2010 Northern Rail Cup Fixtures

Holders Widnes Vikings will begin their defence of the Northern Rail Cup with a home tie against Gateshead Thunder on Sunday January 31.

Other stand out ties in the first round of games that weekend include Sheffield Eagles hosting Halifax, Batley Bulldogs travelling to Whitehaven and last year’s Northern Rail Cup runners-up Barrow Raiders playing against Doncaster at Keepmoat Stadium.

The format and structure of the 2010 Northern Rail Cup competition is the same as last year. All the English-based Co-operative Championship and Championship One clubs have been divided equally into two pools for the group stages with five teams from each division in each pool.

Each team will play two home games and two away games against teams in their pool with each club playing an equal number of The Co-operative Championship and The Co-operative Championship One clubs.

The top four teams in each pool following the conclusion of the group stage fixtures will then progress into an open draw for the knock-out quarter-final stage.

The Northern Rail Cup quarter-finals will be played on the weekend of June 5 and 6 with the semi-finals taking place on June 19 and 20.

Sky Sports will televise one Northern Rail Cup quarter-final tie live on Thursday June 3 and one of the semi-finals on Thursday June 17 as well as providing full coverage of the Northern Rail Cup Final which will be played at Bloomfield Road, Blackpool, on Sunday July 18.

The winners of the Northern Rail Cup will be eligible to apply for a Super League licence in 2011.

Toulouse Olympique and newly-formed South Wales RLFC will not participate in the 2010 Northern Rail Cup.

The Northern Rail 9s also return in 2010 and will again feature English Co-operative Championship and Championship One clubs not involved in the final taking part. The competition will be run on one day this season with full details to be announced shortly.

Northern Rail Cup Pool A

Barrow Raiders
Batley Bulldogs
Blackpool Panthers
Doncaster RLFC
Keighley Cougars
Swinton Lions
Whitehaven
Widnes Vikings
Workington Town
Gateshead Thunder

Northern Rail Cup Pool B

London Skolars
York Knights
Sheffield Eagles
Leigh Centurions
Oldham
Rochdale Hornets
Featherstone Rovers
Halifax RLFC
Hunslet Hawks
Dewsbury Rams

Sunday 31 January

Dewsbury Rams v London Skolars (15:00) 
Leigh Centurions v Oldham (15:00) 
Sheffield Eagles v Halifax R.L.F.C. (15:00) 
Whitehaven v Batley Bulldogs (15:00) 
Widnes Vikings v Gateshead Thunder (15:00) 
Blackpool Panthers v Keighley Cougars (15:00) 
Doncaster RLFC v Barrow Raiders (15:00) 
Hunslet Hawks v Featherstone Rovers (15:00) 
Rochdale Hornets v York City Knights (15:00) 
Workington Town v Swinton Lions (15:00)

Sunday 7 February

Barrow Raiders v Blackpool Panthers (14:00) 
Batley Bulldogs v Widnes Vikings (14:00) 
Featherstone Rovers v Sheffield Eagles (15:00) 
Halifax R.L.F.C. v Dewsbury Rams (15:00) 
Keighley Cougars v Whitehaven (15:00) 
Gateshead Thunder v Workington Town (15:00) 
London Skolars v Hunslet Hawks (14:00) 
Oldham v Rochdale Hornets (15:00) 
Swinton Lions v Doncaster RLFC (15:00) 
York City Knights v Leigh Centurions (15:00)

Sunday 14 February

Batley Bulldogs v Swinton Lions (14:00) 
Keighley Cougars v Workington Town (15:00) 
Leigh Centurions v Featherstone Rovers (15:00) 
Sheffield Eagles v York City Knights (15:00) 
Whitehaven v Doncaster RLFC (15:00) 
Widnes Vikings v Barrow Raiders (15:00) 
Blackpool Panthers v Gateshead Thunder (15:00) 
Hunslet Hawks v Oldham (15:00) 
London Skolars v Halifax R.L.F.C. (15:00) 
Rochdale Hornets v Dewsbury Rams (15:00)

Sunday 21 February

Barrow Raiders v Keighley Cougars (14:00)
Dewsbury Rams v Leigh Centurions (15:00) 
Featherstone Rovers v Rochdale Hornets (15:00) 
Halifax R.L.F.C. v Hunslet Hawks (15:00) 
Doncaster RLFC v Blackpool Panthers (15:00) 
Gateshead Thunder v Batley Bulldogs (15:00) 
Oldham v Sheffield Eagles (15:00) 
Swinton Lions v Widnes Vikings (15:00) 
Workington Town v Whitehaven (15:00) 
York City Knights v London Skolars (15:00)

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