Rugby league is back!
Rubgy league is set to return after its suspension due to the coronavirus pandemic, with Huddersfield Giants taking part in a trio of matches to welcome back the Super League on August 2nd.
Giants will play Leeds Rhinos at 6:30pm in the third of three consecutive matches that also include Hull KR v Toronto Wolfpack and St Helens v Catalans Dragons.
All the matches will be played at one venue that is yet to be announced.
A full slate of fixtures will then take place the following weekend, part of 15 rounds of games that will lead to a top four playoff and eventually the Grand Final in late November.
All matches will take place without fans present until government advice says that it is safe for them to return. The League's executive chairman, Robert Elstone said in a statement:
“Above all we know that fans want to get back into grounds to support their teams. We will continue to follow government advice and work alongside the RFL, clinical advisors and ground safety personnel to ensure that when that time comes, Super League is ready to welcome back its fans at the first opportunity.”
“Whilst the recent government announcements underline increasing optimism, the pandemic remains unpredictable. Our final fixture schedule needs to respond to opportunities that will unfold over the coming weeks and accordingly, full details of fixtures, venues and season structure will be confirmed as they become known”.
Huddersfield sit fifth in the Super League table on seven points, two points behind leaders Wigan and level on points with their first opponents, Leeds. Rhinos and Giants have both played just five matches so far this season whilst those above them in the table have all played seven.