The 2019 National Conference League champions West Hull have been handed a tough trip to Wigan St Patricks in a meeting of two of amateur Rugby League’s most renowned and successful clubs in the Second Round of the 2020 Coral Challenge Cup.
West Hull’s local rivals Skirlaugh have been rewarded for their unexpected win against Hunslet Club Parkside in the First Round tie streamed live by the BBC with an away tie against the British Army, the only one of the three Forces teams to make the Second Round.
Sherwood Wolf Hunt, who won a thriller against London’s Wests Warriors in the First Round, have another home tie, with Bradford’s West Bowling making the trip to North Nottinghamshire.
Great Britain Police, having thrashed the Welsh club Torfaen Tigers 66-0 in the First Round, will expect stiffer opposition from Rochdale Mayfield – although they again have home advantage.
There is a West Yorkshire derby between Thornhill Trojans and Normanton Knights, while the two Cumbrian First Round winners must both travel – Distington to Holmfirth to face Underbank Rangers, and Barrow Island to York Acorn.
Ties will be played on the weekend of January 25-26, with two selected for live streaming – one by the BBC, and one by the RFL’s Our League app.
The 11 winners will join the 11 teams from Betfred League 1 in the Third Round draw on January 27, with the 14 Betfred Championship clubs joining at the Fourth Round stage in February, four Betfred Super League clubs entering the Fifth Round draw, and the remaining eight – including Warrington Wolves, the Coral Challenge Cup holders – joining the competition at the Sixth Round stage in April.
The BBC will televise two ties from the Sixth Round and the Quarter Finals, and then both Semi Finals, which will be played with the Coral Women’s Challenge Cup Final in a triple header at the University of Bolton Stadium on Saturday June 6 – www.rugby-league.com/challengecup/article/56173/contract-extension-and–triple-header-confirmed-for-coral-challenge-cups
The 2020 Coral Challenge Cup Final will be played at Wembley Stadium on Saturday July 18 – www.rugby-league.com/tickets/challenge_cup_final
Coral Challenge Cup, Second Round (ties to be played weekend of January 25-26):
Thornhill Trojans v Normanton Knights, Leigh Miners Rangers v Upton, Underbank Rangers v Distington, British Army v Skirlaugh, Milford v Ince Rose Bridge, York Acorn v Barrow Island, GB Police v Rochdale Mayfield, Sherwood Wolf Hunt v West Bowling, Siddal v Ashton Bears, Wigan St Patricks v West Hull, West Bank Bears v Bentley.