Ahead of this afternoon’s resumption of the Coral Challenge Cup with the Sixth Round tie between Catalans Dragons and Wakefield Trinity televised live on BBC One (230pm), the RFL and the BBC can confirm a new schedule of televised ties in September.
The outstanding Sixth Round tie between Castleford Tigers and Hull FC, which had been due to be played today but was postponed following the positive Covid-19 tests at Hull FC, will now be played on Sunday September 13, with a 3pm kick-off, live on the BBC (Channel details to follow).
The BBC have selected two Quarter Finals for live coverage the following weekend, both on Saturday September 19: the holders, Warrington Wolves, against the team they beat in last year’s Wembley Final, St Helens, kicking off at 230pm with live coverage on BBC One; followed by Wigan Warriors against the winners of the Castleford-Hull FC Sixth Round tie at 5pm with live coverage on BBC Two.
Venues for the three ties, and details of the remaining quarter finals – Leeds Rhinos versus Hull Kingston Rovers, and the winners of today’s Catalans-Wakefield tie against Salford Red Devils – will be confirmed as soon as possible.
The Semi Finals are scheduled for Saturday October 3, and the Final for Saturday October 17 – again, with venues to be confirmed as soon as possible.
Mark Foster, the RFL’s Chief Commercial Officer, said: “Flexibility has been key throughout the various challenges presented by the Covid-19 pandemic to all sport this year, and the Coral Challenge Cup is no exception.
“We are grateful to our sponsors, to the BBC, and to the clubs involved for recognising the need for that flexibility, as we all work towards providing the best possible climax for the game’s historic knockout competition, in the sport’s 125th year.”
Coral Challenge Cup, 2020
Sixth Round: Catalans Dragons v Wakefield Trinity (Saturday August 22, 230pm, John Smith’s Stadium, Huddersfield);
Castleford Tigers v Hull FC (Sunday September 13, 3pm – venue tbc)
Quarter Finals (venues tbc):
Warrington Wolves v St Helens (Saturday September 19, 230pm, live on BBC One);
Castleford Tigers or Hull FC v Wigan Warriors (Saturday September 19, 5pm, live on BBC Two);
Catalans Dragons or Wakefield Trinity v Salford Red Devils (date tbc);
Leeds Rhinos v Hull Kingston Rovers (date tbc).