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Challenge Cup Sixth Round draw in full as huge game headlines

The Challenge Cup is 126 years old. This week the competition celebrated the anniversary of the first ever final which Batley Bulldogs won back in 1897 against St Helens.

The Bulldogs are one of four Championship sides who will be joined in Round Six of the oldest and most prestigious competition in rugby league by all 12 Super League sides including Super League and World Champions St Helens and holders Wigan Warriors.

The other Championship clubs are London Broncos, York RLFC and Halifax Panthers.

The question going into the draw tonight was which of these clubs would we see paired against the top teams of Super League as the road to Wembley really hots up.

The Final is three games away for the 16 clubs involved and it returns to Wembley after a brilliant final between Wigan and Huddersfield Giants at the Tottenham Hotspurs Stadium and it will play home to the 1895 Cup, which is a shot at Wembley for the four Championship clubs involved in today’s draw, as well as the Women’s Challenge Cup Final for the first time.

A historic event and the road to it took a huge step forward today with the draw which has now been confirmed:

Catalans Dragons vs Warrington Wolves
Castleford Tigers vs Hull FC
York RLFC vs London Broncos
Halifax Panthers vs St Helens
Hull KR vs Batley Bulldogs
Wakefield Trinity vs Leigh Leopards
Leeds Rhinos vs Wigan Warriors
Salford Red Devils vs Huddersfield Giants

There is a guaranteed Championship club in the quarter-finals with York and London meeting.

Meanwhile the biggest game of the round is undoubtedly the meeting between Leeds Rhinos and Wigan Warriors who have won 34 Challenge Cups between them.

Meanwhile, after a fiery clash over Easter, Catalans Dragons and Warrington Wolves meet again with a place in the quarter-finals up for grabs.

Championship clubs Batley and Halifax play Hull KR and St Helens respectively so it not easy ties for them against some of the top teams in Super League at present.

Salford Red Devils meet Huddersfield Giants, Castleford Tigers take on Hull FC and Wakefield Trinity host Leigh Leopards in the other all-Super League games.

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