Tuesday, January 27, 2015
Rugby League News

Challenge Cup

Wigan and Saints favourites for cup glory

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Ladbrokes have priced Wigan Warriors and St Helens as 4/1 joint favourites to go all the way and lift the Ladbrokes Challenge Cup in 2015. First Utility Super League champions St Helens will be looking to add more silverware to the cabinet at Langtree Park this year as they aim to reach Wembley for the first time since 2008. Wigan’s ... Read More »

Challenge Cup first round draw made

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The draw for the first round of the 2015 Ladbrokes Challenge Cup took place this afternoon in the dressing rooms at the iconic Wembley Stadium. The home teams were drawn by four-times Challenge Cup winner, Martin Offiah MBE and the away teams were drawn by Brian Noble, former coach of 2003 Challenge Cup winners Bradford Bulls. Forty clubs drawn from ... Read More »

Challenge Cup first round draw: The teams

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THE draw for the first round of the 2015 Challenge Cup will be made at Wembley on Thursday (8 January). Whilst the final, which will take place on Saturday 29 August, will almost certainly involve two of the sport’s leading sides, early interest will be highest among the 40 grassroots teams that will contest the opening stage on the weekend ... Read More »

RFL confirms Ladbroke Challenge Cup sponsorship

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The RFL has confirmed the news first revealed in this week’s issue of League Express, that it has agreed a three-year partnership with betting and gaming company Ladbrokes to become title sponsors of the Rugby League Challenge Cup, which will now be called the Ladbrokes Challenge Cup. The Ladbrokes Challenge Cup will be contested by 78 clubs drawn from the First Utility ... Read More »

Ladbrokes to sponsor Challenge Cup

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League Express reports today (Mon 5 Jan) that leading bookmaker Ladbrokes will be unveiled as the sponsor for the 2015 Challenge Cup this Thursday (8 January). After the two-year sponsorship deal with Tetley’s came to an end following Leeds Rhinos’ 23-10 victory against Castleford Tigers last August, the oldest Cup competition in Rugby League had been searching for the seventh ... Read More »

Widnes Vikings fined £20,000 for Challenge Cup pitch invasion

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Widnes Vikings have been fined £20,000 after an independent tribunal found them guilty of serious breaches of RFL Operational Rules following crowd disturbances at the end of a Challenge Cup semi-final against Castleford Tigers played at Leigh Sports Village played on Sunday August 10. Widnes were found to be in breach of Operational Rule D1.8c (improper conduct), D1.10b (safety/misconduct of ... Read More »

Opinion: My thoughts on the league restructure

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Rugby League World journalist Dave Hadfield reflects on a morning spent with the RFL discussing plans for the game in 2015… It was déjà vu all over again. Sitting in a hotel in Brighouse, hearing about the plan to save the game; is it any wonder some of us were coming over all nostalgic? I would have liked a bit ... Read More »

Wembley statue begins to come to life

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The players and relatives of the figures represented in the statue that will be unveiled at Wembley in 2015 to celebrate the sport’s long and proud association with the national stadium were given their first sight of the impressive artwork this week. Billy Boston MBE, Martin Offiah MBE and Alex Murphy OBE were joined by Bev Risman, the son of ... Read More »

RFL: Challenge Cup crowd invasion investigation continuing

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The RFL is continuing to work with Widnes Vikings, Castleford Tigers, Greater Manchester Police and other agencies in the ongoing inquiry into the crowd disturbances at the Challenge Cup semi-final played at Leigh Sports Village on Sunday August 10. Evidence gathered during the investigation, including detailed video analysis from the pitch invasion that took place at the end of the ... Read More »

Wembley pain can shape my future, says Sneyd

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Castleford Tigers halfback Marc Sneyd has said that his painful Wembley experience can be used as a motivational tool for the rest of his career. Sneyd endured a torrid afternoon for the Tigers in the Challenge Cup final, being hauled off by coach Daryl Powell after just 26 minutes of their defeat to Leeds, before returning midway through the second-half. ... Read More »