12th December 2017, 10:25
Valley Cougars go into the Challenge Cup first round draw
The draw will be conducted at MediaCity and will be live streamed on the BBC Sport website.
Valley Cougars' players, officials and fans will be looking forward to this Tuesday night's Challenge Cup draw to see who they will face in what will be the 77th game in this competition to feature a Welsh side.
Former Hull FC captain and back-to-back Ladbrokes Challenge Cup winner Gareth Ellis will be joined by England assistant coach, Paul Wellens on Tuesday December 12 (7.00pm) for the first round draw of the 2018 competition.
Forty-eight sides will go into the draw to participate in one of the country’s oldest sporting tournaments with the first round of the 2018 Ladbrokes Challenge Cup played on January 27-28.
National Conference League Premier Division champions Thatto Heath Crusaders are joined by beaten Grand Finalists Siddal, who pushed Toronto Wolfpack to their limits in round three of last year’s Challenge Cup competition.
2017 Challenge Trophy winners, Hunslet Club Parkside, feature in the competition alongside a host of fellow NCL clubs such as, Rochdale Mayfield, Normanton Knights, Myton Warriors, Kells, West Hull and Wath Brow Hornets.
The Army, Royal Air Force, Royal Navy and the Police all represent the Services, while the University of Hull are the student game’s representatives for the second year running.
Elsewhere, Wallsend Eagles, the winners of the North East Men’s League are first-time entrants, alongside London Rugby League champions, Hammersmith Hills Hoists.
Strathmore Silverbacks, champions of Scotland, are joined in the first round by Irish League winners, Longhorns.
West Wales Raiders and North Wales Crusaders enter the competition in the third round.
PREVIOUS VALLEY COUGARS CHALLENGE CUP GAMES
43 Sunday 18th January 2009 - Preliminary Round - UWIC 18 Valley Cougars 20
44 Sunday 25th January 2009 - Round 1 - Royal Navy 38 Valley Cougars 28
51 Sunday 23rd January 2011 - Round 1 - Valley Cougars 24 The Army 30
65 Sunday 1st February 2015 - Round 1 - Valley Cougars 27 Leicester Storm 22
66 Saturday 14th February 2015 - Round 2 Oulton Raiders 48 Valley Cougars 0
Full list of first round draw numbers:
2. Batley Boys
4. Bradford Dudley Hill
5. British Army
6. British Police
10. East Leeds
11. Featherstone Lions
12. Hammersmith Hills Hoists
15. Huddersfield Underbank
16. Hull University
17. Hunslet Club Parkside
18. Hunslet Warriors
20. Leigh Miners
21. Lock Lane
22. London Chargers
23. Longhorns RL
25. Milford Marlins
27. Myton Warriors
28. Normanton Knights
29. Northampton Demons
30. Orrell St James
31. Oulton Raiders
32. Pilkington Recs
34. Royal Air Force
35. Rochdale Mayfield
36. Royal Navy
37. Saddleworth Rangers
38. Shaw Cross
41. Strathmore Silverbacks
42. Valley Cougars
43. Thatto Heath Crusaders
44. Thornhill Trojans
45. Wallsend Eagles
46. Wath Brow
47. West Hull
48. York Acorn
The first round draw for the 2017 Ladbrokes Challenge Cup will take place on Tuesday, December 12 from 7.00pm with fixtures scheduled for January 27-28. Fans can see the draw streamed exclusively live on http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/live/rugby-league/42256365
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