Batley Bulldogs' and Dewsbury Rams' FULL Championship fixture list confirmed
BATLEY Bulldogs will travel to Featherstone Rovers on the opening day of the 2021 Championship season while Dewsbury Rams will host Whitehaven.
Batley met Rovers on the opening day of the 2020 campaign in what was Craig Lingard's first competitive game in charge.
Meanwhile, Dewsbury are set to face Whitehaven for the second time in three weeks after being drawn against the Cumbrian outfit in the first round of the Challenge Cup.
Opening round fixtures for the Championship will be played on Easter Weekend in April, which starts on Friday, April 2.
The Betfred Championship season will have 22 rounds of fixtures running until the weekend of September 19, with each of the 14 teams playing nine of the other 13 twice and the other four once.
The Summer Bash will not be played in 2021 due to the expectation that fans will only be allowed to return to sporting events in limited capacity.
Following a meeting of Championship and League 1 clubs with the RFL last week, it has been agreed that positions on the league table in each competition will be determined by points percentage, as in the Betfred Super League in 2020.
This is to recognise the likelihood of fixtures being affected by Covid-19, with postponements permitted if a team loses seven or more players for Covid-related reasons – either players with positive tests, or who have been ruled out through test and trace analysis of close contacts in matches or training.
The first option will be for matches to be rearranged on a free date – but if this is not possible, the fixture will be cancelled.
Golden point has also been scrapped over concerns for player welfare with Championship sides out of action for over a year. The system is to be reintroduced in 2022.
Betfred Championship games that are played behind closed doors will be live streamed on the Our League app and website with home season ticket holders given free access to their club’s live stream and all other fans able to watch via pay-per-view.
Some Betfred Challenge Cup games will be live streamed by the BBC and Betfred with others available on Our League.
Batley Bulldogs' and Dewsbury Rams' 2021 Championship fixtures: Round 1, April 2: Dewsbury Rams v Whitehaven, Featherstone Rovers v Batley Bulldogs. Round 2, April 18: Batley Bulldogs v Oldham, Widnes Vikings v Dewsbury Rams. Round 3, April 25: Batley Bulldogs v Widnes Vikings, Bradford Bulls v Dewsbury Rams. Round 4, May 2: Dewsbury Rams v York City Knights, Newcastle Thunder v Batley Bulldogs. Round 5, May 9: Dewsbury Rams v Halifax Panthers, Sheffield Eagles v Batley Bulldogs. Round 6, May 16: Batley Bulldogs v London Broncos, Swinton Lions v Dewsbury Rams. Round 7, May 23: Dewsbury Rams v Batley Bulldogs. Round 8, May 30: Batley Bulldogs v Swinton Lions, London Broncos v Dewsbury Rams. Round 9, June 13: Dewsbury Rams v Toulouse Olympique, Whitehaven v Batley Bulldogs. Round 10, June 20: Dewsbury Rams v Featherstone Rovers, York City Knights v Batley Bulldogs. Round 11, June 27: Batley Bulldogs v Halifax Panthers, Oldham v Dewsbury Rams. Round 12, July 4: Bradford Bulls v Batley Bulldogs, Dewsbury Rams v Sheffield Eagles. Round 13, July 11: Batley Bulldogs v Toulouse Olympique, Newcastle Thunder v Dewsbury Rams. Round 14, July 24: Toulouse Olympique v Dewsbury Rams, July 25, Batley Bulldogs v Newcastle Thunder. Round 15, August 1: Dewsbury Rams v Swinton Lions, Widnes Vikings v Batley Bulldogs. Round 16, August 8: Batley Bulldogs v Featherstone Rovers, Whitehaven v Dewsbury Rams. Round 17, August 15: Dewsbury Rams v Widnes Vikings, Swinton Lions v Batley Bulldogs. Round 18, August 22: Batley Bulldogs v Sheffield Eagles, Featherstone Rovers v Dewsbury Rams. Round 19, August 28: Toulouse Olympique v Batley Bulldogs, August 29, Dewsbury Rams v Newcastle Thunder: Round 20, September 5: Batley Bulldogs v Whitehaven, Sheffield Eagles v Dewsbury Rams. Round 21, September 12: Batley Bulldogs v Dewsbury Rams. Round 22 September 19: Dewsbury Rams v Oldham, Halifax Panthers v Batley Bulldogs.