing of the Scotland international will also benefit the likes of Ryan Hall, Shaun Kenny-Dowall and Ben Crooks, who all had impressive campaigns last season.

Ins

  • Lachlan Coote (St Helens)
  • Sam Wood (Huddersfield Giants)
  • Frankie Halton (Featherstone Rovers)
  • Greg Richards (London Broncos)
  • Phoenix Laulu-Togaga’e (Keighley Cougars, loan return)
  • Tom Garratt (Dewsbury Rams)

Outs

  • Greg Minikin (Warrington Wolves)
  • George Lawler (Castleford Tigers)
  • Adam Quinlan (released)
  • Owen Harrison (Dewsbury Rams)
  • Anesu Mudoti (Keighley Cougars)
  • Joe Keyes (Halifax Panthers)
  • Tom Whur (Rochdale Hornets, loan)
  • Muizz Mustapha (Leeds Rhinos, loan return)

When do Hull KR come to Headingley Stadium?

Round 11 – Friday 29th April (KO 8pm)


Wakefield Trinity

Picture by Paul Currie/SWpix.com – 24/09/2021 – Rugby League – Betfred Super League Playoffs – Eliminator Game 2 – Warrington Wolves v Hull KR – Halliwell Jones Stadium, Warrington, England – Warrington Wolves’ Tom Lineham is tackled

Willie Poching goes into his first season as Wakefield Trinity’s official head coach with plenty to build on, both on and off the field.

The club had only managed four wins before Chris Chester was relieved from his duties but as Poching stepped up in the interim role, he guided Trinity to win five of their last seven games. Mason Lino also hit a good run of form to finish the year with five tries and 75 goals in 23 appearances.

Lino and club captain Jacob Miller will be joined by Lee Gaskell, who moves east from Huddersfield, to strengthen Poching’s half back options. As hookers Josh Wood and Kyle Wood have both left the club, Trinity jumped at the chance to add Leigh Centurions captain Liam Hood and England Knights international Tom Lineham, who ends a five year stay at Warrington Wolves to their squad. Nigerian international Sadiq Adebiyi is also a steal from championship side London Broncos.

Ins

  • Lee Gaskell (Huddersfield Giants)
  • Liam Hood (Leigh Centurions)
  • Tom Lineham (Warrington Wolves)
  • Sadiq Adebiyi (London Broncos)
  • Jai Whitbread (Leigh Centurions)
  • Corey Hall (Leeds Rhinos)

Outs

  • Joe Westerman (Castleford Tigers)
  • Josh Wood (Barrow Raiders)
  • Kyle Wood (Halifax Panthers)
  • Innes Senior (Huddersfield Giants, loan return)
  • Alex Walker (released)
  • Ollie Greensmith (Dewsbury Rams)
  • Chris Green (Leigh Centurions)
  • Joe Arundel (Halifax Panthers)

When do Wakefield come to Headingley Stadium?

Round 13 – Friday 20th May (KO 8pm)


Wigan Warriors

Picture by Alex Broadway/SWpix.com – 28/03/2021 – Rugby League – Betfred Challenge Cup Round 2 – London Broncos v York City Knights – Rosslyn Park, London, England – Abbas Miski of London Broncos is tackled by Tyme Dow-Nikau of York City Knights.

A new era has started at Wigan as a revamped coaching setup sees Matt Peet, Shaun Wane, Lee Briers and Sean O’Loughlin lead the club for next year.

Last season saw the Warriors finish in an uninspiring fashion, as Adrian Lam’s side didn’t score a point in the first round of the play offs as they were defeated 8-0 by Leeds. That defeat ended Jackson Hastings, Oliver Gildart and Lam’s time at the club and ushered in a change of staff and six new signings.

Unlike any club, Wigan have only made small tweaks to their 2022 squad, despite appearing to lose a couple of big name stars. The club have invested in young NRL talents Kaide Ellis, Cade Cust and Patrick Mago, as well as bringing former centre Iain Thornley back from Leigh but most fans forget that Bevan French missed the majority of last season with a hamstring injury, Jai Field played a smattering of games due to injury too plus Thomas Leuluai missed the end of 2021 with hamstring problems. That’s before you realise that Zak Hardaker, John Bateman, Morgan Smithies and more will be fully fit and raring to go next season.

Ins

  • Abbas Miski (London Broncos)
  • Kaide Ellis (St George Illawarra Dragons)
  • Patrick Mago (South Sydney Rabbitohs)
  • Cade Cust (Manly Sea Eagles)
  • Iain Thornley (Leigh Centurions)
  • Ramon Silva (London Broncos)

Outs

  • Jackson Hastings (West Tigers)
  • Joe Bullock (Warrington Wolves)
  • Oliver Gildart (West Tigers)
  • Amir Bourouh (Salford Red Devils)
  • Tony Clubb (retired)
  • Mitch Clark (Newcastle Thunder)
  • Dom Manfredi (retired)
  • Chris Hankinson (Toulouse Olympique)

When do Wigan come to Headingley Stadium?

Round 20 – Thursday 21st July (KO 8pm)


Salford Red Devils

Picture by Alex Whitehead/SWpix.com – 29/04/2021 – Rugby League – Betfred Super League – Wigan Warriors v Hull FC – DW Stadium, Wigan, England – Hull FC’s Marc Sneyd.

Salford Red Devils will be aiming to get out of the traps quickly in 2022 after a disappointing 2021.

Under Marshall, the Red Devils never really got going last season. They only won seven out of 22 games, with their best performance coming at the Mend-A-Hose Jungle where they beat a young Castleford side 70-18, thanks to two tries apiece for Rhys Williams and Morgan Escare.

With new coach Paul Rowley at the helm, following the departure of Richard Marshall, the club have spared no expense in bolstering the squad with some star names. Marc Sneyd returns to the club after six years away to join up with new half backs Brodie Croft and Ryan Brierley. Pauli Pauli, Lee Mossop and Seb Ikahihifo have left holes in the Red Devils’ forward pack too but Shane Wright, King Vuniyayawa and Sitaleki Akaoula are ample replacements. Tim Lafai has also been added to pose a threat from out wide as he joins up with Ken Sio, Kallum Watkins and Dan Sarginson.

Ins

  • Shane Wright (North Queensland Cowboys)
  • Brodie Croft (Brisbane Broncos)
  • Ryan Brierley (Leigh Centurions)
  • King Vuniyayawa (Leeds Rhinos)
  • Amir Bourouh (Wigan Warriors)
  • Sitaleki Akaoula (Warrington Wolves)
  • Deon Cross (Widnes Vikings)
  • Marc Sneyd (Hull FC)
  • Tim Lafai (Parramatta Eels)

Outs

  • Pauli Pauli (York City Knights)
  • Kevin Brown (retired)
  • Dec Patton (Bradford Bulls)
  • Tui Lolohea (Huddersfield Giants)
  • Lee Mossop (retired)
  • Seb Ikahihifo (Huddersfield Giants, loan return)
  • Ed Chamberlain (Leigh Centurions)
  • Oliver Roberts (Huddersfield Giants, loan return)
  • Krisnan Inu (Lezignan)
  • Ata Hingano (Leigh Centurions)

When do Salford come to Headingley Stadium?

Round 22 – Sunday 7th August (KO 3pm)


Castleford Tigers

Picture by Allan McKenzie/SWpix.com – 01/08/2021 – Rugby League – Betfred Super League Round 17 – Leeds Rhinos v Warrington Wolves – Headingley Stadium, Leeds, England – Jake Mamo.

Lee Radford starts his tenure at Castleford with high expectations, following the success of Daryl Powell. Radford, who was previously at Hull FC, has spent time in the USA as the Dallas Jackals’ defensive coach. Following the announcement of Powell’s departure for Warrington though, the Tigers unveiled the former Bradford Bulls player as the man to lead them in 2022.

The departure of long serving players Michael Shenton, Grant Millington, Oliver Holmes and more has allowed Radford to almost start with a clean slate for 2022. Former black and whites Joe Westerman, Mahe Fonua and Bureta Faraimo follow Radford to the Mend-A-Hose Jungle as well as Warrington livewire Jake Mamo, who scored the second-most tries in Super League last season. Former Rhino youngsters Alex Sutcliffe and Callum McLelland, who played his academy rugby at the Tigers, also bolster the wealth of talent that’s coming through the club’s ranks.

Ins

  • George Lawler (Hull KR)
  • Callum McLelland (Leeds Rhinos)
  • Alex Sutcliffe (Leeds Rhinos)
  • Mahe Fonua (Hull FC)
  • Jake Mamo (Warrington Wolves)
  • Joe Westerman (Wakfield Trinity)
  • Kenny Edwards (Huddersfield Giants)
  • Bureta Faraimo (Hull FC)

Outs

  • Oliver Holmes (Warrington Wolves)
  • Peter Mata’utia (Warrington Wolves)
  • Lewis Bienek (London Broncos)
  • Michael Shenton (Retired)
  • Grant Millington (Retired)
  • Jake Sweeting (Featherstone Rovers)
  • Jesse Sene-Lefao (Featherstone Rovers)
  • Alex Foster (Newcastle Thunder)

When do Castleford come to Headingley Stadium?

Round 27 – Saturday 3rd September (KO 3pm)


Don’t miss the season opener!

There is limited ticket availability for Saturday’s game so make sure you book your seats now to avoid disappointment!

To buy tickets, go to tickets.therhinos.co.uk or call the ticket office on 0371 423 1315. Opening hours: Monday-Friday 10.30am-3.30pm (excluding Bank Holidays).

Ticket prices in the famous Tetley’s South Stand terrace start from:

£24 for adults

£12 for juniors*

£16 for concessions*

*Concessions = Seniors aged 65 and over, students and Under 21s (Valid ID required), Disabled (ambulant and wheelchair)

*Juniors aged 16 and under (ID required)

*Disabled fans are entitled to a free companion ticket upon proof of companion allowance

Your ticket also gets you access to two games on Saturday as Leeds Rhinos Women take on Warrington Wolves Women in a friendly, kick off 3pm, after the main Super League game.