Championship and League One fixtures revealed including which games will feature on Premier Sports

Next year’s Championship and League One fixtures were revealed today.

Next year, the Championship should be at its absolute best with a number of sides recruiting wisely ahead of the new season as well as the exciting new TV deal with Premier Sports and the first live game to be shown on a Monday Night by Premier Sports will be a battle between two of the early season favourites for promotion as York City Knights host Brian McDermott’s Featherstone Rovers in what should be a huge encounter.

Another of the favourites for promotion, Leigh Centurions, kick the season off on the 29th January when they host Whitehaven. This fixture and the battle between York and Leigh sandwiches the five games on Sunday. At 3pm Championship new boys Barrow host Sheffield, Batley take on another of the promotion favourites in the shape of Halifax in a Yorkshire derby, Dewsbury begin the season against Bradford in another Yorkshire derby whilst two former Super League sides meet when a new look London side host Widnes Vikings.

Meanwhile, at 2pm on Sunday 30th another of the Championship’s new teams, Workington, play host to Newcastle Thunder who have signed a number of exciting players including former Super League Grand Finalist Alex Foster.

Championship Opening Fixtures

Dewsbury Rams v Bradford Bulls
Leigh Centurions v Whitehaven
Barrow Raiders v Sheffield Eagles
Batley Bulldogs v Halifax Panthers
London Broncos v Widnes Vikings
Workington Town v Newcastle Thunder
York City Knights v Featherstone Rovers

Meanwhile League One kicks off at the end of March when London Skolars host Hunslet on the 26th. Then on the 27th relegated Oldham host Keighley whilst the other side who slipped out of the Championship last season, Swinton, host West Wales. The other Welsh side, North Wales Crusaders journey over to Rochdale in Round One whilst Doncaster take on Midlands Hurricanes. Midlands are a new name in the competition after their rebrand bidding farewell to the title Coventry Bears. The other new team, Cornwall, enjoy a bye in week one.

League One Opening Fixtures

London Skolars v Hunslet
Doncaster v Midlands Hurricanes
Oldham v Keighley Cougars
Rochdale Hornets v North Wales Crusaders
Swinton Lions v West Wales Raiders

That was all confirmed yesterday, today the RFL confirmed the fixtures for the rest of the season including the opening 12 games to feature on Premier Sports reminding fans of the 40% off season ticket holders can enjoy when purchasing a subscription to watch their favourite teams battle on Monday nights.

Featherstone feature in the two opening Monday night games taking on two of the fellow favourites for promotion in the shape of York away and Leigh at home. The Centurions will then be tasked with taking on a former Super League side in the shape of Bradford who’ll also be eyeing up a place in the play-offs. Their meeting on Valentine’s Day will be anything but loving as the two renew the rivalry which was once the centre-piece of the Championship back in 2015.

Leigh will also take on another side tipped for big things in 2022 when they journey over to Halifax on Monday 21st March. The game will be Halifax’s first game on a Monday night in 2022 and a week later there’ll be another first when Newcastle host Widnes. Newcastle have also made some exciting moves ahead of 2022 and could push for a play-off place.

In April we’ll be treated to a West Yorkshire derby when Bradford host Featherstone on April 25th. After that there’s just one more month of confirmed Premier Sports fixtures with Sheffield’s battle with Leigh wrapping up the first 12 games to be shown in this exciting new deal.

The first 12 Premier Sports fixtures:

Monday January 31 – York v Featherstone
Monday February 7 – Featherstone v Leigh
Monday February 14 – Leigh v Bradford
Monday February 21 – Dewsbury v Widnes
Monday March 7 – Widnes v Barrow
Monday March 21 – Halifax v Leigh
Monday April 4 – Newcastle v Widnes
Sunday April 17 – Whitehaven v Workington Town
Monday April 25 – Bradford v Featherstone
Monday May 2 – Barrow v York
Monday May 16 – Batley v Leigh
Monday May 23 – Sheffield v Widnes

Turning to the final round of fixtures in the Championship, Round 27, there’s a few huge games including a Yorkshire derby between two teams expected to finish in the top four as Halifax and Featherstone do battle. This game could have a huge impact on the race for top spot as the other favourites for success in the shape of Leigh and York host Batley and Workington respectively.

Championship Round 27:

Sheffield v Dewsbury
Bradford v Widnes
Halifax v Featherstone
Leigh v Batley
London v Barrow
Whitehaven v Newcastle
York v Workington

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