BBC confirm coverage for second round Challenge Cup tie

Drew Darbyshire
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The BBC have confirmed they will cover Cornwall’s Challenge Cup second round tie against community club Rochdale Mayfield on February 25.

Edinburgh Eagles v Saddleworth Rangers has already been confirmed as the first round tie to be shown on BBC iPlayer and BBC Sport Online on Saturday, February 11 (1:15pm).

Two weeks later on February 25, League 1 club Cornwall will welcome Rochdale Mayfield to the Memorial Ground in Penryn. Mayfield have been given a bye to the second round as one of the elite community teams in the National Conference League. BBC iPlayer and BBC Sport Online will show the game live, 1pm kick-off.

Cornwall general manager John Beach said: “We are thrilled that our debut in the Challenge Cup will be shown live on BBC Sport.

“We travelled across to Wembley when the draws for the first two rounds were made last month, because it is such a significant step for our club to enter the sport’s most historic competition.

“For our club to receive national broadcast exposure will be a huge lift in terms of profile and awareness as we prepare for our second season; and it will also provide deserved recognition for Rochdale Mayfield who will be making such a long trip down for the match.”

The Sportsman will stream the Wigan derby between St Patricks and Ince Rose Bridge in the first round on Saturday (3pm).

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Challenge Cup first round


  • Fryston Warriors v Thornhill Trojans
  • Featherstone Lions v GB Police
  • Skirlaugh v Wests Warriors
  • Hull Dockers v Rhondda Outlaws
  • London Chargers v North Herts Crusaders
  • Doncaster Toll Bar v RAF
  • Hammersmith Hills Hoists v Dublin City Exiles
  • Brentwood Eels v Bedford Tigers
  • Stanningley v Milford
  • Royal Navy v Barrow Island
  • West Bowling v Waterhead
  • Westgate Common v Crosfields
  • British Army v Ashton Bears
  • Edinburgh Eagles v Saddleworth Rangers
  • Wigan St Patricks v Ince Rose Bridge
  • Distington v Orrell St James


  • Heworth v Oulton Raiders
  • Jarrow Vikings v Myton Warriors

 Second round (February 24-26)

  • Jarrow or Myton v Leigh Miners Rangers
  • Skirlaugh or Wests v Chargers or North Herts
  • Hull Dockers or Rhondda v Midlands Hurricanes
  • Army or Ashton v Dewsbury Rams
  • Fryston or Thornhill v Stanningley or Milford
  • Workington Town v Wigan St Patricks or Ince Rose Bridge
  • Rochdale Hornets v London Skolars
  • Distington or Orrell v Hammersmith or Dublin
  • Cornwall v Rochdale Mayfield
  • Hunslet v Heworth or Oulton
  • Siddal v West Hull
  • Brentwood or Bedford v Wath Brow
  • North Wales Crusaders v Navy or Barrow Island
  • Toll Bar or RAF v York Acorn
  • Lock Lane v West Bowling or Waterhead
  • Featherstone Lions or GB Police v Westgate or Crosfields
  • Hunslet ARLFC v Pilkingtons Recs
  • Doncaster v Oldham
  • Edinburgh or Saddleworth v Thatto Heath Crusaders

The second round sees the 10 League 1 clubs enter the competition, as well as 10 from the Premier Division of the National Conference League.

The Championship clubs enter the competition at the third round stage, and will need to win three matches to join the Super League clubs in the last 16.

The men’s Challenge Cup final takes place at Wembley on August, with the women’s final taking place before it.

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