Super League has confirmed the resumption of the competition on August 2nd with a televised triple header.
The six teams include only those who have played less than seven rounds, with Hull FC therefore set to return the following week.
Fixtures are still to be put out, but the 2020 season has been cut to 22 rounds with both loop fixtures and the Magic Weekend scrapped. They’ll be a top four play-off, first vs fourth and second vs third, with the winners of that contesting the Grand Final in November.
All games until further notice will be behind closed doors and be at neutral venues of which are yet to be announced. Further details on the scenarios for Catalans and Toronto will be given at a later date. There is hope that fans will return to matches before the end of the year.
Currently there are no details on the Challenge Cup but there are plans for it to go ahead. Hull are set to play Sheffield in the last sixteen.
The Ashes series between England and Australia scheduled for this Autumn was postponed a couple of months ago.
There has also been confirmation that the 2021 season will start later than it’s original plan at the beginning of February – three weeks later to be precise.
Super League Executive Chairman, Robert Elstone said:
“We are delighted to confirm Betfred Super League will be returning in just a few weeks’ time on Sunday August 2, live on Sky Sports.”
“We are in the final stages of confirming where the games will be played, and we continue to work closely with Sky Sports to deliver the best possible broadcast schedule for our fans. Further details of this will be confirmed over the coming weeks.
“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 advisers 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.
“I would like to express my gratitude for the understanding and patience shown by Sky Sports, Betfred, and our other valued commercial partners, as we have navigated through this difficult time.
“Finally, I would like to thank the fans and players for their patience, positivity and desire to see Super League back up and running post-Covid-19.”