The fixture list for the return of Reserves Rugby League in 2020 has today been published – alongside the schedule for the Academy Championship which will become an Under-18s competition next year.
Saints Reserves will kick off their season with a clash against Salford Red Devils on Saturday 1 February at Ruskin Drive with a 2:30pm kick off.
The following weekend the Broncos will host St.Helens in the Reserves League in a double-header at Ealing Trailfinders, before their home Betfred Championship opener against Whitehaven.
Two weeks later the Saints will face Wigan Warriors in a heavyweight derby at Ruskin Drive on Sunday February 23 – the day after our first team host Sydney Roosters in the World Club Challenge.
Each of the 14 reserve teams will play 18 matches, with the last round of fixtures on the weekend of August 30 – and no play-offs, meaning the team finishing top will be crowned champions.
The Academy Championship kicks off a month later and our Saints Academy will travel south to face London Broncos in their season opener at Ealing Trailfinders on Sunday 1 March (12:30pm).
Two big Saints clashes with Wigan await on Friday 10th April as a curtain raiser to the first team derby at the Totally Wicked Stadium before the return clash at the DW Stadium on Saturday 4th July (12:30pm).
The Academy Championship also involves each team playing 18 fixtures, with the champions to be determined by a four-team Play-Off series culminating in a Grand Final in late September – with the last round of fixtures in the regular season on the weekend of September 11.
Dave Rotheram, the RFL’s Interim Chief On-Field Officer, said: “The return of the Reserves League has been widely welcomed since it was confirmed earlier this year, and it’s good to be able to combine the announcement of these fixtures with the programme for the 2020 Academy Championship.
“We see the return of the Reserves League plus the change in the Academy Championship to an Under-18 competition as two positive steps in the game’s talent and performance pathway, helping us to develop more high-quality players for Super League and England.
“In that regard, it’s important that we spread the net nationally, so it’s significant that the four non-Super League clubs who will field teams in both the Reserves League and the Academy Championship include London Broncos and Newcastle Thunder.”
All fixtures are subject to change. Follow the St.Helens social media channels and website for up-to-date details on 2020 fixtures.
2020 members can gain free entry to all home Reserves and Academy games at the Totally Wicked Stadium.