WARRINGTON Wolves' opening fixture of the 2022 Super League season has been confirmed – and it will see them launch a historic TV deal for the competition.

The Wire's first game under new head coach Daryl Powell sees them travel to Headingley to take on Leeds Rhinos on Saturday, February 12, kick off 12.30pm.

It will be the first ever Super League game to be shown live on free-to-air television as part of a new broadcast agreement with Channel 4.

Over the course of the 2022 campaign, 10 Super League matches – including two end-of-season play-offs – will be shown on Channel 4.

“We are delighted to be able to confirm a brand-new broadcast partnership with Channel 4," Super League chairman Ken Davy said.

"They have a great track record of showing some of the best sporting competitions.

“The opportunity to offer live Betfred Super League action to fans on a free-to-air platform across the whole season is fantastic and one that we hope will continue to serve our current fans, as well as attract many new fans to the sport.

“I must thank our principal broadcast partner, Sky Sports, without whose support this partnership would not have been possible.”

Peter Andrews, Channel 4 head of sport, added: “We’re absolutely thrilled to be bringing Super League to free to air television for the first time in its history.

"It’s fantastic news for rugby league fans and it’s a really special addition to Channel 4’s sports portfolio particularly since it’s one of our first major partnerships since moving to our new National HQ building at the Majestic in Leeds.”

The full Super League fixture list will be revealed tomorrow.