Super League have announced that the 2021 Super League season will commence on Friday 26 March.
The season will kick-off with six games live on Sky Sports Arena across the weekend of 26-28 March. Super League club season ticket holders will also be able to watch their teams game via Our League and clubs will be in contact with details of how to access this ahead of the season.
The double header fixtures will be played behind closed doors on consecutive days, and in line with current Government protocols, at Emerald Headingley Stadium, Leeds.
In a change to the initial 2021 format, the revised structure will now see teams compete over 25 rounds, including Magic Weekend.
The Super League Grand Final will take place as originally scheduled at Old Trafford on Saturday, 9 October. The change in format is due to the two-week delay from the original 11 March start date announced in December 2020.
Magic Weekend remains part of the calendar for 2021, however due to on-going Covid-19 crowd restrictions at sporting events, the proposed date for the St James’ Park showpiece, has been moved to 4-5 September.
On the announcement Rhodri Jones, Super League chief commercial officer said: “With the start of the season a little over a month away, Super League would like to thank all our clubs, Sky Sports, our partners and the RFL for their tireless work in helping us make these announcements today.
“We look forward to continuing to work together throughout the 2021 season to deliver what promises to be another fantastic season.
“We will continue to work with all of our stakeholders to ensure that we are ready to deliver the return of fans in a safe and secure way.”
Round 1, Emerald Headingley Stadium (all games live on Sky Sports Arena);
FRIDAY, 26 MARCH (both games live on Sky Sports Main Event and Arena)
St Helens vs. Salford Red Devils (6pm)
Leigh Centurions vs. Wigan Warriors (8.15pm)
SATURDAY, 27 MARCH (both games live on Sky Sports Main Event and Arena)
Wakefield Trinity vs. Leeds Rhinos, (3pm)
Catalans Dragons vs. Hull KR, (5.15pm)
SUNDAY, 28 MARCH (both games live on Sky Sports Mix and Arena)
Hull FC vs. Huddersfield Giants, (12.30pm)
Castleford Tigers v Warrington Wolves, (2.45pm)