The Rugby Football League today released the 2018 League 1 fixtures, with new entrants Bradford Bulls beginning their campaign away at the York City Knights when the competition gets underway on Sunday February 18. The Knights, who finished fourth in League 1 in 2017 will be hoping to begin the new campaign with a win against their fellow promotion hopefuls and League 1 debutants Bradford.
The opening weekend will see a further six games take place, with Oldham beginning their League 1 campaign away at Whitehaven, whilst Doncaster take on Coventry Bears, Keighley Cougars take on Workington Town and Hemel Stags come up against Hunslet. The first weekend will also see two games take place in Wales, as North Wales Crusaders face London Skolars and West Wales Raiders take on 2017 play-off semi-finalists Newcastle Thunder.
The first Cumbrian derby of the season will take place at the end of March in Round Five of the competition when Whitehaven host Workington Town. That weekend will also see the first match up between North Wales Crusaders and the West Wales Raiders.
Newcastle Thunder will continue with their annual tradition of hosting a league game at home on the Friday evening of the Dacia Magic Weekend, when they take on Bradford Bulls on May 18 and the London Skolars will host Keighley Cougars for the annual Friday Night Lights match, the day before the Ladbrokes Challenge Cup Final on 24 August.
The 2018 League 1 competition will see fourteen teams play each other home and away, with the League Champions granted automatic promotion to the Championship and a play-off system involving the teams finishing 2nd – 5th to determine the second promoted team.
To view the full 2018 League 1 fixtures please visit www.rugby-league.com