The Under 18's Academy Grand Final will be played on the weekend of the 23rd and 24th of Septmeber 2023, with the Saints confirmed in the final four.
Derek Traynor’s young Saints side sit at the top of the Academy table and will play host to fourth-placed Hull FC in the semi-finals over the weekend of the 16th & 17th of Septmeber – with fixture details to be confimed.
Second in the table Wigan Warriors will face third-placed Warrington Wolves, and the winning sides from each semi-final will meet in the Academy Grand Final. That game will be played at the home of the qualifying semi-finalist that finished highest in the league ladder in the regular season.
The news about the confirmation of the Academy play-offs has also confirmed that St.Helens Reserves are will meet Wigan in the Reserves Grand Final on Sunday, 1st October – you can read more on that here.
The RFL release regarding the Reserves and Academy play-offs stated: the return of the Reserve grade in 2022, alongside the Academy Under 18s competition, provides a full pathway for developing players as they transition towards senior Rugby League. Regular season matches in the two competitions are played on alternate weekends so that clubs only field one team beneath first grade on a weekly basis and can better-manage player development.