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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.

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.”

Fixtures in full

Opener                                                                                      

Sunday April 9 Leeds Rhinos v York Valkyrie (Headingley Stadium, KO TBC)                                                                       

Round 1 – Sunday April 16         

Group 1

Huddersfield Giants v Leeds Rhinos, 2pm

Warrington Wolves v Wigan Warriors, 2pm                                     

York Valkyrie v St Helens, 3pm

Group 2

Bradford Bulls v Leigh Leopards, 5.15pm             

Castleford Tigers v Salford Red Devils, 2pm                                                                                               

Featherstone Rovers v Barrow Raiders, 12noon

                                          

Round Two                                                                                             

Group 1

Friday May 26: Leeds v St Helens (Headingley Stadium, 5.30pm)

Sunday, May 28

Huddersfield Giants v Wigan Warriors, 2pm

York Valkyrie v Warrington Wolves (KO TBC)

Group 2                                                                                                    

Barrow Raiders v Bradford Bulls Craven Park, 2pm           

Featherstone Rovers v Castleford Tigers Millennium Stadium, 12noon

Salford Red Devils v Leigh Leopards, 12noon                                   

                                                                                                    

Round Three                                                                                           

Sunday June 11

Group 1

Huddersfield Giants v Warrington Wolves, 2pm

St Helens v Wigan Warriors, 1pm

Group 2

Barrow Raiders v Castleford Tigers, 12noon

Bradford Bulls v Salford Red Devils, 5.15pm                                                                                

Leigh Leopards v Featherstone Rovers, 2pm                                    

                                                                                                    

Round 4                                                                                                   

Sunday, July 2

Group 1

St Helens v Huddersfield Giants, 1pm                   

Warrington Wolves v Leeds Rhinos, 2pm                                                                      

York Valkyrie v Wigan Warriors, 12noon

Group 2                                                                                                    

Barrow Raiders v Leigh Leopards, 12noon                                                                    

Bradford Bulls v Castleford Tigers, 5.15pm                                                                   

Featherstone Rovers v Salford Red Devils, 12noon                                                     

                                                                                                    

Round 5                                                                                                   

Sunday July 9

Group 1

Huddersfield Giants v York Valkyrie, 2pm

Warrington Wolves v St Helens, 2pm                                                

Wigan Warriors v Leeds Rhinos, 12noon

Group 2                                                                                                    

Castleford Tigers v Leigh Leopards, 2pm

Featherstone Rovers v Bradford Bulls, 12noon                                                                                         

Salford Red Devils v Barrow Raiders, 12noon

 

Round 6                                                                                                   

Sunday July 16

Group 1

Wigan Warriors v Warrington Wolves, 12noon                                                            

York Valkyrie v Leeds Rhinos, 12noon

Group 2                                                                       

Barrow Raiders Featherstone Rovers, 12noon

Leigh Leopards v Bradford Bulls Twist Lane, 2pm                                                        

Salford Red Devils v Castleford Tigers, 12noon             

                                                              

Round 7                                                                                                   

Group 1

Friday July 28                                               

St. Helens v York Valkyrie, 5.30pm                                                                    

Sunday July 30

Warrington Wolves v Huddersfield Giants, 2pm

                                                         

Round 8                                                                                                   

Sunday August 6

Group 1

Leeds Rhinos v Huddersfield Giants, 12.30pm

Warrington Wolves v York Valkyrie, 2pm

Wigan Warriors v St Helens, 12noon

Group 2                                                                                     

Castleford Tigers v Barrow Raiders, 2pm

Featherstone Rovers v Leigh Leopards, 12noon

Salford Red Devils v Bradford Bulls, 12noon                      

                                                        

Round 9                                                                                                   

Sunday August 20

Group 1

Huddersfield Giants v St Helens, 2pm                                 

Leeds Rhinos v Warrington Wolves, 12.30pm

Wigan Warriors v York Valkyrie, 12noon

Group 2                                                                                                    

Bradford Bulls v Barrow Raiders, 5.15pm             

Castleford Tigers v Featherstone Rovers, 2pm                                                                                          

Leigh Leopards v Salford Red Devils, 2pm  

 

Round 10                                                                                                 

Sunday September 3

Group 1

St Helens v Leeds Rhinos, 1pm

Wigan Warriors v Huddersfield Giants, 12noon

Group 2                                                                                                    

Barrow Raiders v Salford Red Devils, 2pm                                                                     

Bradford bulls v Featherstone Rovers, 5.15pm                                                                                          

Leigh Leopards v Castleford Tigers, 2pm                                                                                            

 

Round 11                                                                                                 

Friday September 8

Group 1

Leeds Rhinos v Wigan Warriors, 5.30pm

Sunday September 10

St Helens v Warrington, 1pm                                                               

York Valkyrie v Huddersfield Giants, 3pm

Group 2                                                                                                    

Castleford Tigers v Bradford Bulls, 2pm                

Leigh Leopard v Barrow Raiders, 2pm                                 

Salford Red Devils v Featherstone Rovers, 12noon



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