With the fixtures for the upcoming Super League season having been released yesterday, we look at the opening weekend and other big games throughout the season.
The Champions Wigan Warriors face a tough start to the season as they travel to St Helens to kick-start their title defence against their nearest rivals on Thursday January 31st.
That isn’t the only derby on the opening weekend though, as Hull KR and Hull FC go head-to-head at KCOM Craven Park under the Friday Night Lights.
This will be one of a triple header of fixtures on the Friday as Challenge Cup Winners, Catalans Dragons, are away for their first round fixture as they travel to The Jungle to take on the ever improving Castleford Tigers.
The final game on the Friday night is Huddersfield Giants vs Salford Red Devils.
Last seasons beaten Grand Finalists and Challenge Cup Finalists Warrington Wolves welcome the Leeds Rhinos to the Halliwell Jones stadium for the third and final televised game of the weekend on Saturday afternoon.
Newly-promoted London don’t get an easy start either, as they welcome Wakefield to Ealing on the stand-alone fixture on the Sunday afternoon.
This is a huge opening weekend and on paper is not easy for any team.
In Round Two, Wigan’s fixtures don’t get any easier as they welcomes Leeds Rhinos to the DW Stadium before they then welcome NRL Premiers, Sydney Roosters, for the following weekend’s World Club Challenge.
Hull FC, Catalans, Salford and Wakefield all get a home fixture in round two as Castleford, Huddersfield, London and St Helens each team respectively.
However, Leeds, will not have a home game until round five, due to ongoing work at Headlingley. They welcome Wakefield to their new and improved home.
Two Round 10 games take place between rounds two and three as Hull KR welcome London Broncos and Leeds Rhinos travel to Salford as they enter the Challenge Cup earlier than last season’s top eight sides.
The re-match of last seasons Challenge Cup Final takes place live on Sky Sports in Round 4 as the Warrington Wolves travel to Catalans on March 2nd.
Last season’s grand final is then repeated just two weeks later as the Wolves and the Warriors go head to head on Friday March 15th.
The West Yorkshire derby between Castleford and Wakefield renews itself in Round 11 with The Jungle set to be rocking on Thursday April 18th.
Good Friday also see’s the reverse of the Round 1 derbies between Wigan and Saints and also the Hull Derby between the Robins and the Airlie Birds.
Easter Monday’s stand out fixtures see Wakefield welcome Leeds and Castleford travel over to Perpignan to face the Dragons.
Magic Weekend will take place on Round 16, but none of the teams are yet to find out who they will face.
Rounds 11, 18 and 26, sees the return of the non-heartland derby between Catalans and London.
Round 20 is also a huge weekend, as the third Hull derby of the season will take place and it round 22, Saint and Wigan will also meet for a third time.
The final round of the season sees Huddersfield face Catalans, Hull FC versus St Helens, Leeds welcoming Warrington, Castleford travelling to Wigan, the Red Devils taking on Hull KR and Wakefield will look to overcome London.
All of the 2019 Super League fixtures can be found here.