Magic Weekend Update

Magic Weekend Update

Hull FC will take on West Yorkshire rivals Leeds Rhinos at the 2021 Dacia Magic Weekend at Newcastle’s St James’ Park.

Hull FC will take on West Yorkshire rivals Leeds Rhinos at the 2021 Dacia Magic Weekend at Newcastle’s St James’ Park.

The Black & Whites will go up against the reigning Challenge Cup holders on Saturday 4th September, in the showpiece final fixture of the weekend’s first day of action – kick-off times will be announced in due course.

The annual Rugby League spectacular has been moved to the weekend of September 4th-5th from its usual May date to allow more chance for supporters to attend the event, with hopes further boosted by yesterday’s roadmap announcement by the government with fans expected to return to stadia in some capacity later in the Spring.

For those who have not requested a refund for their tickets for the cancelled 2020 event, their tickets will remain valid for the 2021 event, while additional tickets will go on sale in due course.

Having previously faced Hull KR, London, Huddersfield, Castleford and Saints during the event’s 13 year history, Richard Agar’s Leeds side will prove new and tough opposition for Brett Hodgson’s men who will be looking to continue their fine form at the North-East’s iconic venue having won three of their four clashes there.

Two of the sides that historically take the largest amount of fans to Rugby League’s annual festival weekend, the historic rivalry between Yorkshire’s two biggest sides is sure to be reignited when the sides go head to head on Tyneside.

Elsewhere, reigning Betfred Super League Champions St Helens will take on Catalans ahead of Hull’s clash, while Wigan and Warrington will meet up in Sunday’s headline clash.

Fixtures have been reformatted from those planned in 2020 to include newly promoted Leigh Centurions, while ensuring all teams play on the same day they were scheduled to play on last year, acknowledging those fans who have already purchased tickets; teams will play the side who finished closest to them in last season’s league table.

Super League chief commercial officer, Rhodri Jones said: “Dacia Magic Weekend is an important part of the Betfred Super League calendar and it is great to have the event back in our plans for the upcoming 2021 season.

“Following the Prime Minister’s latest update about the easing of lockdown restrictions, we are optimistic that we will be able to welcome fans into St James’ Park to enjoy the festival atmosphere that makes Dacia Magic Weekend so special”

“With the event falling later in the calendar this year, it could be all to play for in the closing stages of the season with teams chasing the League Leaders shield, play-off spots or looking to avoid relegation.”

“I’d like to pay thanks to Dacia for their on-going support of this event as well as our event partners at Newcastle United, Newcastle City Council, Newcastle-Gateshead Initiative and NE1, and once again to Sky Sports for continuing to bring fans their excellent coverage of this unique event.”

Ticket Details:

For those who purchased tickets for the 2020 event and haven’t claimed a refund, your tickets are still valid for 2021 – however, should you have any queries, updated FAQs can be found here.

Details of when any additional tickets will go on sale will be announced in due course, although this is likely to be late Spring at the earliest.

Full Fixtures:

Saturday, September 4

Game 1: Castleford Tigers v Salford Red Devils

Game 2: St Helens v Catalans Dragons

Game 3: Leeds Rhinos v Hull FC

Sunday, September 5

Game 4: Huddersfield Giants v Wakefield Trinity

Game 5: Wigan Warriors v Warrington Wolves

Game 6: Leigh Centurions v Hull KR

(Kick-off times will be announced in due course)