Grand Final repeat for Rhinos at Magic Weekend

Paul Aiton in action at last year's Magic Weekend.
Paul Aiton in action at last year's Magic Weekend.
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Next year’s Magic Weekend will see a repeat of last week’s stunning Grand Final as Leeds Rhinos face Wigan Warriors.

The Rhinos and the Warriors played during the 2015 Magic Weekend, with Wigan triumphing 27-12.

St James’ Park in Newcastle will once again host the Super League’s showcase event after last season’s record breaking attendance of 67,000 fans over the event.

Castleford Tigers will lock horns with Warrington Wolves on the first day of the weekend, Saturday, May 21, 2016.

Wakefield Trinity Wildcats kick-off day two, Sunday, May 22, 2016, when they take on against Catalan Dragons.

However, it is the game between the Rhinos and Wigan that will take top billing. The repeat of the most exciting Grand Final for a generation takes place at 7pm on Saturday.

Treble-winning Leeds Rhinos head coach Brian McDermott said: “Magic Weekend is a brilliant event and it’s great that it’s going to be in Newcastle again.

“It’s a fantastic stadium and there were lots of fans there this year which created a memorable atmosphere. I am particularly pleased for everyone involved in Rugby League in the North East.

“I know from personal experience how hard they have worked down the years to promote our game and it is fitting that they get their reward with another Magic Weekend after the success of last year’s event. Hopefully it will be even better next year.”

Super League general manager Blake Solly said: “We’re delighted that Magic Weekend will be staged at Newcastle’s St James’ Park in 2016.

“Magic Weekend this year was a huge success. We had a record attendance for the weekend and it contained some incredible moments that will live long in the memory. I would like to thank everyone in Newcastle for their support with the event and hopefully we can build on the brilliant success of 2015.”

The Kingstone Press Championship will host its own weekend of action for the second year running, the Summer Bash at Blackpool.

Summer Bash will take place a week after Magic Weekend, and kicks off with the iPro Sport Cup final on Saturday, May 28.

Dewsbury Rams face Batley Bulldogs early on the second day, Sunday, May 29, before Halifax and Featherstone Rovers do battle to close out the weekend.

Bradford Bulls and Leigh Centurions will compete in the showcase clash on Saturday evening.

Magic Weekend fixtures 2016:

Saturday, May 21

2.30pm – Salford Red Devils v Widnes Vikings

4.45pm – Castleford Tigers v Warrington Wolves

7.00pm – Leeds Rhinos v Wigan Warriors

Sunday, May 22

1.00pm – Catalans Dragons v Wakefield Trinity Wildcats

3.15pm – Huddersfield Giants v St Helens

5.30pm – Hull FC v Hull Kingston Rovers

Summer Bash:

Saturday, May 28

Noon – iPro League 1 Cup Final

2.30pm – Sheffield Eagles v London Broncos

4.45pm – Workington Town v Whitehaven

7.00pm – Bradford Bulls v Leigh Centurions

Sunday, May 29

12.45pm – Dewsbury Rams v Batley Bulldogs

3.00pm – Oldham v Swinton Lions

5.15pm – Halifax v Featherstone Rovers

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