New York to host Challenge Cup sixth round draw

New York will host the sixth round of the Challenge Cup amid plans for the new franchise club based in the Big Apple to enter the competition next season.

The RFL have confirmed the club is at an advanced stage to enter the competition at the first round stage next season, and the famous trophy will be in attendance when the draw is constructed in the City next week.

The draw will see the final eight Super League teams enter the competition, joining the winners from the fifth round games, that take place this weekend.

Coral Challenge Cup – schedule

Wednesday March 11: Fifth Round – Toronto Wolfpack v Huddersfield Giants (745pm, John Smiths Stadium – live on the Our League app); Fourth Round – Whitehaven v Dewsbury Rams (7pm).

Friday March 13: Fifth Round – Featherstone Rovers v Hunslet (730pm); Wakefield Trinity v Bradford Bulls (745pm).

Sunday March 15: Fifth Round (3pm unless stated) – Hull KR v Leigh Centurions, Newcastle Thunder v Whitehaven or Dewsbury Rams (live on BBC Sport), Sheffield Eagles v Workington Town (2pm), Widnes Vikings v Swinton Lions, York City Knights v Rochdale Hornets.

Monday March 16: Sixth Round draw (New York): eight Fifth Round winners plus Castleford Tigers, Catalans Dragons, Hull FC, Leeds Rhinos, Salford Red Devils, St Helens, Warrington Wolves, Wigan Warriors.