It’s new, it’s here, it’s sport as it should be – welcome to Stobart Super League 2012.
Starting on Friday night, Europe’s top Rugby League clubs will play the first of 27 captivating rounds building towards a gripping play-off series and an epic title-deciding Grand Final at the Theatre of Dreams, Old Trafford, on Saturday October 6.
The format may be familiar but 2012 will see Super League take its reputation for innovation to new levels with a wealth of new features that will enrich the experience and enjoyment of players, supporters and TV viewers alike.
From modern, state-of-the-art facilities which put the comfort of the paying spectator first, and subtle rule changes that allow the players to better express their skill and athleticism, to new clubs, new players and a new venue for the Magic Weekend, Stobart Super League 2012 promises to be a year to remember.
Speaking at the official season launch at Old Trafford, Manchester, on Wednesday February 1, Super League Chairman Richard Lewis outlined his excitement at the start of the competition’s journey with new title sponsors, the Stobart Group.
“I’m thrilled and delighted to welcome Stobart aboard and am confident this partnership will prove to be a success for both Super League and the Stobart Group,” said Lewis.
“There are so many highlights to look forward to in 2012, not least The Magic Weekend which this year takes place at the superbly appointed Etihad Stadium in Manchester, where fans can expect to see sporting rivalry at its best.
“This is the first year of our record-breaking five-year broadcasting deal with Sky Sports, who for the first time will showcase the thrills and spills of Stobart Super League live on Monday evenings between May and August.
“The BBC Super League Show is also relaunching for 2012 with a new format and a more regular timeslot which will enable more people than ever before to regularly watch sport as it should be played.”
The Wildcats will be part of the new Monday night action, facing Champions Leeds Rhinos at home on Monday 30th July (kick-off: 8pm) in front of the Sky cameras.
Meanwhile, the round 3 fixture at Headingley Carnegie has been rescheduled for Monday 18th June (kick-off: 8pm).
The game is not currently due to be shown on Sky Sports.
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