State of Mind Sport will be at the Super League Magic Weekend at Newcastle in July 9th and 10th to launch the ‘BeTheRef’ Virtual Reality Rugby League Referee Experience in the fanzone

The Virtual Reality referee experience will transport you into the referees eye view of the Super League game between Salford Red Devils v St Helens at the end of the Super League last season.

Terry O’Connor from Sky Sports trying out the Virtual Reality headset.

The fixtures for the 2022 Magic Weekend at Newcastle’s St James’ Park have been confirmed with the two-day event taking place over Saturday 9 and Sunday 10 July.

Newly promoted Toulouse Olympique will kick the weekend off as they face Wakefield Trinity. Day One also features two huge derby fixtures as Betfred Super League champions St Helens battle Wigan Warriors before an all-West Yorkshire affair between Leeds Rhinos and Castleford Tigers.

Sunday’s action gets underway with Huddersfield Giants facing Salford Red Devils before last season’s Grand Finalists Catalans Dragons go head-to-head with Warrington Wolves.

The weekend culminates with a massive Hull derby between Hull FC and Hull KR.

Steve Robertson from BBC Radio Merseyside trying out the headset.

Super League Chief Commercial Officer, Rhodri Jones said: “It was great to be back in Newcastle in 2021, and even more so with fans back in the stadium. We are delighted to be returning to St James’ Park in 2022 and I must thank the football club, Newcastle City Council and NE1 for showing us so much support.

“I look forward to seeing the stadium, fan zone and city brimming with Rugby League fans again next year.”

Cllr Ged Bell, cabinet member for development and neighbourhoods at Newcastle City Council said: “Magic Weekend has firmly cemented itself as one of the highlights of Newcastle’s sporting calendar and I’m delighted that this festival of Rugby League is returning to Newcastle in 2022.

“It’s always brilliant to see fans from around the country assemble in Newcastle for an incredibly vibrant and enjoyable weekend. They pack the stands of St James’ Park and provide a bumper weekend of trade to the bars, restaurants, hotels and shops in Newcastle and the wider region.

“With this taking place alongside the rearranged Rugby League World Cup which kicks off in Newcastle next year, our relationship with this great sport is set to go from strength to strength in 2022.”

Magic Weekend fixtures have been kept to the same format used in previous years, where teams are matched based on the position they finished in the league the previous season.

The formula used for deciding fixtures is 1st v 3rd, 2nd v 4th, 5th v 7th, 6th v 8th, 9th v 11th and 10th v 12th.

Tickets for the 2022 Magic Weekend will go on sale from 9am on Monday 29 November via

Season ticket holders can claim a 50% discount on their ticket when purchased via the club. Please see your club’s website for information.

Fixtures in full:

Saturday 9 July

Wakefield Trinity v Toulouse Olympique (14:30)

St Helens v Wigan Warriors (16:45)

Leeds Rhinos v Castleford Tigers (19:00)

Sunday 10 July

Huddersfield Giants v Salford Red Devils (13:00)

Catalans Dragons v Warrington Wolves (15:15)

Hull KR v Hull FC (17:30)