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MORE FIRSTS FOR WOMEN'S RUGBY LEAGUE!

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The Women's Challenge Cup Final and Shield Finals will be held at the Halliwell Jones Stadium, the first time a major women's Rugby League event has taken place at the Betfred Super League club's home.

The Rugby Football League is committed to increasing the profile of women's Rugby League and creating outstanding playing experiences for players and fans.

This season has seen first-time double-headers with the men's game, first-time women's matches at iconic stadia and growth in both attendances and media coverage.

Challenge Shield: Bradford Bulls v Stanningley KO 1pm
Challenge Cup Final: Castleford Tigers v Leeds Rhinos KO 3pm

Marc Lovering, Development Director, The Rugby Football League said: "The Women’s Challenge Cup is an outstanding competition, deserving of a far higher profile.

"As part of our campaign for Women's Rugby League, the RFL has been working to secure high-profile venues as befits an important national competition.

"We work hard to ensure neutral options are available in the latter stages. We selected the Halliwell Jones ahead of the quarter finals as a fantastic, high quality neutral venue which will showcase these finals to old and new fans alike."

From 2019, the Women's Challenge Cup will be far more closely aligned to the Ladbrokes Challenge Cup and we look forward to making some exciting announcements soon."

The Rugby Football League has been working with clubs, and individuals, at the forefront of the campaign for Women's Rugby League and welcomes more and new partners to the movement.

The result of positive partnership campaigning has been a significant increase in the respect, profile and reach of this part of the sport.

The partnership is driving forward the following objectives: to grow the number of girls and women playing; to use the inspiration of Women's Super League to support the girls' growth programme and new development hubs; to nurture a new U19s league; to support and promote the development of elite talent as the sport looks to RLWC2021; to increase the commercial and media value of the women’s game and to continue to increase its profile.

The Challenge Cup double-header will be live-streamed via the Our League membership App.

The event is being supported by hosts Warrington Wolves who have committed to supporting the marketing of the event and the creation of a great matchday experience.

Warrington Wolves will also support the campaign for Women's Rugby League by announcing details of their new and ambitious plans to grow girls' and women's Rugby League under the Wolves brand.

Plans include exciting new girls' development sessions and the establishing of brand new teams at 12, 14 and 16 as well making a clear statement of intent that Wolves will join other professional clubs with a team in Women's Super League before long.

2017 Results: Finals held at Heworth ARLFC

Challenge Cup Final: Bradford Bulls 50-16 Featherstone Rovers
Challenge Shield Final: York City Knights 26-24 The Army

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