London Broncos return to the Super League in 2019 with a home game which will see Wakefield Trinity visit Trailfinders on Sunday 3rd February with a 3pm Kick off.
Fans will no doubt be anxious to see the schedule and the anticipation throughout the off season has been clearly palpable on all the club’s social media channels.
The fixtures come thick and fast with the highlights being the games at Home against Castleford Tigers on Sky on Saturday February 23rd in Round 4 with another home game against the current Super League Champions, Wigan Warriors, in Round 5 again at Trailfinders on Sunday March 3rd at 3pm. St Helens come to town on July 21st at 3pm while two rounds earlier we welcome back former coach, Andrew Henderson, and Warrington Wolves on Saturday July 6th at 3pm.
Easter sees the visit of Catalans Dragons to Ealing with a game on Thursday April 18th at 7.45pm before we make two trips, this season, to Perpignan on Saturday 15th June, on Sky & Saturday 17th August at 6pm also on Sky with the final home game of the season on Sunday 1st September against Leeds Rhinos at 3pm.
The Dacia Magic Weekend will be played on the second Bank Holiday weekend in May (Round 16) with fixtures and the venue for the 2019 festival to be confirmed next week.
Each team will play 29 fixtures – 14 at home and 14 away, plus the Magic round – meaning they play seven of the other 11 teams three times, and the other four twice. That fixture pattern has been determined by the teams’ finishing positions in 2018.
Old Trafford will stage the 22nd Grand Final on Saturday October 12, the culmination of a return to the Top Five Play-Offs which produced the original Grand Final in 1998 – when Jason Robinson’s famous try set up Wigan’s 10-4 win against Leeds.
That means the winners of the League Leaders’ Shield could take a direct passage to Old Trafford with victory in a single home match in the second round of the Play-Offs – whereas the team finishing fifth would have to win three away matches to make the Grand Final.
Robert Elstone, the chief executive of Super League Europe, said: “The 2019 season will mark a change of direction for the Super League, and the start of exciting new beginnings.
“We want our fans to be really excited about that first weekend, and how better to do that than with a Saints-Wigan derby, pitting the champions against their local rivals who were also last year’s League Leaders? And then to follow it up with a Hull derby?
“We’re equally excited about the extra Saturday games which our broadcast partners at Sky Sports are showing in the early stages of the season, allowing the drama of the opening round of matches to unfold throughout the weekend.
“Throw in the World Club Challenge between Wigan Warriors and the Sydney Roosters, the unique appeal and challenge of Super League’s Easter weekend – and of course the season builds to a real climax with the battle for places in the Top Five Play-Offs, building to the Betfred Super League Grand Final at Old Trafford.”
Tickets for all London Broncos Home Games for 2019 will be available from the Club Website from Monday 12th November.