Rugby League Advent #7 – Challenge Cup, Toronto squad & paper talk

7 – The number of sponsors that the Challenge Cup has had

With the news yesterday detailing the set up of this year’s Challenge Cup, the presence of its first Serbian team in the shape of Red Star Belgrade, and the surprise withdrawal of Toronto Wolfpack, it’s fitting that today’s advent relates to the game’s oldest competition.

Check out our recent feature detailing the sponsors the Challenge Cup has had in its history.

What’s on site

Here are all the details about the Challenge Cup, with the first round draw to take place next week.

You’ve had your say on whether there should be a mid-season international in 2019.

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It’s the final Final Hooter podcast of the calendar year, with Dave and Adrian.

We’ve had a look at how Toronto’s squad is shaping up for 2019.

What’s on social

Toronto have been left frustrated at not being able to participate in the Challenge Cup.

A puzzler from the England account

Wigan have been down in Milton Keynes during pre-season.

What’s in the papers

The bouncers involved in the disgraceful attack on St Helens academy player Joe Sharratt have been sacked, reports Sky News.

The Yorkshire Post report that Leeds have handed a trial to former Hull KR and Bradford forward James Donaldson.

After a busy end to last week with a glut of signings, Leigh are still chasing at least another six papers according to the Leigh Journal.

Hull KR’s Craven Park home has been closed completely following last week’s incident where a floodlight collapsed, reports Hull Live.