After six hours of discussions at the John Smith's Stadium, both the Rugby Football League and Super League clubs looked to have agreed to postpone all levels of the game until April 3rd.
Betfred League One sides entered the Coral Challenge Cup Third Round this evening alongside the 11 successful Community Clubs who survived the first two rounds with some exciting ties were pulled out of the hat by St Helens duo Jack Ashworth and Matty Lees.
44 community Rugby League teams now know what lies ahead of them on the weekend of January 11th/12th
The fifth round features Championship and League 1 clubs, alongside the bottom four ranked clubs from last year’s Super League.
The draws for the fourth round of the 2019 Coral Challenge Cup and the first round of the 1895 Cup have been made with a number of standout matches featuring.
A decade ago, Coventry Bears and Bedford Tigers faced off in the Southern Conference Midlands Premier Division Play-Off Semi-Final. That game finished 58-10 to Coventry and the gap between the two clubs has never been closer.
The two competitions will come together when the Coral Women’s Challenge Cup Final shares the stage with the men’s semi finals in a triple header at the University of Bolton Stadium on Saturday July 27.
The first round draw of the 2019 Challenge Cup was drawn this evening with newcomers Red Star Belgrade, North Herts Crusaders and Clock Face Miners looking for a nice tie to mark their debut in the competition.