Challenge Cup Quarter Finals to be played as two double headers

The 2020 Challenge Cup quarter finals will be played as two double headers, with all four games broadcast live.

Friday 18 September will see Catalans v Salford followed by Leeds v Hull KR played at St Helens’ Totally Wicked Stadium, with both games shown live on Sky Sports.

The following day, Saturday 19 September, Salford’s AJ Bell Stadium will host Warrington v St Helens and Wigan v the winners of the Sixth Round tie between Castleford and Hull, with both games shown live on the BBC.

The Totally Wicked Stadium will also host the clash between Castleford and Hull FC on Sunday 13 September.

As has been the case with all Super League fixtures played since rugby league’s resumption, all five of the above matches will be played behind closed doors due to Government restrictions.

RFL chief commercial officer Mark Foster said: “It’s a great result for the game to be able to confirm that all eight of the remaining ties in the 2020 Coral Challenge Cup will be televised live across the BBC and Sky Sports.

“With all games remaining behind closed doors in September, we have worked with our broadcast partners to deliver double headers at two facilities which have already staged successful events in recent weeks – the Totally Wicked Stadium in St Helens, and the AJ Bell Stadium in Salford.

“That means clubs giving up home advantage – but given the exceptional circumstances of this year’s competition, which has already required a re-draw, we have asked the players, coaches and supporters of those clubs to support us in the need to work flexibly for the wider good of the game.

“We will shortly be confirming details of the semi finals on Saturday October 3, and the 2020 Coral Challenge Cup Final on Saturday October 17 – another opportunity for Rugby League to celebrate given the unique challenges of the sport’s 125th anniversary year.”

Upcoming Challenge Cup fixtures:

Sixth Round

Sunday September 13: Castleford Tigers v Hull FC (Totally Wicked Stadium, St Helens – 3pm, live on BBC1)

Quarter Finals

Friday September 18: Catalans Dragons v Salford Red Devils (6pm), Leeds Rhinos v Hull KR (815pm) – both Totally Wicked Stadium, St Helens, live on Sky Sports

Saturday September 19: Warrington Wolves v St Helens (230pm, live on BBC1), Castleford Tigers or Hull FC v Wigan Warriors (5pm, live on BBC2) – both AJ Bell Stadium, Salford

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