2023 Women’s fixtures announced

The Women’s first team will enter their fifth season in Betfred Women’s Super League, starting with a short trip away to Warrington Wolves.

The Warriors face four trips away from home in the opening stages of the competition, before returning home to Robin Park Arena for their first league game on Sunday 9th July, as they take on the reigning BWSL champions Leeds Rhinos.

The first of the two derby games against St Helens comes away from home at the Totally Wicked Stadium on Sunday 11th June, with the return fixture on home soil on Sunday 6th August.

Speaking ahead of the new season, Head Coach Kris Ratcliffe said: “It’s a great test for us first up facing Warrington away. They had an unbeaten season in WSL2 last year and will be full of confidence as a result.

“We have a tough run of away fixtures until round 5 when we finally get our first home league game. It will provide a good platform for developing our toughness and character during those opening months.”

He added: “We have promoted more players from our Girls’ Academy ahead of the season, giving us a young and exciting squad with the vast majority locally born. Hopefully, with this in mind and on the back of the inspiring performances of the Women’s players in the World Cup we can encourage more spectators down for the second half of the season when we have several home games back-to-back at Robin Park Arena.”

Elsewhere in the competition, Leeds Rhinos will launch their defence of the Betfred Women’s Super League with a repeat of the 2022 Grand Final against the renamed York Valkyrie at Headingley on Easter Sunday, April 9. The match will be the first part of a double header, followed by the Rhinos men taking on Huddersfield Giants at 6pm.

That is a stand-alone opening fixture for the BWSL season, with the other 10 clubs kicking off on Sunday April 16.

That will set the scene for England’s Mid-Season International against France in Warrington on April 29, and the group stage of the Betfred Women’s Challenge Cup will then take centre stage for a month before the Betfred Women’s Super League returns on Friday May 26.

Also that weekend, York Valkyrie will face Warrington as part of the Betfred Championship’s Summer Bash at the LNER Community Stadium.

The last round of regular season games is on the weekend of September 8-10, after which the top four of Group One will contest Semi Finals leading to the Betfred Women’s Super League Grand Final on the weekend of October 7-8.

The team finishing top of Group Two will secure automatic promotion to the expanded eight-team BWSL in 2024, with Play-Offs to determine the second promoted team.

Fixtures for the Betfred Women’s Super League South, and the Championship and League One competitions, will be finalised soon – with the draw for the group stage of the Betfred Women’s Challenge Cup, including Cardiff Demons and London Broncos from the BWSL South and Hull KR and Oulton Raidettes from the Championship, taking place this Thursday (January 12) at Wembley, the venue for August’s Final.

Thomas Brindle, the General Manager of the BWSL, said: “There is more excitement and anticipation than ever around Women’s Rugby League in 2023, after the national impact made by England’s performances in the World Cup.

“For the BWSL to kick off with a repeat of last year’s Grand Final as part of a double header at Headingley is another first for the competition, and another big stage for a lot of those England players.

“We welcome three new names to the BWSL in 2023, following the rebrand of York Valkyrie, the new partnership between Leigh Leopards and Leigh Miners Rangers, and the rapid progress made by Salford Red Devils in their debut season in 2022.

“With Warrington building impressively for their elevation to Group One, it promises to be the most competitive season yet – and we hope to make some more exciting announcements soon about broadcast coverage.”

Wigan Warriors Women’s 2023 fixtures:

  • Game 1 v Warrington Wolves (A), Sunday 16th April, 2pm K.O.
  • Game 2 v Huddersfield Giants (A), Sunday 28th May, 2pm K.O.
  • Game 3 v St Helens (A), Sunday 11th June, 2pm K.O.
  • Game 4 v York Valkyrie (A), Sunday 2nd July, 2pm K.O.
  • Game 5 v Leeds Rhinos (H), Sunday 9th July, 12pm K.O.
  • Game 6 v Warrington Wolves (H), Sunday 16th July, 12pm K.O.
  • Game 7 v St Helens (H), Sunday 6th August, 5:30pm K.O.
  • Game 8 v York Valkyrie (H), Sunday 20th August, 12pm K.O.
  • Game 9 v Huddersfield Giants (H), Sunday 3rd September, 12pm K.O.
  • Game 10 v Leeds Rhinos (A), Friday 8th September, 5:30pm K.O.

Season Ticket Holders can gain FREE access to Wigan Warriors Women’s home games at Robin Park Arena, not got yours yet? Find out more HERE. Match highlights and the full 80-minutes can be accessed on Wigan TV with subscriptions starting from £5.99 per month.

Sunday 08 January 2023