League 1 Cup first round draw

Keighley Cougars celebrate winning the 2016 iPro Sport Cup. Picture: SWpix.com.

BBC Radio Leeds will broadcast the first round draw for the 2017 League 1 Cup on Tuesday, December 20, from 6.15pm.

Keighley Cougars, who lifted the trophy in Blackpool last year, will join 14 other Kingstone Press League 1 clubs (Toronto Wolfpack will not be taking part in this competition) and 2016 Conference Challenge Trophy winners Rochdale Mayfield in the draw from which eight ties will be played over the weekend of February 18-19 will be selected.

The first round draw will be split into two pools – Pool A (northern regions), Pool B (midlands and southern regions).

Rugby League fans wanting to listen to the draw live can do so via the BBC iPlayer by visiting www.bbc.co.uk/radioleeds

Full list of participating clubs:

Pool A

Barrow Raiders
Doncaster
Hunslet Hawks
Keighley Cougars
Newcastle Thunder
North Wales Crusaders
Rochdale Mayfield
Whitehaven
Workington Town
York City Knights

Pool B

Coventry Bears
Hemel Stags
London Skolars
Oxford
South Wales Ironmen
University of Gloucestershire All Golds

The first round ties will be played over the weekend of February 18-19, 2017.

Tickets for the 2017 League 1 Cup final at Bloomfield Road, Blackpool as part of the Summer Bash on Saturday, May 27 cost from as little as £10 and can be purchased by calling the RFL Ticket Office on 0844 856 1113 or by visiting www.rugby-league.com/tickets.