Su­per League restart fix­tures to be staged at just two venues

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The home grounds of Leeds and St He­lens will be the only venues in use for the first weeks of the Su­per League sea­son next month.

Su­per League has been on hold for four months be­cause of coro­n­avirus but re­turns from Aug 2 with three games at Head­in­g­ley, which will wel­come all 12 teams for six fix­tures be­hind closed doors the fol­low­ing week­end.

Toronto take on Hud­der­s­field, Castle­ford play Cata­lans Drag­ons and Warrington have been paired with Hull KR on Aug 8, while Sal­ford-Hull, Wake­field-Wi­gan and a mouth­wa­ter­ing tus­sle be­tween St He­lens and Leeds takes place the fol­low­ing day.

The To­tally Wicked Sta­dium will host round nine on Aug 15-16, with Su­per League say­ing the de­ci­sion to keep to two venues for now of­fers greater con­trol for the safety and well-be­ing of all in­volved.

The venues be­yond the first two weeks are still to be con­firmed and though there will be no crowds ini­tially, Su­per League says the topic will be “re­viewed as the sea­son pro­gresses”. A four-team play-off sched­ule will take place in mid-to-late Novem­ber, with the Grand Fi­nal to be held at the end of the month.

Test­ing pro­to­cols are up and run­ning, al­low­ing play­ers to re­turn to train­ing by the end of next week, ahead of a de­mand­ing month in which all 21 fix­tures will be broad­cast live by Sky Sports.

Robert El­stone, the Su­per League ex­ec­u­tive chair­man, said: “We were pleased to be able to con­firm a restart date – but fans want to know who their team is play­ing and when. It hasn’t been easy.”

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