RFL and Ladbrokes agree one-year extension of Challenge Cup sponsorship

Hull FC captain Gareth Ellis lifts the Ladbrokes Challenge Cup after Hull FC's 12-10 victory over the Warrington Wolves at Wembley Stadium.

Rugby League’s oldest and most prestigious competition the Challenge Cup will continue to be sponsored by Ladbrokes for the 2018 season.

This season has seen a record number of games from the competition broadcast live on the BBC and Sky Sports and the new deal comes the week of the 2017 final between Hull FC and Wigan.

Rugby Football League Chief Commercial Officer, Roger Draper, said: “I am delighted that Ladbrokes have decided to extend their current partnership and that they recognise the value in being involved with such a prestigious and well-regarded competition.

“The Ladbrokes Challenge Cup is rich in heritage and tradition and is known across the world, so to have a brand as successful and recognisable as Ladbrokes commit to extending their support is great news for the sport.

“Ladbrokes have been a fantastic supporter of Rugby League and we are delighted that they are continuing their association with our great sport.”

Ladbrokes Chief Executive, Jim Mullen, added: “Our decision to sponsor the Challenge Cup was an easy one. We want our name to be associated with prestigious, passionate sporting events and this ticks those boxes, so it was a no brainer when it came to extending our association with the game. We play hard to win and that’s what the Ladbrokes Challenge Cup is all about.”