YORK City Knights Ladies have been handed a repeat of the Betfred Women's Challenge Cup final for their return to action in the Betfred Women's Super League (BWSL).

The BWSL agreed to take a 'circuit-break' as a competition last month before returning as two separate mini-divisions.

The top five, of which York are among, will compete for the BWSL Grand Final while the bottom five will battle it out for the BWSL Shield.

Both matches will take place at Emerald Headingley on Sunday, October 10.

York will be aiming to reach a second major final of the year and their campaign starts against St Helens - who they lost 34-6 to in the June's cup final - on August 21/22 at the Totally Wicked Stadium.

Then, the Knights will make their return to the LNER Community Stadium on August 28/29 against reigning champions Leeds Rhinos.

The match looks set to be played on the same day as York City Knights men's side face Bradford Bulls, on August 29 in the Beftred Championship.

The event would be the first double-header involving the two side's at the city's new ground, although this has yet to be confirmed by the club.

The five teams will play each other once and will jockey for position and home advantage in the BWSL play-off semi-finals on September 25/26.

"Details of streaming coverage for the remainder of the season, and ticket information for the Grand Final, will be published in the coming weeks," a statement by the Rugby Football League said.

"Points earned from previous matches in the BWSL will not be carried forward to the Play-Offs or Shield, because teams had played different number of matches against different opponents," the governing body added.