There is a hope that the contenders will again run Kristian Woolf’s side close, with last year’s League Leaders’ Shield winners Catalans Dragons likely to be in the mix.
Wigan Warriors are always in contention and Warrington Wolves have recruited well and should be a force under new head coach Daryl Powell. Leeds Rhinos will also fancy their chances after signing the likes of halfbacks Blake Austin and Aidan Sezer.
It’s a big year for rugby league after what was a tumultuous 2021 campaign which was again ravaged by Covid-19, while the World Cup was postponed.
But after the rescheduling for this autumn, optimism is high across the sport. One of the reasons for this is the new terrestrial TV deal which means games will be broadcast live on Channel 4 throughout the campaign.
This is a big boost for a league which has been confined to the subscription Sky Sports service when it comes to live coverage since its inception in 1996.
How many rugby league games will be shown on Channel 4 in 2022?
Ten Super League matches in total will be shown live on Channel 4 this season, starting with Leeds Rhinos vs Warrington Wolves on Saturday 12 February.
Which rugby league games are on Channel 4 in 2022?
The aforementioned Leeds vs Warrington clash is the first match for Channel 4 and that will be followed up by Hull FC vs St Helens on Saturday 19 February. Eight more games will be broadcast by Channel 4 this season and two of those will be play-off games.
What time are the Channel 4 rugby league games in 2022?
12:30pm is the kick-off time for the Channel 4 matches.
Channel 4 rugby league presenters
The Last Leg presenter Adam Hills is going to lead the coverage and former Bradford, St Helens, Catalans Dragons and Hull FC halfback Leon Pryce will be on hand for expert analysis alongside Leeds great Kevin Sinfield. Channel 4 has also confirmed that Helen Skelton will be involved in the coverage.
“I want to convey the joy I get from watching rugby league but we’re going to make it cooler,” Hills said of the coverage. “We’re thinking of doing things like getting celebrities who’ve never experienced rugby league before to experience it. We also want closet rugby league fans to come out of that closet. But Channel 4 will be trying to give it an edge like we have done with our coverage of the Paralympics.”