WARRINGTON Wolves will compete in The Betfred Wheelchair Super League for the first time in 2022.

Alongside Wigan Warriors and London Roosters, The Wire will enter this year’s seven-team competition as the sport looks to flourish ahead of the World Cup this autumn.

The league begins on March 5-6 with Wolves taking on Hull FC, Leeds Rhinos launching their title defence against the Crusaders and Wigan facing London, with the Halifax Panthers the one side not to play.

There will be seven initial rounds of fixtures, before the top four teams will progress to a Super 4 League, concluding in the Grand Final set to be aired on live on Sky Sports.

The bottom three teams will join clubs leading from the Wheelchair RL Championship.

General Manager of England Wheelchair Rugby League, Martin Coyd OBE said: “As we look forward to hosting the Wheelchair Rugby League World Cup this autumn, this new structure represents a major step forward for the Wheelchair game.

“To have famous rugby league names such as Warrington Wolves and Wigan Warriors joining Halifax Panthers, Hull FC, North Wales Crusaders and the champions Leeds Rhinos is a huge boost for the competition, and further evidence of the growing profile of wheelchair rugby league.

“To have coverage from Sky Sports already confirmed for the Grand Final is another huge lift for everyone involved, and another reminder of the progress that has been made in the last couple of years.

“There is growing strength in depth also, with more teams appearing in different towns and cities, many of them benefiting from the CreatedBy facilities funding secured by the RFL and RLWC2021.”

The Betfred Wheelchair Challenge Cup will kick off with a festival in April with the final set for June, and discussions also advanced for England Wheelchair to play a Mid-Season International to continue their World Cup preparations.