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• First Utility Super League

The most exciting era in the history of Rugby League since the sport switched to summer in 1996 will kick off with six fixtures in a new-look First Utility Super League over the weekend of February 5-8 2015.

The sports flagship competition features 12 clubs from next season, when a league structure allowing for the return of promotion and relegation will ensure that every minute of every match in every competition matters.

Super League General Manager Blake Solly said: “2015 is going to be a momentous year, not just for the First Utility Super League but every Rugby League supporter and there is already a huge sense of anticipation ahead of the new season.

“The league structure allows for changes that will bring unprecedented levels of excitement, drama and jeopardy to a game that has an unrivalled ability to deliver world class sporting action.

“Our very own ‘Ryder Cup of Rugby League’, the World Club Series, a fantastic trip to Newcastle for Magic Weekend, the Super 8s, Million Pound Game and, of course, the Grand Final all make for what I am sure will be a compelling year.”

St Helens will begin their defence of the title they famously clinched at Old Trafford last week with a home fixture against Catalans Dragons on Friday February 6 in front of the Sky Sports cameras.

Wigan Warriors, the 2014 runners-up, get the new season underway with the opening televised fixture at Widnes Vikings on Thursday February 5 whilst Challenge Cup holders Leeds Rhinos head to Hull Kingston Rovers in one of four fixtures staged on Sunday February 8.

Elsewhere Castleford Tigers entertain local rivals Wakefield Trinity Wildcats, Huddersfield Giants host Hull FC and Salford Red Devils travel to Warrington Wolves.

Later in the month, Super League’s three top clubs of 2014, St Helens, Wigan Warriors and Warrington Wolves go head to head with NRL sides South Sydney Rabbitohs, Brisbane Broncos and St George-Illawarra in the World Club Series.

Other highlights in the domestic fixture schedule include a tasty East Yorkshire derby at Easter for Hull FC versus Hull KR and Wigan meeting St Helens on Good Friday in a repeat of the 2014 Grand Final.

Magic Weekend 2015 will take place at St James’ Park, Newcastle, where six Round 16 fixtures will be played on Saturday May 30 and Sunday May 31. Full details of the Magic Weekend matches, including ticket availability will be announced on Monday November 17.

The top eight Super League clubs from 2014 will enter the Challenge Cup at the sixth round stage over the weekend of May 17-18, one round later than in previous years; the clubs that finished last season in ninth to 12th places will enter the Cup in Round 5. The 2015 Challenge Cup final will be played at Wembley Stadium on Saturday August 29.

• Take the Trip of a Lifetime

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• Bumper Crowds for Manchester Magic


The upper tier of the East Stand at Etihad Stadium has been opened for the opening day of Magic Weekend to meet the massive demand for tickets from Rugby League fans.

From today, a further 2,500 tickets have gone on sale for the sporting spectacular which sees a full round of First Utility Super League fixtures played at one venue over two days on May 17 and 18.

• 2014 Magic Weekend promises extraordinary action


Seven extraordinary matches, 14 elite clubs, one world class venue – it can only be the Super League Magic Weekend, which returns to the Etihad Stadium, Manchester on Saturday May 17 and Sunday May 18 2014.

Magic Weekend 2014 features four matches on the Saturday and three on the Sunday at the home of Manchester City, which plays host to the event for the third successive year.

• Getting The Message Out

“They’re applying the tourniquet” Stevo nonsensically rambles as Hull apply some mild pressure to The Catalans line. This being the latest addition to the Stevo Bingo repertoire to be filed alongside ‘Hitting terra firma’ and “Second Stanza”. The list is endless. The script is old.

• Robins Ready for 2014

Hull Kingston Rovers Chairman Neil Hudgell said he was happy with the club’s progress and described 2013 as ‘largely positive’ after the Robins finished their regular Super League season in the final playoff spot.

Craven Park has seen many changes both on and off the field recently as the club continues to reshape itself ahead of next season.

• State of Mind to take over Super League Round 25

State of Mind will take over Super League for Round 25 to help raise awareness of mental health issues, tackle stigma and signpost the support available to Rugby League players and fans.

The themed round kicks-off in front of the Sky Sports TV cameras on Thursday August 15, when Warrington Wolves host Widnes Vikings.

Followed 24 hours later by defending champions Leeds Rhinos against Hull KR, in what should be another thrilling fixture televised by Sky Sports.

• Saints beat Wigan in derby thriller

St Helens fought off a late comeback to beat arch rivals Wigan Warriors 22-16 in a thrilling game at Langtree Park.

Wigan, without the mercurial Sam Tomkins, missed the opportunity to take the top spot in the Super League table as Saints battled back to move up to 23 points in seventh place.

A superb late try from Joe Greenwood secured the win for the home side after the lead changed hands on a number of occasions throughout the 80 minutes.

• Hull hold off Catalan to achieve second semi final spot

Hull FC secured their spot in the semi-finals of the Challenge Cup with a hard fought 24-13 win against the Catalan Dragons at the Stade Gilbert Brutus

In an error-strewn game played in blistering heat in the south of France Hull took the lead after 20 minutes with a try from Shannon McDonnell before Eloi Pelissier scored for the home side.

• Last Gasp Winners – Round 21, Round Up

It was a weekend of interesting, rather than mouth-watering, fixtures. The highlight looked as though it might be the Warrington Wolves at home to the Leeds Rhinos, but with the Rhinos still carrying a long injury list you feared for their chances.

Bradford Bulls travelled to Wigan Warriors seeking to condemn them to a third consecutive loss, and before the match you’d have given the London Broncos no chance of getting close to the Catalans Dragons.

Salford Reds were over in Hull playing KR and there looked to be only one winner as the Huddersfield Giants visited the other side of Hull, to play FC. The Castleford Tigers were seeking a continuation of their Powell rebirth against St. Helens, and Monday nights game saw the Widnes Vikings visit Wakefield Wildcats.