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globalrugbyleague - Sat, 12 Jan 2008 07:32:00 GMT

The draw for the first round of Rugby League's 2008 Carnegie Challenge
Cup will be staged on January 17 at leading community Rugby League club
Blackbrook (in St Helens).

At this stage of the competition 54 teams will go into the draw
following this weekend's Preliminary round which itself features four
ties.

Among the First Round entrants will be the Rugby League team from
competition's principal partner, Leeds Metropolitan University. The team
- which has a healthy pedigree in this tournament - have qualified via
their performances in the national Student Rugby League competitions.

Teams from the Army, the Royal Air Force and the Royal Navy also line up
at this stage.

Scottish club Edinburgh Eagles and the Twickenham based club St Mary's
will also be involved in the draw.

The draw event takes place at Blackbrook ARLFC which was the junior club
of St Helens' trio Paul Wellens, James Roby and Paul Clough. All three
were members of the Saints side which lifted the famous trophy at the
new Wembley Stadium last August.

Commenting on the First Round draw, Rugby League Services Manager Niel
Wood said; "The Carnegie Challenge Cup provides community clubs with a
great opportunity to test themselves against opposition they would not
normally face.

"As the playing standards across all areas of the game continue to rise,
the draw is sure to provide us with many interesting clashes and I'm
sure all teams will be desperate to go as far as possible and test
themselves against professional opposition as the competition progresses
to the third and fourth rounds".

This season's Carnegie Challenge Cup Final takes place at Wembley
Stadium on Saturday 30th August 2008.

Tickets are already selling fast but can be purchased now from the RFL
Ticket Office. Call (0871) 226 1313 or click www.therfl.co.uk


Teams to be in the 2008 Carnegie Challenge Cup First Round draw

1 Askam
2 Bank Quay Bulls
3 Bradford Dudley Hill
4 Bramley Buffaloes
5 British Army
6 Castleford Lock Lane
7 Castleford Panthers
8 Crossfields
9 Dewsbury Celtic
10 Drighlington
11 Eastmoor
12 East Leeds or Hunslet Old Boys
13 East Hull
14 Eccles & Salford Juniors
15 Edinburgh Eagles
16 Egremont Rangers
17 Ellenbrough Rangers or Wigan St Judes
18 Featherstone Lions
19 Halton Simms Cross
20 Heworth
21 Hull Dockers
22 Hull Isberg or Ovenden
23 Hull Wyke
24 Ince Rose Bridge
25 Leeds Metropolitan University
26 Leigh East
27 Leigh Miners Rangers
28 Mayfield
29 Milford Marlins
30 Millom
31 Normanton Knights
32 Oldham St Annes
33 Oulton
34 Queens
35 Royal Air Force
36 Royal Navy
37 Saddleworth Rangers
38 Seaton Rangers
39 Shaw Cross Sharks
40 Siddal
41 Skirlaugh
42 Stanningley
43 St Albans Centurions
44 St Mary's - Twickenham
45 Thatto Heath Crusaders
46 Thornhill
47 Warrington Wizards
48 Waterhead
49 Wath Brow Hornets or Stanley Rangers
50 West Bowling
51 West Hull
52 Widnes St Maries
53 Wigan St Pats
54 York Acorn

Carnegie Challenge Cup - Key dates in 2008

2nd Feb First Round

23rd Feb Second Round

8th9th March Third Round

19/20th April Fourth Round


10/11th May Fifth Round


31st May / 1st June Quarter Finals


26th/27th July Semi-Finals

30th August Final (Wembley Stadium)
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