The Huddersfield Giants’ home Super League clash against Widnes Vikings has a new date – at Huddersfield’s request.
The fixture which has been initially scheduled for Sunday, March 8 will now take place on Friday, March 6 at 8pm.
RL chiefs have agreed to the move on the grounds of player welfare, with the Giants having faced the prospect of playing Widnes on the Sunday before hosting Castleford in a Sky-televised game just four days later (March 12).
And the Vikings have agreed to the move to allow sufficient recovery time for the players.
“Sky has established Thursday night rugby league as a particular focus of its Super League coverage,” said Super League general manager Blake Solly on explaining the fixture amendment policy.
“As a governing body and working in conjunction with the Super League clubs, we will be required to manage the ramifications of this broadcasting slot.
“We appreciate that player welfare must be considered wherever possible in managing the short turnaround that can be caused by playing on a Thursday evening.
“The RFL will, therefore, accept requests for any club involved in a Thursday night fixture to move its previous Sunday fixture to a Saturday or Friday.”