Shortened 25-match Super League planned

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Super League clubs will play 25 matches in the regular season in 2021, two fewer than originally planned.

The change follows the decision to push the start of the season back by a fortnight to Friday, March 26, when Super League will begin with a double-header behind closed doors at Headingley.

The opening game will be a repeat of the 2019 Grand Final, with reigning champions St Helens facing last year's Challenge Cup finalists Salford.

It will then be followed by a clash between last season's runners-up Wigan and newly-promoted Leigh.

On Saturday, March 27, Wakefield will play Leeds Rhinos and Catalans Dragons take on Hull KR, while the following day, Hull play Huddersfield and Castleford take on Warrington.

The Magic Weekend, scrapped in 2020 due to the coronavirus pandemic, remains part of the calendar for 2021.

However, due to ongoing crowd restrictions at sporting events, the proposed date for the St James' Park showpiece in Newcastle has been moved from the end of May to the first weekend in September.

The full fixture list will be weighted to ensure the more attractive games, including derbies, will be played later in the year in the hope they could be held in front of crowds.