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New faces, voices on OurLeague

AFTER the 2021 season launch show in midweek, watch out for a host of new faces and voices on Our League over the next few weeks as Rugby League coverage keeps on rolling.

Some of them will be familiar to RL fans, starting with the inimitable Wayne Godwin, who has become a legend on Rugby AM since the end of his career as an all-action hooker. He joined the BBC’s Matt Newsum in commentary at the LNER Community Stadium in York last night when the City Knights played Hull FC in a pre-season friendly.

Tomorrow (Sat) Sharon Shortle, a respected Rugby League voice through her work with BBC Radio York and the Super League Show, will commentate on Oldham’s match against Halifax Panthers at Bower Fold, joined by Steve McCormack, who has followed his successful coaching career from Salford to Scotland by taking on his new role as Welfare and Development Manager of Rugby League Cares.

(Oldham season-ticket holders have been provided with an access code and can watch Oldham v Halifax for FREE. Others can watch for £4.95 if they register and pay today or for £10 if they prefer to leave it until tomorrow. Go to the streaming FAQs page for details of how to do it.)

The Oldham game will be followed by the Tommy Makinson Testimonial as St Helens take on Leigh Centurions at the Totally Wicked Stadium with George Riley joined by Tommy’s former Saints team mate Jon Wilkin, while Sam Hallas will make his debut alongside Mick Gledhill for the Bradford-Keighley derby, which kicks things off at 2pm.

On Sunday, George will have another former St Helens and Great Britain star, Alan Hunte, alongside him at the A J Bell Stadiumfor the clash between Salford red Devils and Wigan Warriors, while across the Pennines, Matt Horton will be joined by the Huddersfield stalwart Eorl Crabtree for th3e Giants fixture against Leeds Rhinos.

The serious business starts next weekend with five Betfred Challenge Cup ties live and exclusive on Our League.

Nichola Spencer, the RFL’s Membership Manager, said:

“We’ve never been so busy with Our League and with so many games to show we’re excited to have some new faces involved with our coverage, joining the regular commentators and summarisers who have helped us to establish Our League over the last couple of years.”

The full list of Our League fixtures this weekend is like this:

Saturday (March 13): Bradford Bulls v Keighley Cougars (2pm), Oldham v Halifax Panthers (4pm); St Helens v Leigh Cnturions (6pm) Sunday (March 14): Huddersfield Giants v Leeds Rhinos (2pm); Salford Red Devils v Wigan Warriors (4pm).

Betfred Championship clubs have also agreed a league fixture schedule for rounds 2 to 4 from April 17 to May 2 which will allow another 20 matches to be streamed live on Our League.

(Please note the dates and kick-off times below because in some cases they involve changes to the original fixture list).

Streamed Championship games coming up include:

Oldham v Swinton Lions (Good Friday, April 2, 5.15pm). Batley Bulldogs v Oldham (Sat, April 17, 12.45pm). London Broncos v Oldham (Sat, April 24, 2pm) Oldham v Halifax Panthers (Sat, May 1, 12.45pm).

Profit from these PPV games goes to the participating clubs, allowing them to make up crucial lost income from having to play behind closed doors in the early stages of this season.

That’s why we hope loads of fans watch the Oldham v Halifax game tomorrow. The income provided really does make a difference at a time when income from whatever source has been savagely reduced over the past 12 months.

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