Why no Challenge Cup Sixth Round tie is on TV broadcast

EAGLE-EYED rugby league fans will have noticed that no Challenge Cup Sixth Round tie will be broadcast live on BBC TV this weekend.

Instead, Leeds Rhinos’ clash with St Helens – a repeat of last weekend’s Super League fixture – will take place on the BBC Red Button, BBC Sport Online and the BBC iPlayer.

Whilst rugby league’s recent TV deal – agreed in time for the 2024 Super League season – has given the BBC 15 Super League games on TV and stream, the Challenge Cup deal with the broadcasting giants begins at the Challenge Cup Quarter-Final stage.

That, of course, means that no Sixth Round tie will be broadcast on TV as Leeds and Saints kick-off at 8pm online.

Meanwhile, Featherstone Rovers’ away clash at Leigh Leopards will take place on The Sportsman’s YouTube channel with a 2pm kick-off.

The Challenge Cup Sixth Round draw is as follows:

Hull KR v Salford Red Devils – Friday 22 March, 8pm
Leeds Rhinos v St Helens – Friday 22 March, 8pm (BBC Sport)
Wigan Warriors v Sheffield Eagles – Friday 22 March, 8pm
Batley Bulldogs v Castleford Tigers – Saturday 23 March, 3pm
Huddersfield Giants v Hull FC – Saturday 23 March,2pm
Leigh Leopards v Featherstone Rovers – Saturday 23 March, 2pm (The Sportsman)
Warrington Wolves v London Broncos – Saturday 23 March, 5.30pm
Halifax Panthers v Catalans Dragons – Sunday 24 March, 3pm

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