The 2017 Kingstone Press Championship season was unveiled over the weekend, and the London Broncos will start their season on the road – meeting Swinton Lions on Sunday 5 February at Heywood Road.
In a 2016 Middle 8s rematch, London will take on Championship newcomers, Hull Kingston Rovers, in round two – the club’s first home game of the season – on Sunday 12 February.
Newly promoted Toulouse Olympique will travel to the UK capital over the Easter weekend for a huge Good Friday clash, and London will make the reciprocal journey on June 17.
The 2017 season sees Rugby League continue with the new structure that involves the 12 Betfred Super League clubs and 12 Kingstone Press Championship clubs splitting into the Super 8s after 23 rounds to determine promotion, relegation and Grand Final glory.
Rochdale Hornets, who won promotion to the Championship with victory over Toulouse Olympique XIII, will begin life in the 2017 Kingstone Press Championship with a home fixture against Dewsbury Rams.
Hallifax RLFC, who missed out on the Qualifiers in 2016, will begin with a home fixture against Featherstone Rovers whilst Oldham RLFC will begin the 2017 season with a home tie against Sheffield Eagles. London Broncos will hope to carry their strong 2016 form in their first game of the season when they travel away to play Swinton Lions.
Each team will play 23 games in the regular season, home and away against the other 11 clubs and following the success of the 2016 Summer Bash, all clubs will return to Bloomfield Road in Blackpool over the Bank Holiday weekend at the end of May. This year the Summer Bash will feature a repeat of Hull Kingstone Rovers opening game of the season, against Bradford Bulls.
Sky Sports will screen selected matches from the Kingstone Press Championship in 2016, and all six matches from the Summer Bash at Blackpool will be available to watch across Sky Sports.
London Broncos 2017 Kingstone Press Championship season:
Sunday, Feb 5 – Swinton Lions, Heywood Road, 3pm
Sunday, Feb 12 – Hull Kingston Rovers, Trailfinders, 3pm
Sunday, Feb 19 – Oldham RLFC, Bower Fold, 3pm
Sunday, Feb 26 – Dewsbury Rams, Tetley’s Stadium, 3pm
Sunday, Mar 5 – Bradford Bulls, Trailfinders, 3pm
Sunday, Mar 12 – Halifax RLFC, The Mbi Shay Stadium, 3pm
Sunday, Mar 26 -Rochdale Hornets, Trailfinders, 3pm
Sunday, Apr 2 – Sheffield Eagles, TBC, 3pm
Sunday, Apr 9 – Featherstone Rovers, The Big Fellas Stadium, 3pm
Friday, Apr 14 – Toulouse Olympique, Trailfinders, 3pm
Monday, Apr 17 -Batley Bulldogs, Foxs Biscuits Stadium, 3pm
Sunday, Apr 30 – Swinton Lions, Trailfinders, 3pm
Sunday, May 7 – Oldham RLFC, Trailfinders, 3pm
Sunday, May 21 – Bradford Bulls, Provident Stadium, 3pm
Sunday, May 28 – TBC
Sunday, Jun 4 – Halifax RLFC, Trailfinders, 3pm
Sunday, Jun 11 – Dewsbury Rams, Trailfinders, 3pm
Saturday, Jun 17 – Toulouse Olympique, Stade Ernest Ageles, 3pm
Sunday, Jun 25 – Featherstone Rovers, Trailfinders, 3pm
Sunday, Jul 2 – Hull Kingston Rovers, KC Lightstream Stadium, 3pm
Sunday, Jul 9 – Sheffield Eagles, Trailfinders, 3pm
Sunday, Jul 16 – Rochdale Hornets, Crown Oil Arena, 3pm
Sunday, Jul 23 – Batley Bulldogs, Trailfinders, 3pm
Full details of the 2017 Kingstone Press Championship Fixtures can be found at www.rugby-league.com