Leeds Rhinos will launch their defence of the Betfred Women’s Super League with a repeat of the 2022 Grand Final against the renamed York Valkyrie at Headingley on Easter Sunday, April 9.
The match will be the first part of a double header, followed by the Rhinos men taking on Huddersfield Giants at 6pm.
The Rhinos are set for double headers throughout the season with the men following the women in an exciting new beginning.
That is a stand-alone opening fixture for the BWSL season, with the other 10 clubs kicking off on Sunday April 16 – when York have another heavyweight clash against St Helens, the 2022 Betfred Women’s Challenge Cup winners, at the LNER Community Stadium.
Other highlights of that round will see Warrington Wolves making their debut in Group One with a derby against Wigan Warriors, and away matches for the two new names in Group Two – as Salford Red Devils travel to Castleford Tigers, and Leigh Leopards face Bradford Bulls at Odsal.
That will set the scene for England’s Mid-Season International against France in Warrington on April 29, and the group stage of the Betfred Women’s Challenge Cup will then take centre stage for a month before the BWSL returns on Friday May 26 with another blockbuster at Headingley, as Leeds face St Helens.
Also that weekend, York Valkyrie will face Warrington as part of the Betfred Championship’s Summer Bash at the LNER Community Stadium.
The last round of regular season games is on the weekend of September 8-10, after which the top four of Group One will contest Semi Finals leading to the Betfred Women’s Super League Grand Final on the weekend of October 7-8.
The team finishing top of Group Two will secure automatic promotion to the expanded eight-team BWSL in 2024, with Play-Offs to determine the second promoted team.
Fixtures for the Betfred Women’s Super League South, and the Championship and League One competitions, will be finalised soon – with the draw for the group stage of the Betfred Women’s Challenge Cup, including Cardiff Demons and London Broncos from the BWSL South and Hull KR and Oulton Raidettes from the Championship, taking place this Thursday (January 12) at Wembley, the venue for August’s Final.
Thomas Brindle, the General Manager of the BWSL, said: “There is more excitement and anticipation than ever around Women’s Rugby League in 2023, after the national impact made by England’s performances in the World Cup.
“For the BWSL to kick off with a repeat of last year’s Grand Final as part of a double header at Headingley is another first for the competition, and another big stage for a lot of those England players.
“We welcome three new names to the BWSL in 2023, following the rebrand of York Valkyrie, the new partnership between Leigh Leopards and Leigh Miners Rangers, and the rapid progress made by Salford Red Devils in their debut season in 2022.
“With Warrington building impressively for their elevation to Group One, it promises to be the most competitive season yet – and we hope to make some more exciting announcements soon about broadcast coverage.”
Round 1 – Sunday April 16
Leeds Rhinos vs. York Valkyrie – Headingley Stadium
Warrington Wolves v Wigan Warriors – Victoria Park Stadium
Huddersfield Giants v Leeds Rhinos – Huddersfield Laund Hill
York Valkyrie v St Helens – LNER Stadium – Kick off TBC
Bradford Bulls v Leigh Leopards – Odsal Stadium
Featherstone Rovers v Barrow Raiders – Millenium Stadium
Castleford Tigers v Salford Red Devils – Mend-a Hose Jungle
Round 2 – Friday May 26
Leeds v St Helens – Headingley Stadium – 17:30pm
Sunday, May 28
Huddersfield Giants v Wigan Warriors – Huddersfield Laund Hill
York Valkyrie v Warrington Wolves – LNER Stadium
Barrow Raiders v Bradford Bulls Craven Park
Salford Red Devils v Leigh Leopards – AJ Bell Stadium
Featherstone Rovers v Castleford Tigers – Millennium Stadium
Round 3 – Sunday Jun 11
St Helens v Wigan Warriors – Totally Wicked Stadium – 13.00pm
Huddersfield Giants v Warrington Wolves – Huddersfield Laund Hill – 14:00
Bradford Bulls v Salford Red Devils – Odsal Stadium
Barrow Raiders v Castleford Tigers – Craven Park – 12:00
Leigh Leopards v Featherstone Rovers – Twist Lane – 14:00
Round 4 – Sunday, Jul 2
St Helens v Huddersfield Giants – Totally Wicked Stadium – 13.00pm
Warrington Wolves vs. Leeds Rhinos – Victoria Park Stadium
York Valkyrie v Wigan Warriors – LNER Stadium
Bradford Bulls v Castleford Tigers – Odsal Stadium
Featherstone Rovers v Salford Red Devils – Millenium Stadium
Barrow Raiders v Leigh Leopards – Craven Park
Round 5 – Sunday, Jul 9
Warrington Wolves vs St Helens – Halliwell Jones – 14:00pm
Wigan Warriors v Leeds Rhinos – Robin Park Arena
Huddersfield Giants v York Valkyrie – Huddersfield Laund Hill
Featherstone Rovers v Bradford Bulls – Millenium Stadium
Castleford Tigers v Leigh Leopards – Hend-a-Hose Stadium
Salford Red Devils v Barrow Raiders – AJ Bell Stadium
Round 6 – Sunday, Jul 16
Wigan Warriors vs. Warrington Wolves – Robin Park Arena
York Valkyrie v Leeds Rhinos – LNER Stadium
Leigh Leopards v Bradford Bulls – Twist Lane
Barrow Raiders Featherstone Rovers – Craven Park
Salford Red Devils v Castleford Tigers – AJ Bell Stadium
Round 7 – Friday, Jul 28
St. Helens vs. York Valkyrie – Totally Wicked Stadium – 13:30pm
Sunday, Jul 30
Warrington Wolves vs Huddersfield Giants – Victoria Park Stadium – 14:00
Round 8 – Sunday, Aug 6
Wigan Warriors v St Helens – Robin Park Arena – 12:00pm
Warrington Wolves v York Valkyrie – Victoria Park Stadium
Leeds Rhinos vs Huddersfield Giants – Headingley Stadium
Salford Red Devils v Bradford Bulls – AJ Bell Stadium
Castleford Tigers v Barrow Raiders – Mend-a-Hose Stadium
Featherstone Rovers v Leigh Leopards – Millenium Stadium
Round 9 – Sunday, Aug 20
Huddersfield Giants v St Helens – Huddersfield Laund Hill – 14:00pm
Wigan Warriors v York Valkyrie – Robin Park Arena
Leeds Rhinos vs Warrington Wolves – Headingley Stadium
Bradford Bulls v Barrow Raiders – Odsal Stadium
Leigh Leopards v Salford Red Devils – Twist Lane
Castleford Tigers v Featherstone Rovers – Mend-a-Hose Stadium
Round 10 – Sunday, Sep 3
Wigan Warriors v Huddersfield Giants – Robin Park Arena
St Helens Vs Leeds Rhinos – Totally Wicked Stadium – 13:00pm
Bradford bulls v Featherstone Rovers – Odsal Stadium
Leigh Leopards v Castleford Tigers – Twist Lane – 14:00
Barrow Raiders v Salford Red Devils – Craven Park – 14:00
Round 11 – Friday, Sep 8
Leeds Rhinos vs. Wigan Warriors – Headingley Stadium
Sunday, Sep 10
St Helens v Warrington – Totally Wicked Stadium – 13:00pm
York Valkyrie v Huddersfield Giants – LNER Staidum
Castleford Tigers v Bradford Bulls – Mend-a-hose Stadium
Salford Red Devils v Featherstone Rovers – AJ Bell Stadium – 12:00
Leigh Leopard v Barrow Raiders – Twist Lane – 14:00