After England came so agonisingly close to World Cup victory in December, domestic competition is back on February 1 as Super League XXIII gets underway.
The start of the new season also marks the return of the Official #SuperLeagueMusic Playlist, featuring a selection of latest releases to keep the fans entertained on matchdays.
Available to follow now on a number of platforms (Spotify, Apple Music, Dezzer, SoundCloud and YouTube), the first soundtrack of the 2018 campaign includes Wilkinson, Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds, The Vaccines, Simple Minds, Embrace, Kylie Minogue, George Ezra, Tom Grennan, Franz Ferdinand and Gaz Coombes.
#SuperLeagueMusic is a groundbreaking music promotion, combining the music playlist for each fixture, updated every two weeks with 10 new releases and pushed across social media every matchday with a branded graphic.
Kicking off with Hull FC vs Huddersfield Giants and Warrington Wolves hosting defending champions Leeds Rhinos, these four clubs along with Wigan Warriors, St Helens, Catalan Dragons, Castleford Tigers, Widnes Vikings, Wakefield Wildcats, Salford Red Devils and Hull KR will battle it out to reach the Super League Grand Final at Old Trafford on October 13.
Beginning in 1996, Super League is the top-level professional rugby league club competition in the Northern hemisphere. Involving 11 teams from England and one from France (Catalan Dragons), it replaced the RFL Championship and switched from a winter to a summer season.
After 23 games, the top eight play each other once more, after which the top four enter the play-off series which leads to the Grand Final. The bottom four teams go on to play the top four Championship teams in The Qualifiers to determine who will play in Super League the following season.
Leeds Rhinos have lifted the trophy a record eight times and twice in the past three seasons.