RFL confirms competition structure for reserves in 2022

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Reserve-grade rugby league will return on February 19, the RFL has confirmed.

A 13-team competition will consist of the 12 clubs now running licenced academies as well as Salford.

The same 12 clubs will also field teams in an Under-18s academy competition, which starts on March 12.

Fixtures across both competitions will be staggered so that each club is only ever involved in one sub-first team level game on any given weekend.

The reserves competition Grand Final will take place on September 17. The academy Grand Final will take place on the weekend of September 24.

RFL chief on-field officer Dave Rotheram said: “I am delighted to be able to announce the fixtures and competition structures, and thank all the participating clubs for their support in getting us to this position.  

“The return of reserve-grade Rugby League, alongside an academy Under-18s competition provides a full pathway for our developing players as they transition towards senior football.  

Running the competitions on alternate weekends will provide appropriate playing opportunities for all players within the academy and reserves structure. 

“And with both competitions culminating in play-off series, we are creating high-pressure matches at the business end of the season which will further aid players’ development through knockout football and stimulate supporter interest.” 

In addition, the RFL say complete fixture information for both competitions, including dates, venues and kick-off times, is subject to confirmation.

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RFL reserve competition teams:

Bradford Bulls

St Helens

Newcastle Thunder

Leeds Rhinos

London Broncos

Warrington Wolves

Hull KR

Hull FC

Huddersfield Giants

Salford Red Devils

Wakefield Trinity

Castleford Tigers

Wigan Warriors

Academy competition teams:

Newcastle Thunder

Leeds Rhinos

London Broncos

Hull FC

Bradford Bulls

Hull KR

St Helens

Huddersfield Giants

Wigan Warriors

Castleford Tigers

Warrington Wolves

Wakefield Trinity

READ MORE: Everything you need to know about 2022 Super League fixture schedule

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