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Super League head coach calls for Magic Weekend to be held in Las Vegas

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Salford Red Devils head coach Paul Rowley has argued that Super League should take Magic Weekend on the road with Las Vegas the preferred destination of the 49-year-old.

This season Magic Weekend will take place in August with the event being pushed further back in the calendar but there has been talk about the future of the event generally.

With no date or venue locked in for 2025, it appears that Magic Weekend isn’t a certainty anymore despite the fact that it is a huge fan favourite.

Paul Rowley has now started calls for the event to be taken to Las Vegas, a destination that is gaining traction for rugby league as a sport. The NRL took two games there to kick the season off and it has been reported that English sides could also head there in the future.

Those calls have largely revolved around the World Club Challenge but the Salford boss has now claimed that Magic Weekend should be taken stateside.

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Speaking to Jenna Brooks and Jon Wilkin on their podcast The Bench with Jenna and JonRowley revealed that something he’d like to see in the sport would be a trip to the city of sin.

The Salford head coach has been involved in rugby league stateside before as he was coach of Toronto Wolfpack before that venture failed and he’s now advocating the need to take Super League, specifically Magic Weekend, to America.

“Take us to Vegas and have Magic Weekend in Vegas or something like that”, Rowley expressed to Brooks and Wilkin.

He explained: “We’re a partner club with West Florida Copperheads, so we have an American partner, so I want to drive going to America.

“I’m reading now about Roosters partnering up and I’m thinking we’re already doing this, but obviously NRL get it and it becomes big news.”

Sydney Roosters were one of the four NRL sides to head to Las Vegas for the season openers alongside Brisbane Broncos, South Sydney Rabbitohs and Manly Sea Eagles.

That action has clearly got Rowley keen for more as he declared: “I want Super League to get involved over in the US.

“Start with Vegas!”

The logistics of the event would certainly take some planning but if it were planned far enough in advance then fans could certainly plan for and budget for the huge trip stateside.

Back in March, Brooks revealed on Sky Sports: “The NRL kicked off in Las Vegas and RL Commerical has told me that there are no firm plans set in stone for Super League’s involvement in Las Vegas next year but there will be further discussions next month at the International Rugby League Meeting.”

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