REPORT: LIONS EARN PRE-SEASON VICTORY OVER WOLVES
2 days ago
Swinton Lions completed their pre-season preparations ahead of the 2020 Betfred Championship campaign with a victory over a youthful Warrington Wolves side.
06 January 2020
The RFL has confirmed the Our League app schedule for February and March, which will include live video coverage of the Lions’ home game against Leigh Centurions on March 1.
The Rugby Football League announced their opening schedule for their Our League app coverage in 2020 – including the Lions’ Betfred Championship round four fixture against Leigh Centurions at Heywood Road on Sunday, March 1.
The meeting between Stuart Littler and John Duffy’s sides will be the first time the Lions have been shown live on the app.
The Toulouse-York game on February 1 will be the first of 15 Championship fixtures available live to Our League members in the first five months of the season leading up to the Summer Bash in Blackpool at the end of May – eight of them in a Sunday evening slot (6:15pm kick-off) which has already proved a winner with Rugby League fans.
Five Betfred League 1 fixtures have also been selected for live coverage – including London Skolars’ home match against North Wales Crusaders on Sunday February 29 which will be played at Allianz Park, the home of Saracens RUFC, as the first part of a double-header also including Toronto Wolfpack’s home Betfred Super League fixture against St Helens.
The majority of weekends through the season Our League will cover two live fixtures, with the Sunday evening Championship matches complemented by Sunday lunchtime or afternoon games from either the Championship, League 1, the Betfred Women’s Super League, the Coral Challenge Cups or the AB Sundecks 1895 Cup.
As previously announced by the RFL, Our League’s 2020 coverage will begin with the Coral Challenge Cup Round One tie between the RAF and Bentley ARLFC from Lincolnshire on Sunday January 12.
Mark Foster, the RFL’s Chief Commercial Officer, said: “We’ve worked hard through the autumn, especially with our broadcast partners Sky Sports and the Championship and League 1 clubs, to find the best way to build on the progress we made with Our League last season.
“So we’re excited to be able to announce such a comprehensive and attractive package of fixtures for the first five months of the 2020 season from January to May, covering six competitions also including the Betfred Women’s Super League, the Coral Women’s Challenge Cup, the AB Sundecks 1895 Cup and kicking off with the Coral Challenge Cup.
“Playing the big games on a Sunday evening, we avoid clashes with Sky Sports’ extensive coverage of the Betfred Super League. We think it’s the perfect time for us to show the quality of the Betfred Championship to a wider audience, and we’re grateful to our broadcast partners and to the Championship and League 1 clubs, who will be contributing a small percentage of their central distribution for the 2020 season to allow all this to happen.
“We also saw last season a growing audience for the Our League coverage of the Betfred Women’s Super League and Coral Women’s Challenge Cup, and we’ll be providing further details of that when the BWSL fixtures are announced next weekend.”
When signing up on the OuRLeague app, ensure you select the Lions as your club to receive information on the club from the RFL.
OUR LEAGUE LIVE FIXTURES, JANUARY 12 – MAY 31
Saturday February 1 – Toulouse Olympique v York City Knights (5pm GMT)
Sunday February 9 – Featherstone Rovers v Halifax (615pm)
Sunday February 16 – Whitehaven v Oldham (615pm)
Sunday March 1 – SWINTON LIONS v Leigh Centurions (3pm), Dewsbury Rams v Widnes Vikings (615pm)
Sunday March 8 – Bradford Bulls v Sheffield Eagles (615pm)
Sunday March 22 – York City Knights v Featherstone Rovers (3pm)
Sunday March 29 – Oldham v York City Knights (3pm), Batley Bulldogs v Bradford Bulls (615pm)
Easter Monday (April 13) – Whitehaven v Leigh Centurions (3pm)
Wednesday April 15 – Widnes Vikings v Bradford Bulls (730pm)
Sunday April 19 – Halifax v Widnes Vikings (615pm)
Sunday April 26 – Leigh Centurions v Toulouse Olympique (3pm)
Sunday May 3 – York City Knights v Widnes Vikings (615pm)
Sunday May 17 – Bradford Bulls v Leigh Centurions (615pm)
Betfred League 1
Sunday February 16 – Workington Town v London Skolars (3pm)
Saturday February 29 – London Skolars v North Wales Crusaders (3pm, Allianz Park)
Sunday March 8 – Rochdale Hornets v Keighley Cougars (3pm)
Sunday May 17 – Barrow Raiders v Newcastle Thunder (3pm)
Friday May 22 – Newcastle Thunder v Doncaster (tbc)
Coral Challenge Cup
Sunday January 12 – Round One – RAF v Bentley (130pm)
January 25-26 – Round Two tie tbc
February 8-9 – Round Three tie tbc
February 22-23 – Round Four tie tbc
March 14-15 – Round Five tie tbc
Coral Women’s Challenge Cup
Sunday March 1 – Round One tie tbc
Sunday March 22 – Round Two tie tbc
Sunday April 5 – Round Three tie tbc
Sunday April 26 – Round Four tie tbc
Sunday May 10 – Semi Finals
Betfred Women’s Super League – fixtures to be published Sunday January 12
Sunday March 29 – Opening round fixture tbc
Sunday April 19 – Fixture tbc
Sunday May 3 – Fixture tbc
Sunday May 17 – Fixture tbc
AB Sundecks 1895 Cup
Sunday April 19 – Round One tie tbc
Wednesday April 29 – Round Two tie tbc
Wednesday May 13 – Quarter Final tie tbc