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Wolfpack to face Giants in Coral Challenge Cup

Toronto Wolfpack will face a tough trip to one of the early-season Super League pacesetters Huddersfield Giants when they return to the Coral Challenge Cup next month.

The Canadian club did not feature in last season’s competition, but have returned in 2020 following their promotion to the Betfred Super League – on the basis they will play all their ties away from home.

Huddersfield are the only team with a 100% winning record even at this early stage of the Super League season after claiming away victories against Catalans Dragons, Salford Red Devils and Hull KR.

The other two Super League clubs to enter the competition at this stage have both received home draws against Betfred Championship opposition with an impressive Challenge Cup pedigree – Wakefield Trinity will host their old West Yorkshire rivals Bradford Bulls, while Hull KR have home advantage against Leigh Centurions, who have already signalled their intention to launch a strong promotion challenge with four wins in as many matches in league and Cup so far.

Of the four Betfred League 1 teams remaining in the competition, Newcastle Thunder will host the winners of the Whitehaven-Dewsbury Fourth Round tie which was postponed on Sunday.

Workington Town will travel to Sheffield Eagles, the famous 1998 Challenge Cup winners who returned to Wembley last summer to claim the inaugural AB Sundecks 1895 Cup; Hunslet have a shorter trip to Featherstone Rovers; and Rochdale Hornets’ reward for their weekend win against the British Army is an away tie against York City Knights, who claimed an impressive Fourth Round win against London Broncos in the capital.

Widnes Vikings will host Swinton Lions in the only all-Championship tie of the round.

The ties will be played on the weekend of March 12-15, one of them to be streamed live by BBC Sport, and another by the RFL’s Our League app.

The eight winners will join the top eight from last season’s Super League – including Warrington Wolves, the holders – in the Sixth Round in early April, with the quarter finals following in May, the semi finals again being played as a triple header also featuring the Coral Women’s Challenge Cup Final (on June 6), and this year’s Wembley Final on a new date of Saturday July 18.

Coral Challenge Cup Fifth Round:

Wakefield Trinity v Bradford Bulls
Widnes Vikings v Swinton Lions
Sheffield Eagles v Workington Town
Newcastle Thunder v Whitehaven or Dewsbury
Featherstone Rovers v Hunslet
Toronto Wolfpack v Huddersfield Giants
Hull KR v Leigh Centurions
York City Knights v Rochdale Hornets

Fifth Round ties will be played on the weekend of 12/15 March. As in the previous two rounds, one tie will be selected for live streaming by BBC Sport, and another by the RFL’s Our League app.

2020 Coral Challenge Cup schedule

14/15 March: Fifth Round

4/5 April: Sixth Round (8 Fifth Round winners, plus the top eight from last season’s Betfred Super League)

9/10 May: Quarter Finals

6 June: Semi Finals

Saturday July 18: Final – Wembley Stadium

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SINCE Covid-19 caused us to temporarily abandon door-to-door CLUB CASH lottery collections last Spring there’s never been a better time to come on board and help Roughyeds to get through these hugely challenging times.

Why? The £500-a-week rollover jackpot is back — not only that there are now TWO £50 prizes and TWO £25 prizes in addition to the first prize of £1,000, a second prize of £100 and ten consolation prizes of £10.

But the return of the jackpot is the big lottery news. It’s back this week and it’s been won first time out, so next week’s jackpot is again £500 but if nobody touches lucky it will go up to £1,000 the following week and increase by £500 a week, if not won, to a maximum of £10,000.

We have seriously missed the regular income from collections on the doorstep, but we cannot thank too much those supporters who have got behind the club in these unprecedented times of hardship by keeping their Club Cash memberships going or, indeed, by joining for the first time, knowing that for £1 a week they can help the club to combat Covid and prepare with confidence for the challenges of Betfred Championship rugby in 2021.

You can send a cheque to cover a set number of weeks; take out a bank standing order — our preferred option; complete a bank transfer; or pay for several weeks up front by credit or debit card.

You can download a standing order form by clicking on the link at the end of this news release and following the instructions or you can contact our Club Cash administrator John McAndrew (tel: 07980 129541; email: mcandrewj@aol.com) or speak to the club direct on 07904 898177 or email to: enquiries@roughyeds.co.uk

The easiest way, though, is to download a standing order form below. The latest prize updates are shown on the form as follows (all for £1): £1,000, £100, £50 (2), £25 (2), a number of £10 consolation prizes and the £500-a-week rollover jackpot.

Best of luck!

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