2020 Super League Schedule Released
Toronto Wolfpack’s maiden Super League season is a step closer today with the release of the 2020 fixture.
Kicking off on Thursday January 30, the 2020 Betfred Super League will take place across 29 rounds, consisting of 14 home and 14 away games for each team in addition to the Magic Weekend held in Newcastle scheduled for May 23 and 24.
Due to early season weather concerns and stadium availability in Toronto, the Wolfpack’s Home Opener will come to Lamport Stadium on April 18 against Hull FC, the first clash of a three-game home stand for the transatlantic side.
The Wolfpack will host 11 of their 14 home games at The Den, excluding potential postseason fixtures, meaning every Super League team will visit Toronto in 2020. The Wolfpack’s additional three home games will take place in Europe at neutral venues in rounds one, five and eight.
Round 28 will be the final regular season fixture scheduled in Toronto, with the Wolfpack taking on Wakefield Trinity on September 5. The regular season wraps up for the Wolfpack at Totally Wicked Stadium against St Helens on Friday September 11. From there, the postseason will begin on September 20, culminating in a Grand Final locked in for October 10.
The release of the 2020 fixture means that fans can begin planning the season ahead in earnest. The Wolfpack are excited to welcome each Super League team to Canada and encourage those fans that are able to make the trip to the UK and Europe to cheer on the side.
While every clash will be just as important and historic for the Wolfpack, there are certainly some contests that jump off the page when scanning the fixture. Over 15,000 UK fans are expected to travel to Canada for Super League action this season and with so many exciting games to choose from, there will undoubtably be a similar number taking flight from Toronto to Europe.
The Wolfpack’s historic season opener against Castleford Tigers is a home game for the Toronto side but will take place as Headingley Stadium, home of Leeds Rhinos. In addition to kicking off the 2020 Season with a huge double header, the fixture will also see Wolfpack Head Coach Brian McDermott returning to the venue he called home during his time at the helm of the Rhinos.
The towering Yorkshireman took Leeds to an unprecedented four Super League titles during his tenure and is sure to receive a raucous welcome when he returns to his old stomping ground. Fans won’t have to wait long for the two sides to face off against each other, with the Wolfpack returning to Headingley in Round Six to take on the Rhinos.
Holders of 13 Challenge Cups, 11 League Championships and three World Club Challenge titles, Leeds are one of the most successful Rugby League teams worldwide and each battle with the Wolfpack will be highly anticipated. Toronto-based fans can circle Round 23 when Leeds hop the pond to tackle the Wolfpack on their home turf with the matchup scheduled for August 2.
Reigning champions St Helens in particular will have fans counting down the days until their Toronto arrival. A founding member of the Super League and in existence since 1873, the Saints are the proud holders of 12 Challenge Cups, two World Club Challenges and 14 League Championships, including the 2019 title.
The two sides will meet three times in 2020, the first of which coming in Round Five when the two sides face off in a Wolfpack home game scheduled to take place at Allianz Park, home of Saracens Rugby Union. This will be the first time the premier Club has hosted a Rugby League game and what better way than to pit the Super League Champions against the freshly-promoted Wolfpack.
St Helens then make the journey across the Atlantic for a May 2 clash with the Wolfpack at Lamport Stadium before a third and final regular season battle scheduled for the final regular season round at Totally Wicked Stadium in the UK.
The Wolfpack have a strong connection with St Helens due to their recruitment of Jon Wilkin ahead of the 2019 Betfred Championship. Wilkin played over 400 games for the Merseysiders across 17 seasons before joining the Wolfpack. The three fixtures against his old Club are sure to be prominently marked on his calendar.
Round Eight sees the Wolfpack play their final neutral venue home fixture, with the clash against Wakefield Trinity set to launch York’s new Monks Cross Stadium. The new stadium is expected to sell out and the Wolfpack are thrilled at the chance to recognize the great strides taken by York City and thank them for their significant support of the Wolfpack journey through the years.
The Wolfpack will be out to settle an old score when they take the field against Hull Kingston Rovers after the English side came to Lamport Stadium during the 2018 postseason and claimed a six-point victory. Operating under a different system than the current format, 2018 saw Super League and Championship sides face off against each other in ferocious battles for promotion and relegation. Round Seven marks the first clash between the sides, taking place in the UK. The return fixture at Lamport Stadium is marked for June 20.
Easter will mark the Wolfpack’s first jaunt to France in 2020 as they take on Catalans Dragons at Stade Gilbert Brutus in the Round 10 fixture set for April 11. The Toronto side will face off against the Dragons three times across 2020, with another fixture taking place in France in Round 19 before Round 27 sees Catalans make the journey to Toronto for a huge clash at Lamport Stadium.
It will be a similar story when 2019 Super League Grand Finalists Salford Red Devils run out against the Wolfpack. The two sides played in a thriller at AJ Bell Stadium a fortnight after Toronto’s 2018 loss to Hull and Salford also managed to come out on top.
One of the stories of 2019 thanks to a remarkable run that saw them fall just one win short of the title, Salford qualified for the Super League Grand Final after finishing the regular season in third place and defeating Castleford and Wigan to earn the right to face St Helens for the ultimate prize.
The Red Devils and the Wolfpack will resume hostilities in Round Two at AJ Bell Stadium as well as a clash at the same venue in Round 16. Salford’s long-awaited trip to Lamport Stadium will come in Round 21.
Another Club that will already be on the radar of the Wolfpack are Wigan Warriors. Holders of a staggering 22 League Championships, 19 Challenge Cups and four World Club Challenge titles, Wigan are one of the most successful Rugby League teams in existence. The Warriors will form part of the Wolfpack’s first home stand, taking to Lamport Stadium on April 25, one week after the Canadian Home Opener.
Toronto Wolfpack 2020 Super League fixture breakdown:
Lamport Stadium fixtures in bold
Round 3 v Wigan Warriors – February 13
Round 6 v Leeds Rhinos – March 5
Round 4 v Warrington Wolves – February 21
Round 9 v Huddersfield Giants – March 27
Round 26 v Castleford Tigers – August 21
Round 29 v St Helens – September 11
Round 2 v Salford Red Devils – February 8
Round 5 v St Helens – February 29
Round 10 v Catalans Dragons – April 11
Round 11 v Hull FC – April 18
Round 12 v Wigan Warriors – April 25
Round 13 v St Helens – May 2
Round 17 v Castleford Tigers – June 13
Round 18 v Hull Kingston Rovers – June 20
Round 19 v Catalans Dragons – June 27
Round 20 v Warrington Wolves – July 4
Round 21 v Salford Red Devils – July 11
Round 22 v Hull FC – July 24
Round 24 v Huddersfield Giants – August 8
Round 27 v Catalans Dragons – August 29
Round 28 v Wakefield Trinity – September 5
Round 1 v Castleford Tigers – February 2
Round 7 v Hull Kingston Rovers – March 15
Round 8 v Wakefield Trinity – March 22
Round 14 v Wakefield Trinity – May 17
Round 15 v Huddersfield Giants – May 24
Round 16 v Salford Red Devils – May 31
Round 23 v Leeds Rhinos – August 2
Round 25 v Hull Kingston Rovers – August 16