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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Ladbrokes Challenge Cup 2018 first round draw made

The draw for the Ladbrokes Challenge Cup first round took place on Tuesday evening – with a mouthwatering all-London tie being drawn out for the first time in the competition’s history. Former Hull FC captain and back-to-back winner of the Challenge Cup, Gareth Ellis, conducted the draw alongside current England assistant coach and five-time cup winner, Paul Wellens. And the…

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Castleford made favourites… for 2018 Challenge Cup

The 2017 season hasn’t even finished, but one bookmaker has wasted no time whatsoever in dishing out odds for 2018. Bet365 have released very early odds for next year’s Challenge Cup. Inevitably Castleford are the favourites after an impressive season, coming in at 4/1. Wigan Warriors are second favourites after being priced at 9/2, while Grand Finalists, Leeds, current holders…

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