Challenge Cup quarter-finals show diversity in rugby league

With the world cup fast approaching it is a big year for rugby league in Great Britain and the draw for Tetley’s Challenge Cup quarter-finals shows how diverse the sport has become.

Most people will be forgiven for believing the top sides in the sport are mainly from West Yorkshire and Lancashire but the final eight of the famous old trophy prove otherwise.

Only two teams from these areas remain, as representatives from France and London look to take centre stage.

Catalans Dragons, based in Perpignan, will face the in-form East Yorkshire side Hull FC at home while the London Broncos face a tough trip to the only team from below the Super League left in the competition, Sheffield Eagles.

The South Yorkshire side were surprise winners in 1998 and will be looking to stun the rugby league world once again as they aim for an upset at Don Valley Stadium.

Perhaps the two most mouth-watering ties of the round however involve two sides from Cheshire.

Holders Warrington Wolves are at home to the impressive Huddersfield Giants in a repeat of the 2009 final while Widnes Vikings lock horns with 18 time winners and Super League leaders Wigan Warriors away from home.

The games will be played between 12-15 July and will be shown live on both the BBC and Sky Sports.

Matt McGlone

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