Promoted Hornets first up for Rams

Rams coach Glenn Morrison was team manager for the Jamaica national side who beat Ireland and drew with Wales.
Rams coach Glenn Morrison was team manager for the Jamaica national side who beat Ireland and drew with Wales.
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Dewsbury Rams kick off the 2017 Kingstone Press Championship season with a trip to newly promoted Rochdale Hornets on Sunday February 5.

Rochdale caused an upset by battling back from 16-0 down to beat Toulouse Olympique 24-22 and clinch their return to the second tier in September.

Toulouse went on to also win promotion via the play-offs and Dewsbury supporters can look forward to planning a trip to watch their side in France.

The Rams travel to the Stade Ernest Argeles, in Blagnac, on Saturday February 18 and sandwiched in between away games against the promoted duo is the first home game of the season against Swinton Lions on February 12.

Dewsbury will again face old foes Batley Bulldogs three times next season, the first of which will see them have home advantage on Good Friday, April 14.

The return at Fox’s Biscuits Stadium is on Sunday, July 9, while the fierce rivals will also clash in next year’s Summer Bash, in Blackpool, on Sunday, May 28.

Other notable games for the Rams will see them renew acquaintances with relegated Super League side Hull KR.

Hull KR are sure to be well supported when they make the trip to Tetley’s Stadium on Sunday March 12, with the return on Humberside scheduled for June 18.

Dewsbury end the regular season at home to Sheffield Eagles on Sunday July 23, after which, the 12 Betfred Super League clubs and 12 Kingstone Press Championship clubs split into the Super Eights.

Dewsbury were involved in the Championship Shield after finishing eighth after the 23 regular rounds last season and they went on to reach the semi-finals before losing to Bradford Bulls.

The Rams and Bulls locked horns five times last season with Dewsbury knocking Bradford out of the Challenge Cup and also securing a terrific win at Odsal.

Dewsbury’s trip to Bradford is on Sunday March 25, with the Bulls visiting Tetley’s Stadium on June 4.

Rams coach Glenn Morrison was team manger for the Jamaican national side who defeated Ireland 68-16 and then earned a terrific 16-16 draw against Wales at Belle Vue last Friday.

Joel Farrell, who has moved from Dewsbury to Batley in the close season, was also part of the history making Jamaica squad.

Rams 2017 Fixtures

February

Sun 5 Rochdale Hornets (away) 3pm

Sun 12 Swinton Lions (home) 3pm

Sat 18 Toulouse Olympique (away) 3pm

Sun 26 London Broncos (home) 3pm

March

Sun 5 Oldham (away) 3pm

Sun 12 Hull KR (home) 3pm

Sun 26 Bradford Bulls (away) 3pm

April

Sun 2 Featherstone Rovers (home) 3pm

Sun 9 Halifax (away) 3pm

Friday 14 Batley Bulldogs (home) 3pm

Monday 17 Sheffield Eagles (away) 3pm

Sun 30 Oldham (home) 3pm

May

Sun 7 Halifax (home) 3pm

Sun 21 Featherstone Rovers (away) 3pm

Sunday 28 Batley Bulldogs — Blackpool Summer Bash 5.15pm

June

Sun 4 Bradford Bulls (home) 3pm

Sun 11 London Broncos (away) 3pm

Sun 18 Hull KR (away) 3pm

Sun 25 Toulouse Olympique (home) 3pm

July

Sun 2 Rochdale Hornets (home) 3pm

Sun 9 Batley Bulldogs(away) 3pm

Sun 16 Swinton Lions (away) 3pm

Sun 23 Sheffield Eagles (home) 3pm

Fixtures, courtesy of the RFL.

Dates and kick off times are subject to change.