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Summary

  1. 48 sides go into the draw
  2. Matches taking place on played on January 27-28
  3. Former Hull FC captain Gareth Ellis and England assistant coach Paul Wellens to conduct the draw

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  1. The Challenge Cup first-round draw in full

    Leigh Miners Rangers v Myton Warriors

    Underbank Rangers v Batley Boys

    Kells v British Police

    Wallsend Eagles v Pilkington Recs

    Rochdale Mayfield v Crosfields

    Lock Lane v Hindley

    Hunslet Club Parkside v Valley Cougars

    London Chargers v Hammersmith Hills Hoists

    Royal Air Force v Drighlington

    Oulton Raiders v Siddal

    Millom v Strathmore Silverbacks

    Loughborough University v Bradford Dudley Hill

    University of Hull v Hensingham

    Orrell St James v Northampton Demons

    Royal Navy v Normanton Knights

    York Acorn v Askam

    Saddleworth Rangers v Thatto Heath Crusaders

    Shaw Cross Sharks v Beverley

    West Hull v Longhorns RL

    East Leeds v Thornhill Trojans

    Hunslet Warriors v Wath Brow Hornets

    Featherstone Lions v Skirlaugh

    British Army v Milford Marlins

    Distington v Queens

    All matches will be played across 27/28 January 2018.

  2. Draw Numbers

    Here's a full list of tonight's first round draw numbers.

    1. Askam 2. Batley Boys 3. Beverley

    4. Bradford Dudley Hill 5. British Army

    6. British Police 7. Crosfields

    8. Distington 9. Drighlington

    10. East Leeds 11. Featherstone Lions

    12. Hammersmith Hills Hoists 13. Hensingham

    14. Hindley 15. Underbank Rangers

    16. University of Hull 17. Hunslet Club Parkside

    18. Hunslet Warriors 19. Kells

    20. Leigh Miners Rangers 21. Lock Lane

    22. London Chargers 23. Longhorns RL

    24. Loughborough University 25. Milford Marlins

    26. Millom 27. Myton Warriors

    28. Normanton Knights 29. Northampton Demons

    30. Orrell St James 31. Oulton Raiders

    32. Pilkington Recs 33. Queens

    34. Royal Air Force 35. Rochdale Mayfield

    36. Royal Navy 37. Saddleworth Rangers

    38. Shaw Cross Sharks 39. Siddal

    40. Skirlaugh 41. Strathmore Silverbacks

    42. Valley Cougars 43. Thatto Heath Crusaders

    44. Thornhill Trojans 45. Wallsend Eagles

    46. Wath Brow Hornets 47. West Hull

    48. York Acorn

  3. Hull retain Challenge Cup trophy

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    Video caption: Challenge Cup final: Hull FC 18-14 Wigan Warriors highlights

    It's a long journey ahead before you can even think about the 2018 final at Wembley on 25 August, but everybody has to start somewhere.

    This year Challenge Cup holders Hull retained their trophy as they edged Wigan to win a dramatic final at Wembley.

    Watch highlights of Hull's victory above and read the match report here.

  4. Get Inspired: How do I get into Rugby League?

    Rugby league is a fast and dynamic game, which involves great strength, stamina and skill, and is played through the summer, so no muddy pitches, or cold, wet training nights!

    With so many variations, you don't have to play the full version of the game to be part of it.

    Whatever your age, gender, fitness level or technical ability there is a version of rugby league that will suit you.

    Find out more information on how you can get into rugby league here.

    Watch former Leeds Rhinos prop Jamie Peacock explain what it takes to be a professional Rugby League player below.

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    Video caption: Rugby League: "the speed of an Olympic sprinter and the impact of a car crash"
  5. Who's in the first-round draw?

    Forty-eight sides will enter the Challenge Cup first round to participate in one of the country’s oldest sporting tournaments.

    National Conference League Premier Division champions Thatto Heath Crusaders are joined by beaten Grand Finalists Siddal, who pushed Toronto Wolfpack to their limits in round three of last year’s Challenge Cup competition.

    The Army, Royal Air Force, Royal Navy and the Police all represent the Services, while the University of Hull are the student game’s representatives for the second year running.

    The first-round of the Challenge Cup will be played on 27-28 January.