The draw for the first round of the 2016 iPro Sport Cup took place this evening live on BBC Newcastle.

The home teams were drawn by former England, Huddersfield Giants, Hull FC and York City Knights player Chris Thorman; the away teams were drawn by BBC Newcastle’s Total Sport presenter and former Newcastle and Republic of Ireland footballer John Anderson.

The draw in full is as follows:

Pool A (northern regions)

Hunslet Hawks v York City Knights
Barrow Raiders v Rochdale Hornets
Wath Brow Hornets v Keighley Cougars
Doncaster v North Wales Crusaders
Newcastle Thunder v Leigh Miners Rangers

Pool B (midlands and southern regions)

London Skolars v South Wales Scorpions
Oxford v Hemel Stags
Coventry Bears v University of Gloucestershire All Golds

The first round ties will be played over the weekend of February 20-21 2016.

Tickets for the 2016 iPro Sport Cup final at Bloomfield Road, Blackpool as part of the Summer Bash on Saturday May 28 cost from as little as £10 and can be purchased by calling the RFL Ticket Office on 0844 856 1113 or by visiting