21 Feb 2024

Derby clash set for bumper audience

Leeds Rhinos' West Yorkshire derby clash with Castleford Tigers in Round 13 of the Betfred Super League is set for a bumper television audience after being selected as the BBC’s live game for that round. The game will also be shown on Sky Sports as a simulcast.

The fixture will now take place on Saturday 1st June, kick off 5.30pm as a double header with the Rhinos Women's fixture against Barrow Raiders Ladies, which will kick off 2.45pm. Leeds Rhinos Reserves game, which was due to be played on 1st June, will now move to Friday 31st May and be played at Stanningley SARLC, kick off 7pm. Tickets for the game on 1st June are available now at tickets.therhinos.co.uk

Rugby League Commercial and BBC Sport recently announced a new three-year broadcast partnership which for the first time includes regular live coverage of the Betfred Super League and this month's Betfred World Club Challenge, as well as the Men's, Women's and Wheelchair Challenge Cups.

The multi-platform coverage will also include highlights of every Super League match on the BBC Sport website and app, and an extension of Rugby League's partnership with BBC radio, with commentaries on BBC Radio 5 Live and 5 Sports Extra, as well as the extensive coverage on BBC local radio which includes Betfred Championship and League One.

The new coverage kicked off last Saturday with Castleford’s clash with Wigan - the first Super League match to be shown live on the BBC.

This Saturday on BBC Two, Wigan Warriors will face the three-times NRL champions Penrith Panthers at the DW Stadium, aiming to win the World Club Challenge for the fifth time.

A total of up to 15 Betfred Super League matches will be covered in each of the next three seasons across digital and linear channels, including two matches in the Play-Offs live on BBC TV for the first time in September and October. 

In another first, the BBC Sport website and app will carry selected highlights from the Women's Super League, including the semifinals and Grand Final, and the Wheelchair Super League Grand Final.

The reimagined relationship will see the continuation of the BBC's long-standing coverage of the Men's Challenge Cup including the Final at Wembley, which dates back to 1948, and will continue to showcase the very best of the women's and wheelchair game - with the Women's Final to be played at Wembley for the second time this June, and the semi finals of the Women's competition, and the Final of the Wheelchair Challenge Cup, also being shown on BBC channels. 

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