Ladbrokes Challenge Cup first round draw made

The draw for the Ladbrokes Challenge Cup first round took place live on the BBC Sport website this evening (Tuesday, December 12).

Conducting the draw was former Hull FC captain and back-to-back winner of the Challenge Cup Gareth Ellis, who was picking the home balls. Away teams were drawn by England Assistant Coach and five-time Challenge Cup trophy winner Paul Wellens.

In an all-time first for the Challenge Cup, London Chargers were drawn at home against Hammersmith Hills Hoists in an all-London fixture.

Scottish Champions Strathmore Silverbacks will travel to Cumbria to face Millom in the first round.

West Hull will welcome the first Irish side to enter the Cup since 1998, Longhorns.

All first-round ties will be played over the weekend of January 27-28.

2018 Ladbrokes Challenge Cup first round draw in full is as follows:

  • Leigh Miners Rangers v Myton Warriors
  • Underbank Rangers v Batley Boys
  • Kells v British Police
  • Wallsend Eagles v Pilkington Recs
  • Rochdale Mayfield v Crosfields
  • Lock Lane v Hindley
  • Hunslet Club Parkside v Valley Cougars
  • London Chargers v Hammersmith Hills Hoists
  • Royal Air Force v Drighlington
  • Oulton Raiders v Siddal
  • Millom v Strathmore Silverbacks
  • Loughborough University v Bradford Dudley Hill
  • University of Hull v Hensingham
  • Orrell St James v Northampton Demons
  • Royal Navy v Normanton Knights
  • York Acorn v Askam
  • Saddleworth Rangers v Thatto Heath Crusaders
  • Shaw Cross Sharks v Beverley
  • West Hull v Longhorns RL
  • East Leeds v Thornhill Trojans
  • Hunslet Warriors v Wath Brow Hornets
  • Featherstone Lions v Skirlaugh
  • British Army v Milford Marlins
  • Distington v Queens

Selection for the BBC Sport streamed fixture will be made in due course.

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