Sheffield Eagles: 2017 fixtures announced

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Sheffield Eagles will begin the 2017 Kingstone Press Championship season with an away fixture against Oldham at Bower Fold.

Mark Aston’s side will kick off the new campaign against the Roughyeds on Sunday 5th February.

The Eagles will then take on Championship newcomers Toulouse Olympique in their first home fixture, with a venue still to be decided as the Eagles continue their quest to find a new home for the 2017 season.

What looks set to be certain is that the Eagles will return to playing on a Sunday, with Aston confirming that will be the only stipulation as they look to negotiate a temporary home.

The Eagles will conclude the first month of the season with a trip to The Shay to face Halifax, and a home fixture against Batley Bulldogs.

Aston’s side will take on relegated Hull Kingston Rovers for the first time on Sunday 5th March at the KC Lightstream Stadium.

They will face the Championship’s other newcomer, Rochdale Hornets, for the first time on Friday 14th April at the Crown Oil Arena (3pm).

The Summer Bash is back again for a third consecutive season with the Eagles taking on Swinton Lions at Bloomfield Road on Sunday 29th May, kick off 12.35pm.

The Eagles make the trip to France to face Toulouse on Saturday 20th May (3pm).

The regular season will be rounded off with an away trip to Dewsbury Rams’ Tetley’s Stadium on Sunday 23rd July.

Meanwhile, talks continue for a venue for next season with Wakefield’s Belle Vue Ground the latest stadium to be mentioned as a possible stop gap for the club.

The Eagles would prefer to stay in the Steel City with a possible share of Sheffield United’s Bramall Lane and Sheffield Wednesday’s Hillsborough a possible solution.

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2017 CHAMPIONSHIP FIXTURES

FEBRUARY

5 Oldham Roughyeds A

12 Toulouse Olympique H

19 Halifax RLFC A

26 Batley Bulldogs H

MARCH

5 Hull KR A

12 Featherstone Rovers H

26 Swinton Lions A

APRIL

2 London Broncos H

9 Bradford Bulls A

14 Rochdale Hornets A

17 Dewsbury Rams H

30 Featherstone Rovers A

MAY

7 Bradford Bulls H

20 Toulouse Olympique A

28 Swinton Lions Magic weekend

JUNE

4 Rochdale Hornets H

11 Halifax RLFC H

18 Batley Bulldogs A

25 Hull KR H

JULY

2 Swinton Lions H

9 London Broncos A

16 Oldham Roughyeds H

23 Dewsbury Rams A