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Odsal to host cup draws

Odsal to host Coral Challenge Cup fourth round and 1895 Cup draws

Wednesday, March 6 Odsal Stadium, home of the Bradford Bulls, will host the Coral Challenge Cup fourth round draw and 1895 Cup first round draw on Tuesday, March 12 from 6.00pm.

Shown live on the BBC Sport website, the fourth-round draw will include the 12 winners from this weekend’s Round Three fixtures and 12 Betfred Championship clubs including Bradford Bulls who last lifted the famous Challenge Cup trophy in 2003.

Following the Challenge Cup draw, the first-round draw of the 1895 Cup will take place live on the RFL Facebook page. The newly introduced competition provides non-Betfred Super League clubs an extra opportunity to play on the hallowed Wembley turf.

Eight Betfred League 1 sides – Doncaster, Hunslet, Keighley Cougars, Newcastle Thunder, Oldham, West Wales Raiders, Whitehaven and Workington Town – will enter the draw at this stage.

Former Bradford Bulls Captain and Lance Todd Trophy winner Robbie Hunter-Paul will be joined by Simon Foster, son of Bradford Northern Rugby League legend Trevor Foster MBE to conduct both draws.

Hunter-Paul played in five Challenge Cup finals during his career, lifting the trophy twice with Bradford in 2000 and 2003 and was awarded the Lance Todd trophy in 1996 after scoring a hat-trick in the Bulls defeat to St Helens.

Trevor Foster MBE made over 400 appearances for Bradford Northern between 1938 ad 1955 and was a key forward in their 1947 and 1949 Challenge Cup victories – the last time Bradford won a Cup final at Wembley Stadium.

His son Simon said: “I’m delighted to be invited to conduct the Challenge Cup fourth round draw at Odsal Stadium.

“The Challenge Cup competition holds some special memories for our family and it’s brilliant to be able to celebrate dad’s achievements. He loved playing at Odsal Stadium during his time with Bradford Northern so it’s extra special to be back there for the draw.”

Saturday’s meeting of Thatto Heath Crusaders and Rochdale Mayfield will be shown live on the BBC Sport website, while Sunday’s Workington Town v Siddal fixture will be shown on the RFL’s Our League channel (web and app).


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