Super League to return on August 2


14th February 2020, Headingley Carnegie Stadium, Leeds, England; Betfred Super League, Leeds Rhinos v Hull Kingston Rovers : Cameron Smith (22) of Leeds Rhinos celebrates at the end of the game after his two tries

Super League will return to action on Sunday August 2 behind closed doors for the resumption of a shortened season.

A triple-header will take place at a single venue to mark the return to action, featuring Hull KR v Toronto, St Helens v Catalans and Huddersfield v Leeds.

A full round of fixtures will take place the following weekend August 8/9.

A further 15 rounds of action, to take the season total to 22, will be followed by a top-four semi-final play-off and the Grand Final taking place towards the end of November.

Games are set to be played at a limited number of neutral venues that satisfy the government and rugby league’s clinical advisory group.

Super League Executive Chairman, Robert Elstone said: “We are delighted to confirm Betfred Super League will be returning in just a few weeks’ time on Sunday August 2, live on Sky Sports.

“We are in the final stages of confirming where the games will be played, and we continue to work closely with Sky Sports to deliver the best possible broadcast schedule for our fans. Further details of this will be confirmed over the coming weeks.

“Above all we know that fans want to get back into grounds to support their teams.  We will continue to follow government advice and work alongside the RFL, clinical advisors and ground safety personnel to ensure that when that time comes, Super League is ready to welcome back its fans at the first opportunity.

“Whilst the recent government announcements underline increasing optimism, the pandemic remains unpredictable. Our final fixture schedule needs to respond to opportunities that will unfold over the coming weeks and accordingly, full details of fixtures, venues and season structure will be confirmed as they become known.

 “I would like to express my gratitude for the understanding and patience shown by Sky Sports, Betfred, and our other valued commercial partners, as we have navigated through this difficult time.

“Finally, I would like to thank the fans and players for their patience, positivity and desire to see Super League back up and running post-Covid-19.”