Watch: Emma Jones and Drew talk Challenge Cup draw, World Cup & pies

Drew Darbyshire
Emma Jones and Drew Darbyshire Love Rugby League

Emma Jones chats to Love Rugby League deputy editor Drew Darbyshire

Emma Jones sits down with Drew Darbyshire to discuss the Challenge Cup sixth round draw, the World Cup and her hunt for the best grub in rugby league.

Challenge Cup sixth round draw


Catalans Dragons v Featherstone Rovers

Whitehaven v St Helens

Warrington Wolves v Wakefield Trinity

Hull Kingston Rovers v Leigh Centurions

Wigan Warriors v Salford Red Devils

Leeds Rhinos v Castleford Tigers

Sheffield Eagles v Hull FC

Barrow Raiders v Huddersfield Giants

Emma Jones: The sixth round draw has been made and we know that some Championship sides are getting to host Super League which is brilliant isn’t it?

Drew: I love the Challenge Cup for this aspect. We’ve got Barrow hosting Huddersfield, in which there could be an upset! Whitehaven host St Helens, who have won Super League for three years in a row now. The Whitehaven fans will love welcoming the Saints up to Cumbria.

Sheffield face Hull. Mark Aston’s side have picked up a couple of wins in the Championship so far this season so I’m excited to see how they go against Hull.

But the big one for me is Barrow v Huddersfield. I think that could be a real upset.

Emma: The good thing about the cup is that it gives lower league sides an opportunity to go up against the big boys doesn’t it?

Drew: It’s good because it provides a bit of financial stability for them as well. We all know rugby league is not a massively funded sport. The lower league clubs struggle financially throughout the year so the likes of Whitehaven are going to be bankrolled for the rest of the season now. If they wanted to bring a player in mid-season now they wouldn’t have to worry about it now because of the gate receipt they will get from the Saints tie. It eases the financial stress.

World Cup latest

Emma: Do we have any updates on the World Cup?

Drew: I spoke to St Helens coach Kristian Woolf, who is also the coach of the Tonga national team, last week. They’ve enjoyed a meteoric rise in international rugby league over the last couple of years so I really fancy their chances in this year’s World Cup.

Australia and New Zealand are the big boys and will be the favourites for the World Cup. But I fancy Tonga myself. I hope England can go all the way again and get to the final. I think England will have an advantage because of the weather in autumn but Tonga are my pick.

Emma Jones on the hunt for the best grub in rugby league


Drew: I’m getting quite jealous that you get to taste all the pies every week! The Widnes one looked a treat…

Emma: Oh my god, I am living my dream! At Widnes, Jack Owens delivered it for us and we had the pies in front of us and we even got a Snickers Duo, so it was reyt good.

At Bradford last Monday I had chips and curry sauce, which were lovely. And then we had giant cookies, which were unbelievable.

We are at Halifax on Monday who play Leigh. They’ve told us we are in for a treat so I’m very excited.

Emma Jones’ search the best grub in rugby league continues on Monday night when she presents the Championship clash between Halifax and Leigh from The Shay for Premier Sports.

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