Wigan Warriors were expected to be the side walking out at Old Trafford to take on St Helens last year with stars like Bevan French and Jai Field seen as the most likely way that the Saints could find themselves dethroned as Super League Champions.
In 2023, the same is true with many seeing the Warriors as the best bet to stop the Saints from making it five Grand Final wins in a row. In another similarity with 2022, they start the season away at Hull KR.
The Robins looked impressive against Leeds Rhinos in their last pre-season friendly and have their star players back after an injury hit 2022 whilst some major signings have come through the door.
They two are set for an exciting team but can they start the season with a win?
Here’s everything you need to know ahead of the Round One clash
When Hull KR beat Leeds there were only three notable absentees. These included new signing Louis Senior from Huddersfield Giants as well as the versatile Jimmy Keinhorst and halfback Rowan Milnes.
However, none of these were confirmed as injury concerns. The Robins appear to have a clean bill of health with Lachlan Coote, Mikey Lewis and Jordan Adbull all recovering over the off-season.
New recruit Rhys Kennedy also got himself fit after off-season surgery ready for the game against Leeds.
Coote meanwhile avoided a ban after a yellow card against Leeds.
Wigan should have Liam Byrne back after he missed the win over Salford Red Devils with “a slight issue.”
Meanwhile, Patrick Mago should be available despite a back problem.
Iain Thornley has been recovering from a nasty ACL injury so won’t feature whilst new signing from Castleford Tigers Ryan Hampshire is still in recovery as well.
How to watch
The game kicks off at Craven Park at 13:00.
TV coverage starts at 12:30 on Channel 4.