It seems fitting that the Women’s Super League, Championship and League One fixtures have been released on International Women’s Day and, with the addition of a new team in the top flight this season, it’s clear that the women’s game is growing.

Joining the seven teams from last season, Wakefield Trinity will make their WSL bow with a trip to Challenge Cup holders Leeds Rhinos and, like the men’s competition, St Helens will kick off with a big match against local rivals Wigan Warriors. The latter of those fixtures will be shown live via the OuRLeague app, an indication of improved coverage of the WSL this year.

Warrington Wolves have this year launched a team and they will start out with a Cumbrian trip to face Barrow in the Championship which, like Super League, has eight teams. The top two divisions will see teams play each other home and away over the course of fourteen rounds while, in League One, the teams will have bye weeks due to there been nine teams in the competition. The seasons across all three tiers will start on April 7th and end on September 29th before the semi-final play-offs.

The Coral Challenge Cup will run alongside the leagues and the final will take place as part of a triple-header with the men’s semi-finals on July 27th in Bolton. England and St Helens star Jodie Cunningham expressed her excitement ahead of the big kick-off, expecting this year to build on 2018. “I Can’t wait for the season to kick off! We have Wigan in our first game so that will be a real tough battle. I was out injured for each of the Wigan games last year so will be great to have the chance to play in a big derby,” she told Rugby AM.

Head over to our official twitter page to see comments throughout the day from players in the Women’s Super League as we at Rugby AM celebrate the fixture release and international women’s day.