Super League have confirmed details for the 2022 Magic Weekend, with Newcastle’s St James’ Park hosting the showpiece again.
For the first time ever, Magic Weekend will be played in the middle of summer. It takes place on the weekend of July 9-10.
Saturday gets underway with Super League newcomers Toulouse facing Wakefield before champions St Helens take on rivals Wigan. Furthermore, the first day finishes with a West Yorkshire derby as Leeds take on Castleford.
In addition, Sunday opens with Huddersfield and Salford before League Leaders’ Shield winners Catalans play Warrington. The Hull derby will bring the weekend to a close.
The format of the fixtures are matched based on the position they finished in the league the previous season (1st v 3rd, 2nd v 4th, 5th v 7th, 6th v 8th, 9th v 11th and 10th v 12th).
2022 Magic Weekend fixtures
Saturday, July 9
Wakefield v Toulouse (2:30pm)
St Helens v Wigan (4:45pm)
Leeds v Castleford (7pm)
Sunday, July 10
Huddersfield v Salford (1pm)
Catalans v Warrington (3:15pm)
Hull KR v Hull FC (5:30pm)
Super League chief commercial officer, Rhodri Jones, said: “It was great to be back in Newcastle in 2021, and even more so with fans back in the stadium.
“We are delighted to be returning to St James’ Park in 2022 and I must thank the football club, Newcastle City Council and NE1 for showing us so much support.
“I look forward to seeing the stadium, fan zone and city brimming with rugby league fans again next year.”
Councillor Ged Bell, cabinet member for development, transport and neighbourhoods at Newcastle City Council, said: “Magic Weekend has firmly cemented itself as one of the highlights of Newcastle’s sporting calendar and I’m delighted that this festival of rugby league is returning to Newcastle in 2022.
“It’s always brilliant to see fans from around the country assemble in Newcastle for an incredibly vibrant and enjoyable weekend. They pack the stands of St James’ Park and provide a bumper weekend of trade to the bars, restaurants, hotels and shops in Newcastle and the wider region.
“With this taking place alongside the rearranged Rugby League World Cup which kicks off in Newcastle next year, our relationship with this great sport is set to go from strength to strength in 2022.”