Wakefield Trinity set to field a team in new Rugby League Reserve grade competition

Wakefield Trinity will take their place alongside 12 other clubs when Reserve grade Rugby League returns in 2022.

Tuesday, 14th December 2021, 5:00 pm
Wakefield Trinity will field a team in the revamped Rugby League Reserve grade competition in 2022.

The Reserve grade is set to start again on February 19, 2022, following its Covid-enforced suspension in 2020.

A 13-team competition will consist of the 12 clubs now running licensed academies, plus Salford Red Devils.

The same 12 clubs will also field teams in an Under 18s Academy competition, starting on March 12.

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Fixtures across both competitions will be staggered so that each club is only ever involved in one sub-first team level game on any given weekend.

Round one of the 14-round reserves competition will see Bradford Bulls visit St Helens; Newcastle Thunder travel to Leeds Rhinos; and London Broncos play Warrington Wolves. The remaining fixtures all involve Betfred Super League clubs, with Wakefield Trinity hosting Castleford Tigers in a local derby to be a stand-out of the round.

There will also be an east Yorkshire derby between Hull KR and Hull FC while Huddersfield Giants entertain Salford Red Devils.

Round one of the 13-round Academy competition again sees all three Betfred Championship clubs drawn away from home. Like their reserves side, Newcastle Thunder’s Under 18s will also visit Leeds Rhinos, London Broncos travel to Hull FC and Bradford Bulls will be in action at Hull KR. In the all-Super League club fixtures, St Helens play Huddersfield Giants, Wigan Warriors entertain Castleford Tigers and Warrington Wolves visit Wakefield Trinity.

Dave Rotheram, the RFL’s chief on-field officer, said: “I am delighted to be able to announce the fixtures and competition structures, and thank all the participating clubs for their support in getting us to this position.

“The return of Reserve grade Rugby League, alongside an Academy Under 18s competition provides a full pathway for our developing players as they transition towards senior football.

“Running the competitions on alternate weekends will provide appropriate playing opportunities for all players within the Academy and Reserves structure.

“And with both competitions culminating in play-off series, we are creating high-pressure matches at the business end of the season which will further aid players’ development through knock-out football and stimulate supporter interest.”

Complete fixture information for both competitions, including dates, venues and kick-off times, is subject to confirmation.

The Reserves competition Grand Final will take place on September 17, followed by the Academy Grand Final on the weekend of September 24.