14th December 2019, 13:55 | ChallengeCup
The mouth-watering all-Yorkshire Coral Challenge Cup First Round tie between Skirlaugh and Hunslet Club Parkside will be shown live on BBC iPlayer, BBC Sport Online iPlayer and via Red Button on Saturday 11 January (kick off 12.30pm).
And Our League members will be able to watch the following day’s clash between the RAF and Bentley live at 1.30pm from RAF Cranwell in Lincolnshire. The thriving Doncaster community club hosted the draw for round one and will be hoping to repeat their 2019 victory over forces’ opposition – an 18-16 first round win over the British Army – while their hosts enjoy home advantage as they begin their quest to go further than the second round of the competition for the first time.
Also hoping to make the most of home advantage are east Yorkshire side Skirlaugh, whose old boys include Danny Washbrook and Jamie Shaul – themselves Challenge Cup winners with Hull FC – and Steve McNamara, who coached Catalans Dragons to Wembley success in 2018. Standing in their way are Leeds giants Hunslet Club Parkside, winners of four consecutive National Conference League titles between 2015 and 2018, and the junior club of Great Britain internationals such as Garry Schofield and Sam Burgess.
22 other first round ties will take place over the weekend of 11-12 January, with the second round scheduled for 25-26 January and the third for 8-9 February when semi-professional League 1 clubs enter the competition. Championship clubs enter the fray two weeks later in round four, while four Super League clubs – Huddersfield Giants, Hull KR, Wakefield Trinity and Toronto Wolfpack – will enter at round five on the weekend of 14-15 March.
BBC Sport and the Rugby Football League will each live stream one game from each of the first five rounds. Matches shown by BBC will also be available on demand on iPlayer for 30 days. The remaining Super League clubs enter the competition at round six on the weekend of 4-5 April, which is when matches will begin to be screened on BBC1 and BBC2 over the weekend. The BBC will televise two quarter-finals on the weekend of 9-10 May, the two semi-finals on either 6 or 7 June and the Wembley Final on Saturday 18 July.
Fans still have time to take advantage of a special Early Bird ticket offer for the Coral Challenge Cup Final, with 25% off all seats meaning tickets now start from only £15 for adults and £3.75 for under 16s. The RFL has introduced a new and improved ticketing site at eticketing.co.uk/rugbyleague – all customers will need to set up a new account to take advantage of the Early Bird prices.
2020 Coral Challenge Cup First Round draw in full: Rochdale Mayfield v London Chargers, GB Police v Torfaen Tigers, Edinburgh Eagles v Ashton Bears, Leigh Miners Rangers v Stanningley, Underbank Rangers v Lock Lane, West Bank Bears v Royal Navy, Featherstone Lions v West Bowling, British Army v Oulton Raiders, Normanton Knights v Longhorns, Barrow Island v Rhondda Outlaws, Pilkingtons Recs v West Hull, Thornhill Trojans v Thatto Heath Crusaders, York Acorn v Hammersmith Hills Hoists, Siddal v Saddleworth Rangers, Sherwood Wolf Hunt v Wests Warriors, Wigan St Patricks v Dewsbury Moor, Distington v Bedford Tigers, Milford v Wigan St Judes, Upton v Jarrow Vikings, Skirlaugh v Hunslet Club Parkside, RAF v Bentley, Ince Rose Bridge v East Hull.