Saddleworth Rangers face a tough trip over the hill to Siddal in the first round of the Coral Challenge Cup over the weekend of January 11 and 13.
Bentley will face military opposition for the second consecutive season in the Coral Challenge Cup after being paired with the Royal Air Force in the First Round draw.
The thriving Doncaster community club, who were selected as draw hosts to reward their successful application for facilities funding from the CreatedBy RLWC2021 Capital Grants Programme, will be hoping for a repeat of their 18-16 victory over the British Army in the First Round of last year’s competition.
The Army will have home advantage as they aim to clear the first hurdle in 2020, against Oulton Raiders of West Yorkshire, while the Royal Navy must travel to Widnes to face the West Bank Bears.
Other intriguing ties see the Welsh amateurs Torfaen Tigers drawn away to Great Britain Police, while the former St Helens full-back Phil Veivers will take his Ashton Bears team to Scotland to face Edinburgh Eagles.
Longhorns, the Ireland Rugby League champions, have a tough trip to Normanton Knights, and the second Welsh team to enter this stage of the competition,
Rhondda Outlaws face a similarly daunting tie at Barrow Island. But one team from development territory is guaranteed to reach the Second Round as Wests Warriors, the nearest club to Wembley in the 2020 competition, have the comparatively short trip to Nottinghamshire to face Sherwood Wolf Hunt, who won the Harry Jepson Trophy in 2019 to earn their place on the Road to Wembley.
The 22 First Round ties will take place over the weekend of 11-12 January, with one to be selected for live streaming by the BBC – the start of their coverage of at least one match from each round of the 2020 competition – and another by the RFL’s Our League cameras.
The first semi-professional clubs, from Betfred League 1, will enter at the Third Round stage on the weekend of 8-9 February, and Championship clubs two weeks later in the Fourth Round.
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, followed by the remaining Super League clubs for Round Six on the weekend of 4-5 April.
The Coral Challenge Cup Final will be played more than a month earlier than in 2019 – on Saturday 18 July. And fans still have time to take advantage of a special Early Bird ticket offer, 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 since the 2019 Coral Challenge Cup Final – eticketing.co.uk/rugbyleague – and 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: 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.
2020 Coral Challenge Cup schedule
Round One: 11-12 January
Round Two: 25-26 January
Round Three: 8-9 February
Round Four: 22-23 February
Round Five: 14-15 March
Round Six: 4-5 April
Quarter-finals: 9-10 May
Semi-finals: 6-7 June (Details tbc)
Final: Saturday 18 July (Wembley Stadium connected by EE)