Super League 2023 schedule details as key dates for new season emerge

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Super League 2023 schedule details as key dates for new season emerge

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Super League will last longer next year with double game weeks scrapped.

The Super League campaign will be spread out over a longer period next year following the remove of double game weeks. Rugby League Live has obtained details of next year's schedule, which will see the campaign last a total of 35 weeks.

Action will return to the field for the competition's 28th season on Thursday, February 16th, with the Grand Final set to take place on Saturday, October 14th. That leaves space for 27 rounds of regular league action, four Challenge Cup weekends, three rounds of play-offs and a mid-season international break, when England will return to the field for the first time after the World Cup.

A 27-round season means the return of the much-despised loop fixtures, though the removal of two 'Easter' weekends will be well-received by many. It remains unclear how Super League plans to schedule its new single-round Easter. St Helens and Leeds Rhinos will battle it out on Saturday to determine who will enter the new campaign as champions.

The Challenge Cup dates remain uncertain though the RFL has confirmed that the final will take place at Wembley on August 12th. England's mid-season international has taken place in late June during the past two seasons. The Combined Nations have acted as opponents to Shaun Wane's side and the England boss has expressed his desire to retain the fixture moving forward. Super League games will not take place on the weekend on the international fixture.

What is unclear is how the mechanics of promotion and relegation will work. League structure is one area the sport's new strategic partner, IMG, are considering. Their decision will ultimately determine how, or if, promotion and relegation will look in 2023. There have been suggestions another change to league structure, either a two divisions of ten format, or 14-team top tier, could be introduced.

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Re: Super League 2023 schedule details as key dates for new season emerge

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Every Super League club's 2023 loop fixtures based on same formula used this year


Super League will likely have loop fixtures once again in 2023. The reality is club's can't generate enough revenue on just eleven home games, with two additional home and away fixtures played this year on top of the Magic Weekend.

That looks to be the case again next year, with loop fixtures brought into the Super League calendar ahead of 2019. With the competition being 27 rounds long, the format is pretty simple.

The teams that finish in odd positions play the rest of the sides in that half of the competition and vice versa. Magic Weekend is one of the five loop fixtures.

For example: Hull FC finished 8th in 2021 so played the teams that finished in the five other even positions: St Helens (2nd), Wigan (4th), Rovers (6th), Wakefield (10th), and Toulouse (promoted as the 12th team).

Finishing 9th this year, Hull FC on the same formulas in 2023 would play the teams that finished in 1st, 3rd, 5th, 7th and 11th positions. The Magic Weekend fixture would be Warrington (9th vs 11th) with loop fixtures to come against St Helens (1st), Huddersfield (3rd), Leeds (5th) and Castleford (7th).

Based on those formulas, here are the 2023 loop fixtures for each club.

St Helens: Huddersfield (Magic Weekend), Leeds, Castleford, Hull, Warrington

Wigan: Catalans (Magic Weekend), Salford, Hull KR, Wakefield, promoted team

Huddersfield: St Helens (Magic Weekend), Leeds, Castleford, Hull, Warrington

Catalans: Wigan (Magic Weekend), Salford, Hull KR, Wakefield, promoted team

Leeds: Castleford (Magic Weekend), St Helens, Huddersfield, Hull, Warrington

Salford: Hull KR (Magic Weekend), Wigan, Catalans, Wakefield, promoted team

Castleford: Leeds (Magic Weekend), St Helens, Huddersfield, Hull, Warrington

Hull KR: Salford (Magic Weekend), Wigan, Catalans, Wakefield, promoted team

Hull FC: Warrington (Magic Weekend), St Helens, Huddersfield, Leeds, Castleford

Wakefield: Promoted team (Magic Weekend), Wigan, Catalans, Salford, Hull KR

Warrington: Hull (Magic Weekend), St Helens, Huddersfield, Leeds, Castleford

Promoted team: Wakefield (Magic Weekend), Wigan, Catalans, Salford, Hull KR

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Re: Super League 2023 schedule details as key dates for new season emerge

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Can't do first past the post with loop fixtures, so that is knocked on the head for another year.
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