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Coral Challenge Cup Final 2020 and 2021

The Rugby Football League today confirms that while the 2020 Coral Challenge Cup Final will be played behind closed doors for the first time in the competition’s long history, a July date has already been set for the 2021 Final at Wembley Stadium connected by EE.

Plans for a first July Challenge Cup Final in 2020 were scuppered by Covid-19, although the game’s oldest knockout competition has been rearranged since the restart of the season in August and has now reached the Semi Final stage, with the Final to be played at Wembley on Saturday October 17.

The latest Government restrictions on public gatherings mean that no spectators will be permitted for the 119th Challenge Cup Final and the 78th at Wembley – which will be shown live on BBC One from 145pm, with a 3pm kick-off and golden point extra time if the game is drawn after 80 minutes.

Advance ticket holders have been advised today that they can either claim a full refund, credit to another major Rugby League event in 2021 – or transfer their tickets to the 2021 Final, on Saturday July 17.

Tickets will go on general sale in November.

Mark Foster, the RFL’s Chief Commercial Officer, said:

“In what has been such a difficult year in so many ways, the confirmation that the 2020 Coral Challenge Cup Final will be played behind closed doors is a huge disappointment, after we had done everything in our power and received such committed support from everyone involved at Wembley in our efforts to allow some fans into the stadium.

“We hope the announcement of a firm date for the Challenge Cup Final next summer will provide some compensation for Rugby League supporters, with the hope of a return to something like normality, and brighter times ahead.“All the reasons we were looking forward to a first Challenge Cup Final in July in 2020 will hopefully still apply in 2021.

“We have been delighted by the response to our recent announcement that the 2020 Coral Challenge Cup Final will be played at Wembley, with the players and officials of all four clubs in next weekend’s Semi Finals enthused by the prospect of a special occasion even in the absence of spectators.“In such uncertain times, it is a real positive for the game that we are now able to maintain Rugby League’s special relationship with Wembley in both 2020 and 2021 – and we would like to place on record our thanks to all at Wembley Stadium connected by EE as well as everyone involved with our broadcast partners the BBC and our main commercial partners for the competition Coral, for their patience and flexibility in recent weeks.

“Given the impact of the latest announcements from Government regarding social distancing on both the professional and the community game, it is almost certain that there will be implications for the structure of next year’s Challenge Cup. Further announcements on that will be made whenever decisions have been made.”

The Semi Finals of the 2020 Coral Challenge Cup will be played at the Totally Wicked Stadium in St Helens this Saturday (October 3), also behind closed doors, and both shown live on the BBC.

Leeds Rhinos will face Wigan Warriors in the first Semi Final kicking off at 230pm, with coverage on BBC One starting at 2pm; and that will be followed by the meeting of the holders Warrington Wolves with Salford Red Devils, kicking off at 5pm and broadcast live on BBC Two.

Club Cash

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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