The schedule for the Third Round of the Challenge Cup next week has been confirmed.
Three of the eight ties are available on free to air coverage, and the other five to be streamed on the RFL’s Our League web and app on a pay per view basis, with “ticket” sales shared between the clubs.
The first tie available free of charge will continue the coverage of this season’s Challenge Cup by TheSportsman.com, who will show the York City Knights for the second time as they welcome Wigan Warriors to the new LNER Community Stadium, following away wins against Sheffield Eagles and London Broncos.
That match will be on Friday night, April 9, with a 7.45pm kick-off, and can be found on TheSportsman.com’s YouTube and Facebook pages.
The BBC will launch their network Challenge Cup coverage in 2021 with a double header on the Saturday. Starting with the eagerly anticipated clash between St Helens and Leeds Rhinos at 2.30pm followed by Catalans Dragons against Wakefield Trinity. Both matches will be live on BBC Two from the Totally Wicked Stadium.
The Third Round will begin with an all-Super League tie between Hull KR and Castleford Tigers, a repeat of the 1986 Wembley final, kicking off at 6pm on Friday April 9 – with live coverage on Our League for an Earlybird price of £4.95 increasing to £10 on the day of the match.
There are two more Our League ties on Saturday April 10. Salford Red Devils will begin their quest to return to Wembley after last year’s Final defeat with a home tie against Widnes Vikings at 12.30pm.
Finally, the day will conclude with another intriguing tie between Championship and Super League clubs as Featherstone Rovers host Hull FC at 7pm.
That leaves two ties on Sunday April 11, as Swinton Lions face Warrington Wolves at 12.30pm, then Leigh Centurions host Huddersfield Giants at 2.30pm.
Earlybird tickets for all five Our League ties are now available via www.rugby-league.com/livestream.
Friday 9 April
18:00 KO – Hull KR v Castleford Tigers – Live on Our League (£4.95 EB & £10 on the day)
19:45 KO – York City Knights v Wigan Warriors – Live on The Sportsman website, YouTube & Facebook
Saturday 10 April
12:30 KO – Salford Red Devils v Widnes Vikings – Live on Our League (£4.95 EB, £10 on the day)
14:30 KO – St Helens v Leeds Rhinos – Live on BBC One (coverage starts 2pm)
17:00 KO – Catalans Dragons v Wakefield Trinity – Live on BBC Two
19:00 KO – Featherstone Rovers v Hull FC – Live on Our League (£4.95 EB & £10 on the day)
Sunday 11 April
12:30 KO – Swinton Lions v Warrington Wolves – Live on Our League (£4.95 EB & £10 on the day)
14:30 KO – Leigh Centurions v Huddersfield Giants – Live on Our League (£4.95 EB & £10 on the day)