Twelve amateur hopefuls join the pros in Challenge Cup draw

    THE draw for the third round of the Ladbrokes Challenge Cup will be made this evening (Tuesday 13 February), and the fourteen Betfred League 1 sides will join the dozen surviving grassroots teams in proceedings. The amateur teams that have progressed through the opening stages are Askam, Batley Boys, British Army, Distington, Featherstone Lions, Hunslet Club Parkside, Kells,…

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Boys rewarded with visit from RAF in Ladbrokes Challenge Cup second round

Batley Boys, who won at Kingstone Press Cider National Conference League Premiers Underbank Rangers in Saturday’s first round, will entertain the RAF at the second stage. London Chargers, meanwhile, travel to the British Army, while Featherstone Lions host Thatto Heath Crusaders in a repeat of the 2001 BARLA National Cup Final as amateur sides battle for a meeting with professional…

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Strathmore Silverbacks are flying the flag for Scotland as the Challenge Cup gets underway

FORFAR is probably best known for its bridies, a steak-and-pastry snack said to have originated in the Scottish town in the middle of the 19th Century. Now Rugby League converts Stuart Gray and Dave Vernon, a player development coach for Scotland’s governing body, are aiming to give the game’s oldest amateur side food for thought in the first round of…

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Motum to lead the way as Police target Challenge Cup triumph at Kells

GREAT Britain Police stalwart James Motum is set for an emotional 80 minutes on Saturday when the side take on his hometown club Kells in the first round of the Ladbrokes Challenge Cup. Motum and his colleagues are aware that their Kingstone Press Cider National Conference League Premier Division opponents present a huge hurdle, especially as Kells have home advantage in…

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Mayfield and the Soap selected for live Challenge Cup coverage

THE Rugby Football League has confirmed that the first round Ladbrokes Challenge Cup tie involving Rochdale Mayfield and Crosfields will be streamed live by the BBC on Saturday 27 January. Mayfield, of the Kingstone Press Cider National Conference League’s Premier Division, reached the championship semi-finals last season; the Soap, meanwhile, operate in Division Two and will be bidding to pull…

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Watersplash Final on show this evening

PLAYERS from both teams will be honoured guests when the famous 1968 `Watersplash’ Challenge Cup Final is screened at Sharlston Rovers tonight (Tuesday 9 January). The final, between Leeds and Wakefield Trinity, was affected by a torrential downpour at Wembley which in normal circumstances would have led to the match being abandoned. But, mindful that the majority of the 87,100…

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