Home draw for Miners in Challenge Cup

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LEIGH Miners Rangers have been drawn at home to West Hull in the third round of the Ladbrokes Challenge Cup.

The 14 Kingstone Press League 1 clubs entered the 2015 Ladbrokes Challenge Cup fray last night when they joined 10 community clubs in the draw for the third round of Rugby League’s oldest and most prestigious knockout competition.

Newcomers Coventry Bears will travel to Oldham for their first ever Challenge Cup tie after being paired with fellow League 1 opposition.

Other notable ties in the third round, which will be played over the weekend of March 7 and 8, include Wath Brow Hornets against Newcastle Thunder and Kells against Rochdale Hornets.

The draw took place at Heritage Quay, University of Huddersfield and was conducted by three-time Challenge Cup winner Alex Murphy MBE and Malcolm Reilly OBE, a Challenge Cup winner as a player and coach with Castleford.

Both Murphy and Reilly are Rugby League Hall of Fame members. They are part of Challenge Cup history for winning the game’s most famous trophy three-times and both picked up the Lance Todd Trophy along the way.

The final will be played at Wembley Stadium on Saturday August 29, 120 years to the day since Rugby League was founded at a meeting at the George Hotel in Huddersfield in 1895.

The Ladbrokes Challenge Cup third round draw in full is as follows:

North Wales Crusaders v Widnes West Bank

Elland v Featherstone Lions

Wath Brow Hornets v Newcastle Thunder

Hemel Stags v Oxford RLFC

Oulton Raiders v Normanton Knights

Leigh Miners Rangers v West Hull

Oldham RLFC V Coventry Bears

Kells v Rochdale Hornets

London Skolars v Swinton Lions

Barrow Raiders v Keighley Cougars

South Wales Scorpions v York City Knights

University of Gloucestershire All Golds v Skirlaugh

The third round ties will be played over the weekend of March 7-8.