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In a week’s time fans of rugby league will descend upon Wembley once again with the Men’s and Women’s Challenge Cup Finals plus the 1895 Cup Final on show, and there’s now been a TV deal confirmed for that 1895 Cup clash between Wakefield Trinity and Sheffield Eagles.

Despite tickets being sold as a triple header with the Women’s Final, Men’s Final and then 1895 Cup Final all being played on the same day, there was actually no TV coverage of the final game.

That was until now as a deal has now been made to showcase the game on SuperLeague+ meaning all three finals will be available to watch for fans who can’t make it to Wembley.

With Sheffield aiming to become the first side to lift the trophy for a second time and Wakefield Trinity playing at Wembley for the first time in almost 50 years, it’s a huge game and it’s only right that it gets its own coverage.

This season marked the first that the 1895 Cup took on a new format with group stages and then a knockout system. Wakefield Trinity have made good on their pre-tournament favouritism to make it to the final and now fans of the club will be able to watch their side from the comfort of their own home following today’s news.

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SuperLeague+ to showcase 1895 Cup Final

1895 Cup winners Halifax Panthers

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SuperLeague+ will play host to the 1895 Cup Final with the new streaming service free to all, regardless of whether they have an active subscription to the platform. All fans will need to do is create an account and register membership and the game will be free to watch via the app or website.

A statement on Sheffield Eagles’ site confirmed the news: “The 2024 AB Sundecks 1895 Cup Final between Sheffield Eagles and Wakefield Trinity will be shown live on SuperLeague+ next Saturday evening.

“The match, which kicks off at 5:45pm, will be streamed live and free from Wembley Stadium to all SL+ members, whether or not they have a subscription to the Betfred Super League coverage which has been available all season.”

The statement continued, explaining the significance of the game for both sides: “Sheffield Eagles were the inaugural winners in 2019, beating Widnes Vikings in the Final, with Anthony Thackeray, their current captain, winning the first Ray French Award as Player of the Match.

“For Wakefield Trinity, this will be a first Wembley appearance since the 1979 Challenge Cup Final, when they were beaten by Widnes, and their seventh in all.

“They were Challenge Cup winners against Hull in 1960, Huddersfield in 1962, and twice against Wigan in 1946 and 1963, before losing to Leeds in the famous Watersplash Final of 1968.”

Trinity have already beaten Sheffield Eagles earlier this season in the league and will hope to land the double and take home silverware for the first time in a generation.

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