All 14 teams will be shown live over the opening weekend of Engage Super League XVI, the 20th season of rugby league on Sky Sports.
In consultation with the RFL and the Super League clubs, Sky Sports has confirmed the first 25 live Engage Super League XVI fixtures from Rounds 1 to 14.
Live coverage begins on Saturday 12 February when Engage Super League Magic Weekend returns to the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff. The weekend after Hull will host Leeds on Friday 18 February at 8pm, followed by Castleford v Huddersfield on Saturday 19 February at 6pm. This season Sky Sports HD will broadcast a total of 58 matches from Engage Super League XVI exclusively live and in high definition. Sky Sports viewers can look forward to:
· The World Club Challenge match at the DW Stadium between Wigan Warriors and St George-Illawarra on Sunday 27 February.
· All four leading clubs from Engage Super League XV shown live twice by Round 8 and every club shown live, at least twice by Round 11.
· Bradford v Leeds, Hull FC v Hull KR, and Wigan v St Helens over Easter Weekend with Catalans at home to Bradford on Easter Monday.
· Exclusively live coverage of every Play-off match plus the Engage Super League Grand Final from Old Trafford.
Announcing the new fixtures, Neville Smith, Executive Producer Sky Sports Rugby League programming said: “We have shown Rugby League on Sky Sports for 20 years and it’s been a privilege to be part of its growth. We’ve showcased innovations such as the video referee and have been the first to broadcast the game in HD and now 3D. This season explodes into life with all 14 teams being shown live in Cardiff from Millennium Magic weekend and over the weekend of the 20th anniversary of our first Rugby League broadcast we’ve got three mouth-watering matches Bradford v Leeds, Hull v Hull KR, and Wigan v St Helens, plus Catalans v Bradford on Easter Monday.”
This will be the fifth season Sky Sports has broadcast live coverage of Rugby League in HD. In addition live coverage of Engage Super League on Sky Sports will be available on Sky Player and Sky Mobile. As well as the midweek Rugby League magazine programme Boots N’ All, its bespoke online version, Boots N’ All the Tries, will be available via skysports.com.
Sky Sports will also show coverage of The Co-operative Championships as well as international matches and the annual Varsity Match between Oxford and Cambridge.
The full list of live televised fixtures for Rounds 1-14 on Sky Sports is:
Saturday 12 ROUND 1 Magic Weekend
Sunday 13 ROUND 1 Magic Weekend
Friday 18 ROUND 2 Hull v Leeds
Saturday 19 ROUND 2 Castleford v Huddersfield
Friday 25 ROUND 3 St Helens v Warrington
Saturday 26 ROUND 3 Crusaders v Bradford
Sunday 27 World Club Challenge Wigan v St. George-Illawarra
Friday 4 ROUND 4 Harlequins v Huddersfield
Saturday 5 ROUND 4 Warrington v Leeds
Friday 11 ROUND 5 Wakefield v Warrington
Saturday 12 ROUND 5 Castleford v Catalans
Friday 18 ROUND 6 Leeds v St Helens (TBC)
Saturday 19 ROUND 6 Match TBC
Friday 25 ROUND 7 Wigan v Warrington
Saturday 26 ROUND 7 Hull KR v Huddersfield
Friday 1 ROUND 8 Leeds v Wigan
Saturday 2 ROUND 8 Salford v Crusaders
Friday 8 ROUND 9 Huddersfield v Warrington
Saturday 9 ROUND 9 Hull KR v Leeds
Friday 15 ROUND 10 St Helens v Wakefield
Saturday 16 ROUND 10 Salford v Bradford
Thursday 21 ROUND 11 Bradford v Leeds
Good Friday 22 ROUND 11 Hull v Hull KR
Good Friday 22 ROUND 11 Wigan v St Helens
Easter Monday 25 ROUND 12 Catalans v Bradford
Friday 29 ROUND 13 Castleford v Leeds
Saturday 30 ROUND 13 Harlequins v Salford
Friday 13 ROUND 14 Warrington v Castleford
Saturday 14 ROUND 14 Huddersfield v St Helens
All live Sky Sports matches from the Engage Super League kick off on Fridays at 8pm and Saturdays at 6pm unless otherwise specified. All matches are subject to change.