Magic Weekend in doubt as Super League consider options

This year’s Magic Weekend in Newcastle could be cut from the rugby league calendar.

With the country currently in ‘lockdown’ and the Super League season suspended, there are big doubts about the event which is scheduled for May 23 and May 24 at St James’ Park.

“It hasn’t been totally ruled out to date, but we’re preparing for the fact that Magic may well be a casualty of this,” Super League chief Robert Elstone explained.

Premier League football is also currently on a hiatus and with Newcastle United still having a number of home fixtures to play, any rescheduling of the event could prove difficult.

Newcastle United’s St James’ Park is scheduled to host the Magic Weekend in May. Credit: News Images

“You might look at the probability of it happening as diminishing all the time, but we haven’t ruled it out” Elstone added.

The former Everton chairman has strong football link and is also communicating with Manchester United, whose Old Trafford home hosts the Grand Final in October.

Elstone has described any major decisions at this point as “impossible to make” while the sport waits to see the scale of the epidemic and when a safe return to action can be discussed.

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