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Raiders Fixtures Bring Fearsome February

Paul Crarey

Barrow Raiders will get a baptism of fire following promotion to rugby league's Championship.

The fixtures are out and Raiders start the season at London Broncos

That's followed by the Toronto Wolfpack's first visit to Barrow, before Leigh Centurions come to town.

Coach Paul Crarey labelled it a "start and a half".

Barrow earned the right to Championship rugbyafter a nail biting 10-6 League One play off final win against Whitehaven last month.

But it February which is foremost in the mind of Crarey, who added: “I think it is going to be a massive challenge for us, there is no harder start than what we have got against potential Super League teams.

“At least we have got Toronto to play at home and we have got Leigh at home, which will be great for our crowd. Hopefully we can compete and see where we are.

“That’s where we are probably not at, the top end of the table which is where they will be. To be realistic we are fighting to stay up.”

Crarey is calling on supporters to enjoy the Championship ride and he said: “Enjoy every game and cheer is on from week one until the end of the season no matter what is thrown at us.”

Preparations for the Championship start on November 18 when pre-season begins. 

Barrow have two home friendlies against Keighley Cougars on January 14 and Whitehaven on January 28.

Full fixtures can be found by clicking here.

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