St Helens amateur sides’ cup hopes

Tom Briscoe
Tom Briscoe
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Two St Helens amateur clubs, Pilkington Recs and Thatto Heath Crusaders, will be included in the Ladbrokes RL Challenge Cup first round draw.

The draw will be made by five-try hero and Lance Todd Trophy winner Tom Briscoe at Wembley Stadium on Thursday, January 7.

Briscoe’s record-breaking efforts in the capital last August helped Leeds Rhinos overcome Hull Kingston Rovers 50 – 0, which was also the biggest winning margin since the competition’s inception in 1897.

Joining the Rhinos winger will be Lizzie Jones. Lizzie, the wife of former Keighley Cougars and Wales international Danny Jones, is a professional singer who sang Abide With Me prior to last year’s Challenge Cup Final to thank the Rugby League family for their heartfelt support since her husband's tragic death in May.

Thirty-six sides will go into the famous velvet bag to participate in one of the country’s oldest tournaments and will form the first two rounds of the 2016 Ladbrokes Challenge Cup, which will be played on January 30–31 and February 13–14.

Nine winning teams progressing from the second round will face teams from Kingstone Press League 1 in the third round (February 27-28).

Kingstone Press Championship sides enter at the fourth round stage (March 19-20).

The bottom four clubs in the 2015 First Utility Super League season enter in the fifth (April 16-17) with the top eight Super League teams in 2015 joining the competition in the sixth round (May 7-8).