COVENTRY Bears will play Super League Champions Leeds Rhinos on January 18, in the Rhinos first game of 2018.
The pre-season friendly will be played at Butts Park Arena, kick-off 7.45pm, the last time the two teams met was in 1913 where Leeds won 102-0.
On securing the fixture the Bears Managing Director Alan Robinson said: “This is the most important Rugby League game to be held in Coventry since the 2016 Four Nations and we are honoured that the most successful club in the Super League era of the sport will be gracing the hallowed turf of the Butts Park Arena.
“This is a unique opportunity for Bears’ fans, rugby enthusiasts and general sports followers in Coventry, and the wider Midlands region, to witness an iconic sporting institution on their doorstep and we would encourage everyone who enjoys live sport to come along and watch the eight-time Betfred Super League champions do battle with the Bears.”
Meanwhile Leeds Rhinos Chief Executive Gary Hetherington commented: “We are delighted to take up the invitation from Coventry Bears to play them in pre-season. As part of our ambassador scheme, our West Midlands Supporter Branch has been based at Coventry Bears for two years and it is great to reward the hard work being done in the Midlands with this fixture.”