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Leeds travel to Warrington to kick off 2018 Super League season

Leeds Rhinos will start their season against Warrington Wolves Credit: Press Association

The 2018 Betfred Super League season will kick-off when champions Leeds Rhinos take on Warrington Wolves at The Halliwell Jones Stadium on February 1.

The 2017 Grand Final winners will be hoping to start the defence of their title with an away win, whilst new Warrington Wolves Head Coach Steve Price will be eager to impress the home crowd when taking charge of his first ever Super League game.

Castleford Tigers will travel to St Helens for their first game of the season Credit: Press Association

2017 League Leaders’ Shield Winners Castleford Tigers will open their 2018 campaign when they travel to face St Helens at Langtree Park on Friday February 2, with St Helens out for revenge for the thrilling golden point win Castleford secured in the 2017 semi-final.

Hull KR begin their season at home Credit: Press Association

Both Hull clubs will begin the season at home, with Hull FC beginning their 2018 campaign at home against Huddersfield Giants and neighbours Hull Kingston Rovers taking on Wakefield Trinity in their first Super League game since promotion from the Championship.

Hull FC begin their season at home Credit: Press Association

Round Two of the competition will see Wigan Warriors and Hull FC take Super League on the road to Australia for the first ever time, when they will play at the WIN Stadium in Wollongong, Sydney.

The Easter weekend will start with a local derby between Wakefield Trinity and Castleford Tigers on Thursday March 29. The Hull derby and St Helens v Wigan Warriors will provide plenty of entertainment on Good Friday with Leeds Rhinos taking on Salford Red Devils and Widnes Vikings taking on neighbours St Helens on Easter Monday.

Rugby Football League Chief Commercial Officer and Super League Executive Director, Roger Draper, said next season promises to be 'one of the most exciting ever':

“2017 was a fantastic season with some of the most exciting action on the pitch I’ve ever seen. Super League also had an incredibly successful year off the field with commercial revenue up by 19% and more than 1.75 million tickets sold to Super League fixtures throughout the year, culminating in a brilliant sell-out Betfred Super League Grand Final.

We believe that next season promises to be one of the most exciting ever, with plenty for Rugby League supporters to look forward to. The Dacia Magic Weekend returns to Newcastle for the fourth consecutive year, we have a first ever Super League game in Australia and we welcome back Hull Kingston Rovers to the competition following their promotion from the Championship."

– Roger Draper, Super League Executive Director

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