Challenge Cup 2019

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  1. Foreign Legion

    Foreign Legion First Grade

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    https://www.yorkshirepost.co.uk/spo...-sponsorship-for-2019-challenge-cup-1-9445673



    The Rugby League Challenge Cup is set to kick off in 2019 without a sponsor. Bookmakers Ladbrokes declined to extend their four-year deal after it ended with Catalans Dragons’ historic victory over Warrington at Wembley last August. Catalan Dragons' celebrate winning the Ladbrokes Challenge Cup Final at Wembley in August. Picture: Adam Davy/PA The Rugby Football League had lined up a replacement but it is thought a deal collapsed at the last minute and it has now begun the search for a new backer. The draw for the first round, which will include Serbian representation for the first time in Red Star Belgrade, will be made in mid-December with matches due to take place on the weekend of January 26-27. A new sponsor is unlikely to be in place by then but the RFL says it is prepared to bide its time in order to get the right deal. Super League clubs are not due to enter the competition until the fifth-round stage in April. We have had strong interest, but having agreed a deal 10 weeks ago, that situation has changed in recent days - the situation remains commercially sensitive. An RFL spokesman said: “We have had strong interest, but having agreed a deal 10 weeks ago, that situation has changed in recent days - the situation remains commercially sensitive. “We aren’t prepared to undervalue the Challenge Cup - it is an attractive property, the oldest knockout competition in rugby, with a special part in the history of Wembley Stadium, and generating substantial broadcast audiences through our relationship with the BBC. “Our commercial team will continue to negotiate with potential partners, as the 2019 competition develops momentum through the early rounds until League One, Championship and Super League clubs enter in the spring.” The RFL this week announced a new deal to keep the Cup final at Wembley until 2027 and unveiled a new competition, the 1895 Cup for Championship and League One clubs, to culminate at the national stadium on August 24, 2019. As part of the new arrangement with Wembley, the Challenge Cup final will be brought forward to July from 2020.

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  2. langpark

    langpark First Grade

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    When does Round 1 get drawn?
     
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    RL The greatest game First Grade

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    Not a good look without a sponsor
     
  6. Evil Homer

    Evil Homer Moderator Staff Member

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    Great to see Red Star in there although I think they'll get smashed. Irish, Scottish and Welsh teams involved too as usual.

    Full list of clubs:
    All Golds, Army, Batley Boys, Bentley, Beverley, Bradford Dudley Hill, British Police, Clock Face Miners, Crosfields, Dewsbury Moor, Distington, Drighlington, East Leeds, Edinburgh Eagles, Featherstone Lions, Hammersmith Hills Hoists, Haydock, Hunslet Club Parkside, Hunslet Warriors, Kells, Leigh East, Leigh Miners Rangers, Lock Lane, London Chargers, Longhorns, Milford Marlins, Millom, Normanton Knights, North Herts Crusaders, Orrell St James, Oulton Raiders, Ovenden, Royal Air Force, Royal Navy, Red Star Belgrade, Rochdale Mayfield, Shaw Cross Sharks, Siddal, Skirlaugh, Stanningley, Thatto Heath, Thornhill Trojans, Torfaen Tigers, Underbank Rangers, Wallsend Eagles, Wath Brow Hornets, West Bowling, West Hull, Wigan St Judes, Wigan St Patricks, Woolston Rovers, York Acorn
     
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  7. jim_57

    jim_57 Juniors

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    Apparantly Toulouse and Catalans asked to pay as well. Asking the Cup holders to pay in case they have the audacity to win it again. RFL asking expansion clubs to pay for their own incompetence in not being able to sell one of their showpiece events.

    I'd be more upset if I didn't find it so hard to care any more.
     
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    deluded pom? First Grade

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    It looks like a few good amateur teams have given it a swerve. Understandable seeing as hardly any of them break even let alone make any money from participating.
     
  9. miguel de cervantes

    miguel de cervantes First Grade

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    So are Red Star paying? Or RFL just assuming they can't make the final?
     
  10. deluded pom?

    deluded pom? First Grade

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    Red Star are not a threat to the RFL's finances so don't have to pay.
     

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