RUGBY LEAGUE: Sky Sports announces live Super League XVIII games

Live coverage of Super League XVIII on Sky Sports will begin with defending champions Leeds Rhinos at home to Hull FC on Friday, February 1.

Up to two live games will be broadcast each weekend during the regular season, and every club will be featured live by the end of Round six when Super League XVIII commences in February 2013.

The top four clubs from last season’s competition will be also shown live twice by Round six, plus there will three big derby matches around Easter weekend with Catalan Dragons at home to Leeds Rhinos on Easter Monday.

Reinforcing Sky’s commitment to Rugby League, regular Monday night games will be broadcast from mid-season onwards.

Leeds Rhinos against St Helens will kick off ‘Extraordinary Mondays’ on May 20, then Magic Weekend at Manchester’s Etihad Stadium follows a week later in round 16 with all seven matches and 14 clubs shown exclusively live on Sky Sports.

Over 70 matches from the Super League XVIII will be broadcast live on Sky Sports, all in high-definition, with selected matches to be shown in 3D.

Live coverage starts on February 1, 2013, when the defending champions Leeds begin their campaign for a record-beating seventh Super League title, with St Helens hosting Huddersfield Giants the next day.

The following weekend will see last season’s finalists and runners-up Warrington travel to Wigan on February 8 and Wakefield play host to Hull KR on February 9.

In addition to Sky Sports’ live Super League coverage, the broadcaster will cover a range of international games, live coverage of the Challenge Cup with quarter-finals on July 12 to 15, as well as the World Club Challenge match at Headingley Stadium between Leeds Rhinos and Melbourne Storm on Friday, February 22.

Sky’s comprehensive rugby league coverage will also feature a strong line-up of support programming during the 2013 season.

The popular weekly magazine show Boots ‘N’ All returns, along with other spin-off programmes, including Super League Super Men, debate show Super League Back Chat and Super League Full Time, a weekly live full round-up, analysis and discussion of all the tries from the weekend on Sunday nights.

The season culminates with the Rugby League World Cup, to be held across England and Wales in October/November 2013.

An announcement on the TV rights for the tournament will be made shortly, with Sky Sports and the BBC expected to share coverage.

Commenting on the return of live Monday night games, Super League chief executive Nigel Wood said: “We are delighted that live Monday night Super League action is returning to Sky Sports in 2013.

“Extraordinary Mondays greatly enhanced the competition in 2012 and helped showcase the excitement of Super League and the skills and athleticism of the players to a wider audience.

“I am sure that Extraordinary Mondays will continue to grow in popularity, among Rugby League fans and new viewers alike.”

Neville Smith, executive producer of Sky Sports’ rugby league coverage said: “This is going to be a great year for Rugby League.

“We’re reinforcing our commitment to its growth and popularity with over 70 live Super League games and the return of Monday nights.

“We’ll continue to deliver exclusive, live HD and 3D coverage, and we’ll broadcast from every stadium in the League.

“Alongside this, we have our fantastic stable of magazine shows, bolstered when Super League Back Chat and Super League Full Time joined the line-up last season.

“We’re also pleased that Sam Tomkins will continue to work with Sky Sports – watch this space!”

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Friday 1st February
Leeds Rhinos v Hull FC
20:00 – Sky Sports
 
Saturday 2nd February
St Helens v Huddersfield Giants
17:45 – Sky Sports
 
Friday 8th February
Wigan Warriors v Warrington Wolves
20:00 – Sky Sports
 
Saturday 9th February
Wakefield Wildcats v Hull KR
17:45 – Sky Sports
 
Friday 15th February
Warrington Wolves v Catalan Dragons
20:00 – Sky Sports
 
Saturday 16th February
Bradford Bulls v Castleford Tigers
17:45 – Sky Sports
 
Saturday 23rd February
Hull FC v Warrington Wolves
17:45 – Sky Sports
 
Sunday 24th February
Salford City Reds v Hull KR
k/o TBC – Sky Sports
 
Friday 1st March
St Helens v Leeds Rhinos
20:00 – Sky Sports
 
Saturday 2nd March
Widnes Vikings v Hull FC
17:45 – Sky Sports
 
Friday 8th March
Warrington Wolves v St Helens
20:00 – Sky Sports
 
Saturday 9th March
London Broncos v Hull KR
17:45 – Sky Sports
 
Friday 15th March
Leeds Rhinos v Wigan Warriors
20:00 – Sky Sports
 
Saturday 16th March
Huddersfield Giants v Hull FC
17:45 – Sky Sports
 
Friday 22nd March
Hull KR v Castleford Tigers
20:00 – Sky Sports
 
Saturday 23rd March
Wigan Warriors v Widnes Vikings
17:45 – Sky Sports
 
Thursday 28th March
Leeds Rhinos v Bradford Bulls
k/o TBC – Sky Sports
 
Friday 29th March
Hull FC v Hull KR
k/o TBC – Sky Sports
 
Wigan Warriors v St Helens
k/o TBC – Sky Sports
 
Monday 1st April
Catalan Dragons v Leeds Rhinos
k/o TBC – Sky Sports
 
Friday 5th April
Castleford Tigers v Huddersfield Giants
20:00 – Sky Sports
 
Saturday 6th April
Leeds Rhinos v Warrington Wolves
17:45 – Sky Sports
 
Friday 12th April
St Helens v Catalan Dragons
20:00 – Sky Sports
 
Saturday 13th April
Castleford Tigers v Widnes Vikings
17:45 – Sky Sports
 
Friday 26th April
Widnes Vikings v Wakefield Wildcats
20:00 – Sky Sports
 
Saturday 27th April
Salford City Reds v Castleford Tigers
17:45 – Sky Sports
 
Friday 3rd May
Bradford Bulls v Leeds Rhinos
20:00 – Sky Sports
 
Saturday 4th May
Wakefield Wildcats v Catalan Dragons
17:45 – Sky Sports
 
Monday 20th May
Leeds Rhinos v St Helens
19:45 – Sky Sports
 
May 25-26
Magic Weekend – Etihad Stadium (Manchester)
Sky Sports
 
Monday 3rd June
Huddersfield Giants v St Helens
19:45 – Sky Sports
 
Monday 10th June
Salford City Reds v Wakefield Wildcats
19:45 – Sky Sports
 
Monday 17th June
Leeds Rhinos v Widnes Vikings
19:45 – Sky Sports
 
Monday 24th June
Warrington Wolves v Wigan Warriors
19:45 – Sky Sports
 
Monday 1st July
Hull FC v Wakefield Wildcats
19:45 – Sky Sports
 
Monday 8th July
Wakefield Wildcats v Widnes Vikings
19:45 – Sky Sports
 
Monday 22nd July
St Helens v Wigan Warriors
19:45 – Sky Sports
 
Monday 5th August
London Broncos v Leeds Rhinos
19:45 – Sky Sports
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