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BBC snub headline Challenge Cup ties

BBC Whitehaven Halifax

In a surprise decision, the BBC have chosen to live stream the Ladbrokes Challenge Cup fifth round tie between Whitehaven and Halifax.

The match at the Recreation Ground will be shown instead of the headline ties of the round, with Salford facing Toronto and Leigh hosting Hull KR.

At 24, Whitehaven’s Carl Forster is one of British sport’s youngest professional head coaches and he’ll be hoping his Cumbrian side can make their mark in the prestigious competition.

Over 23,000 viewers tuned in to watch Haydock’s heroic efforts against Oldham in the fourth round live on BBC Sport.

Ladbrokes Challenge Cup fifth round ties:

Friday, April 21
Leeds Rhinos v Doncaster (8.00pm)

Saturday, April 22
Leigh Centurions v Hull Kingston Rovers (3.00pm)

Sunday, April 23
Salford Red Devils v Toronto Wolfpack (12.15pm)
Huddersfield Giants v Swinton Lions (12.30pm)
Dewsbury Rams v Batley Bulldogs (3.00pm)
Featherstone Rovers v Oldham (3.00pm)
Whitehaven v Halifax (3.00pm, BBC Sport)
York City Knights v Barrow Raiders (3.00pm)

Tickets for the 2017 Ladbrokes Challenge Cup final at Wembley Stadium on Saturday, August 26. Buy early and save 15% off adult tickets (until Tuesday, June 6) and Junior tickets from just £5. Tickets can be purchased by calling the Rugby League Ticket Office on 0844 856 1113 or by visiting

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