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Leeds face kick-off at Crusaders

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Leeds celebrate winning their third Super League title in a row

Leeds begin the defence of their Super League title with a trip to Wrexham to face the Crusaders on 29 January.

The match is one of two to be played a week before the first full round of 2010 fixtures, which are due to take place on 5-7 February.

The game has been brought forward because of the champions' involvement in the World Club Challenge on 28 February against Melbourne Storm.

The season will climax with the Grand Final at Old Trafford on 2 October.

Melbourne, the National Rugby League champions, will warm up for the clash with Leeds with a match against Harlequins, whose round three home match against Wakefield Trinity Wildcats will be played on 30 January.


Next season starts a week earlier than this year because of England's involvement in the 2010 Four Nations tournament, which will be played in the southern hemisphere in October and November.

The Magic Weekend - where an entire round of matches are played at one stadium over a single weekend - will take place for a second successive year at Murrayfield on 1 and 2 May.

The draw for the Edinburgh spectacle took place on Wednesday, pitting St Helens against Hull KR, Warrington against Salford and Wigan against Huddersfield.

The rest of the draw sees Hull FC face Harlequins, Bradford take on Crusaders, Leeds meet Wakefield and Castleford tackle Catalans.

A decision will be made in due course on which days the games will take place and in which order, but four will be played on Saturday and three on Sunday.

The Magic Weekend concept is now in its fourth season after two years in Cardiff and last May's event in the Scottish capital.

Derby matches were used to help sell the first two events but a draw was used in 2009.

The latest draw was split into two parts with last season's bottom six sides pulled out against each other first before the games for the top eight teams were determined.

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see also
Crusaders drop 'Celtic' from name
02 Nov 09 |  Celtic Crusaders
St Helens 10-18 Leeds Rhinos
10 Oct 09 |  Rugby League

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