The Rugby Football League has announced that Cardiff Arms Park will host the 2022 Betfred Women’s Super League South Grand Final on Sunday 28 August.
Cardiff Demons are the holders of the trophy after beating The Army 30-26 last year, thanks to a last minute try from Wales dual code international Ffion Lewis.
The 9,000-capacity ground has previously hosted men’s Rugby League matches, most recently in 2015 when Wales beat France 14-6 – a game that saw Regan Grace make his first class rugby league debut.
The competition returns on Sunday 15 May when the Cornish Rebels take on Bristol’s Golden Ferns and London Broncos face the British Army.
Seven sides will play seven rounds of fixtures, with the play-off semi-finals and Grand Final scheduled for the weekend of Sunday 14 and Sunday 28 August respectively. Joining the Rebels, the Golden Ferns, the Broncos and the Army are reigning champions Cardiff Demons, Bedford Tigers and a newcomer to Women’s Rugby League – Oxford Cavaliers.
RFL Head of Growth and Wales Women’s Head Coach, Thomas Brindle, says: “We’re delighted to welcome Oxford Cavaliers to the competition this year and we wish them – and the other six BWSLS clubs – a successful season.
“Women’s Rugby League goes from strength to strength with the expansion of the Betfred Women’s Super League South, and nationwide in 2022 we will have more women and girls than ever playing the game. This year we’ll also have girls from Bedford Tigers joining the England talent pathway and the Tigers’ Caroline Collie is now with the England Women’s squad as they step up their preparations for this year’s World Cup.”
The domestic Welsh Women’s League fixtures will be announced soon and will slot in between the Cardiff Demons fixtures.
2022 Betfred Women’s Super League South fixtures:
Round 1 (14/15 May)
Cornish Rebels v Bristol Golden Ferns
London Broncos v British Army
Round 2 (22 May)
Bedford Tigers v Bristol Golden Ferns
British Army v Cardiff Demons
London Broncos v Oxford Cavaliers
Round 3 (4/5 June)
Bristol Golden Ferns v London Broncos
Cornish Rebels v Bedford Tigers
Oxford Cavaliers v British Army
Round 4 (25/26 June)
Bedford Tigers v Oxford Cavaliers
Bristol Golden Ferns v Cardiff Demons
London Broncos v Cornish Rebels
Round 5 (2/3 July)
Bedford Tigers v London Broncos
British Army v Cornish Rebels RLFC
Cardiff Demons v Oxford Cavaliers
Rescheduled Round 1 match (9 July)
Cardiff Demons v Bedford Tigers
Round 6 (16/17 July)
British Army v Bedford Tigers
Cornish Rebels v Cardiff Demons
Oxford Cavaliers v Bristol Golden Ferns
Round 7 (30/31 July)
Bristol Golden Ferns v British Army
Cardiff Demons v London Broncos
Oxford Cavaliers v Cornish Rebels RLFC
Play-off semi-finals: Weekend of 13/14 August
BWSLS Grand Final: Sunday 28 August, Cardiff Arms Park