Last week at the home of Leeds Rhinos the 2023 season officially came to an end as England defeat Tonga to complete the Test Series between the two at the newly named AMT Headingley Stadium.
It has been a season to remember for some and to forget for others. Wigan Warriors will be delighted after being crowned Super League Champions and ending St Helens’ four year reign as Super League Champions.
It was a year that will never be forgotten for the Challenge Cup winners and newly renamed Leigh Leopards whilst their Wembley opponents Hull KR excelled as well.
For the likes of Leeds Rhinos, Hull FC and Huddersfield Giants and to some extent Warrington Wolves, it was a year to forget. Preparations are already underway however at these clubs to rectify those wrongs in the 2024 season whilst the likes of Wigan are looking to stay on top.
But the road to glory is about to be made clearer with some big decisions to be made about the 2024 Super League season.
Serious About Rugby League understands that a decision is set to be made on the Magic Weekend. It is being considered moving the event to August Bank Holiday weekend with the Magic Weekend and Challenge Cup Final essentially swapping places. IMG initially considered abandoning the concept entirely and its future is still unclear as is where it will be held should the concept still exist in 2024.
There isn’t long for these decisions to be finalised with the fixtures set to be released week commencing 20th November. Decisions also need to be made regarding the Challenge Cup format and when games will take place with every fixture to be broadcast by Sky Sports in 2024.
On this, previously Rhodri Jones, RL Commercial Managing Director, said:
“Super League’s partnership with Sky Sports has been constantly evolving since the competition was launched in 1996, and we are excited to have confirmed this significant extension which will lift that partnership, and the Super League itself, to a new level.
“To have all six fixtures in every round of the men’s Super League televised will offer major new opportunities for RL Commercial and our clubs, as well as allowing supporters to watch many more matches – and also making it possible for us to have video referees at all matches, a truly significant development for the Super League competition.