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Rugby League

Salford tread new grounds

Salford will be curtain-raisers for two new grounds in the opening weeks of the next Super League season. The City Reds stage the first competitive match at their new stadium at Barton on 4 February, with Castleford as their opponents. Six days later, they are the first Super League visitors to St Helens' new Langtree Park home. Super League newcomers Widnes begin at home to Wakefield. The champions, Leeds, host Hull KR the same evening.

The Magic Weekend of games, involving all 14 clubs at one location, will be held next season at Manchester City's Etihad Stadium on 26 and 27 May.