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“Shoot ourselves in the foot” – Super League star reacts to controversial Magic Weekend changes

It was announced yesterday by the RFL that Magic Weekend would be moving from it’s Newcastle home of St James Park to Leeds and Elland Road, and it’s a move that has caused some controversy.

St James Park had hosted the event annually since 2015 barring one year in Liverpool and one cancelled year, however having hosted the event seven times it’s now been displaced.

Due to the RFL restructuring the calendar to make the Challenge Cup finish earlier, Magic has thus been kicked further into the year and will now take place in August as opposed to late May.

Because the Premier League season starts in early August it meant that Newcastle could no longer host the event, marking the need for a move however Elland Road was an unexpected choice.

Some would argue it gives Leeds Rhinos a home advantage, despite the game not being played in their stadium but because it is in their home city, whilst others have critiqued the venue in itself.

The criticism hasn’t been limited to fans though with some players getting involved in the reaction on social media.

Ryan Brierley, fresh off his new deal with Salford Red Devils, took to X to express disappointment at the decision.

Brierley shared the news, posting: “Whilst the NRL are having a round in Las Vegas. Shoot ourselves in the foot time after time.”

Of course the Salford full-back is referencing the NRL openers being played in the city of sin, Vegas hosting both Manly Sea Eagles versus South Sydney Rabbitohs and Sydney Roosters versus Brisbane Broncos.

Former Super League official Richard Silverwood was also one to take to X, formerly Twitter, to express confusion at the decision as called it ‘bizarre’.

Silverwood reacted: “Who actually makes these decisions. I love Leeds United and Elland Road but this is just bizarre. New exciting venues and cities is what is needed. I’m going Dublin in a few weeks, that would have been an outstanding weekend. Edinburgh, Cardiff, London or Liverpool better.”

Bradford Bulls star Jordan Lilley was another to question the decision, asking: “Would love to know the idea behind this. How does this appeal to fans in any way shape or form?”

The split of the fixtures had also got some fans confused with five of the highest attended clubs all set to play on Saturday as Hull FC faced London Broncos, Wigan set to play St Helens and local side Leeds face off with Warrington.

One fan joked: “Sunday will be interesting for the attendance.”

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