On the Wembley trail



The 2016 Ladbrokes Challenge Cup first round draw took place this afternoon in the famous surroundings of Wembley Stadium.

The draw was made in the dressing room, a familiar setting for Leeds Rhinos winger and 2015 Lance Todd Trophy winner, Tom Briscoe who was picking the home balls. Away teams were drawn by Lizzie Jones, who performed Abide With Me prior to last year’s Challenge Cup final.

Thirty-six clubs representing the community game, Armed Forces, police and University Rugby League were drawn against each other and will begin the famous journey in pursuit of Rugby League’s oldest and most prestigious trophy that ends back in the capital on Saturday August 27.

First round ties will played over the weekend of January 30 – 31.

2016 Ladbrokes Challenge Cup first round draw in full is as follows:

London Chargers v Shaw Cross Sharks

Thatto Heath Crusaders v Hunslet Club Parkside

Aberdeen Warriors v Northumbria University

Stanningley v Pilkington Recs

Normanton Knights v Distington

The Army v Siddal

West Bowling v Lock Lane

Leigh Miners Rangers v Underbank Rangers

East Leeds v Oulton Raiders

Millom v University of Hull

Royal Navy v Featherstone Lions

Widnes West Bank v Rochdale Mayfield

Wath Brow Hornets v Royal Air Force

Hull Dockers v Thornhill Trojans

Egremont Rangers v Blue Bulls

West Hull v Great Britain Police

Kells v Nottingham Outlaws

York Acorn v Sharlston Rovers

Tickets for the 2016 Ladbrokes Challenge Cup final at Wembley Stadium on Saturday August 27 cost from as little as £20 and can be purchased by calling the RFL Ticket Office on 0844 856 1113 or by visiting www.rugbyleaguetickets.co.uk