The 2016 Ladbrokes Challenge Cup first round draw took place on Thursday January 7 in the famous surroundings of Wembley Stadium.

The draw happened in the dressing room, a familiar setting for Leeds Rhinos winger and 2015 Lance Todd Trophy winner, Tom Briscoe who was picking the home balls. Away teams were drawn by Lizzie Jones, who performed Abide With Me prior to last year’s Challenge Cup final.
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Thirty-six clubs representing the community game, Armed Forces, police and University Rugby League were drawn against each other and will begin the famous journey in pursuit of Rugby League’s oldest and most prestigious trophy that ends back in the capital on Saturday August 27.

First round ties will played over the weekend of January 30 – 31.

2016 Ladbrokes Challenge Cup first round draw in full is as follows:

London Chargers v Shaw Cross Sharks
Thatto Heath Crusaders v Hunslet Club Parkside
Aberdeen Warriors v Northumbria University
Stanningley v Pilkington Recs
Normanton Knights v Distington
The Army v Siddal
West Bowling v Lock Lane
Leigh Miners Rangers v Underbank Rangers
East Leeds v Oulton Raiders
Millom v University of Hull
Royal Navy v Featherstone Lions
Widnes West Bank v Rochdale Mayfield
Wath Brow Hornets v Royal Air Force
Hull Dockers v Thornhill Trojans
Egremont Rangers v Blue Bulls
West Hull v Great Britain Police
Kells v Nottingham Outlaws
York Acorn v Sharlston Rovers

Tickets for the 2016 Ladbrokes Challenge Cup final at Wembley Stadium on Saturday August 27 cost from as little as £20 and can be purchased by calling the RFL Ticket Office on 0844 856 1113 or by visiting