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Super League confirms fixture reshuffle

Super League has confirmed it has reshuffled this weekend’s fixtures following the news that eight members of Hull FC’s playing and coaching staff tested positive for Covid-19.

The positive tests have resulted in the Black and Whites, and their opponents from last weekend Salford, postponing both training and their upcoming games against Castleford and Catalans respectively while players self isolate.

In response, the fixtures have now been changed and will see the Dragons take on Wakefield on Saturday, while the Tigers will now face St Helens on Sunday.

The other two fixtures, Huddersfield v Warrington and Wigan v Leeds, will still take place, however the latter game has been moved to Sunday. Here is the updated fixture schedule, with all fixtures still to be played at St Helens’ Totally Wicked Stadium:

Saturday 15th

4.15pm – Wakefield Trinity v Catalans Dragons

6.30pm – Huddersfield Giants v Warrington Wolves

Sunday 16th

4.15pm – St Helens v Castleford Tigers

6.30pm – Wigan Warriors v Leeds Rhinos

On the changes, Super League executive chairman Robert Elstone said: “Throughout this crisis our priority has been to ensure we minimise any risk, and the postponement of this weekend’s scheduled fixtures involving Hull FC and Salford underlines that approach.

“It left us with another challenging situation, but it is a credit to the solidarity of the Betfred Super League clubs who agreed to adjust the fixture list at such short notice.

“We also appreciate the ongoing support and flexibility of our broadcast partner, and are pleased that we remain able to present four great Super League fixtures this weekend, all live on Sky Sports.”

The rescheduling of the St Helens v Castleford fixture leaves a gap in the Round 16 programme, which will now be filled by the St Helens v Wakefield match which had been due for this weekend.

A new date will also be found for Catalans’ home game against Wakefield, which had also been due to be played in Round 16. Those details, along with those regarding the Hull v Castleford and Salford v Catalans matches which had been due this weekend, will be announced when confirmed.

The RFL will make a further announcement as soon as possible regarding the Coral Challenge Cup Sixth Round ties scheduled for Saturday week, August 22 – when Hull FC are due to play Castleford Tigers.

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