Coverage boost for Women’s Super League

Drew Darbyshire
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The Women’s Super League will have more eyeballs on it than ever before in 2023 as more live coverage is confirmed.

The Sportsman have announced they will show more broadcast coverage of the Women’s Super League in the upcoming season.

It will start on Sunday, April 16. They will show the mouthwatering meeting of two of the three trophy winners from 2022. Challenge Cup winners travel to the LNER Community Stadium to face York, who won the League Leaders’ Shield last season and have Woman of Steel Tara Jane Stanley within their ranks.

The match, which kicks off at 1pm, will feature a number of stars who represented England at last year’s World Cup, including Stanley and Hollie-Mae Dodd for Valkyrie.

Emily Rudge, who captained England last autumn, will line up for Saints alongside former Woman of Steel, Jodie Cunningham.

Women’s Super League opener live on Sky Sports

It will be the first game of the season for Saints, who will be coached by former England international Matty Smith.

The Valkyrie will have already played their stand-alone season opener against Women’s Super League champions Leeds at Headingley, which is being shown live by Sky Sports on Easter Sunday, April 7.

The Sportsman are covering a variety of different competitions in 2023 via their YouTube channel. They’ve already covered the Challenge Cup and League 1 this year.

The Sportsman to show Challenge Cup fourth round tie

The Challenge Cup fourth round tie between Dewsbury Rams and Widnes Vikings will be shown live by The Sportsman.

The fixture takes place on Sunday, April 2, with a 3pm kick-off.

BBC Sport have already announced that they will stream the fourth round clash between York Knights and Sheffield Eagles earlier on April 2, kicking off at 12:30pm.

John Kear’s Widnes defeated London-based Wests Warriors 80-4 at the DCBL Stadium in the previous round. The head coach is in his first full season with the club, having been appointed last June.

He famously guided Sheffield Eagles to Wembley victory over Wigan in 1998, and later won the prestigious competition with Hull seven years later over Leeds in Cardiff.

Widnes themselves are seven-times Challenge Cup winners.

Liam Finn’s Dewsbury defeated fellow League 1 outfit Rochdale Hornets 38-18 in the third round to cement their place in the next stage. The Rams lost to Wigan in the first Wembley final in 1929.

The winner of the tie will travel to either London Broncos or Doncaster in the fifth round, with both round draws having taken place earlier this month.

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