THATTO Heath Crusaders and Pilkington Recs will be in the hat for the first round draw for the 2020 Coral Challenge Cup is staged at Bentley ARLFC in Doncaster on Thursday. December 5.

Heath will be aiming to match last year's exploits when they earned significant BBC exposure with a run to the Fifth Round, including a landmark victory over North Wales Crusaders of League 1, before losing to Dewsbury of the Championship.

The draw will be streamed live on the BBC Sport website, red button and the BBC Sport connected TV app, as well as through RFL channels - the BBC beginning another year of covering every round of the Challenge Cup in 2020 by selecting one tie to be streamed live on the weekend of January 11-12.

There will be a different timescale for the Coral Challenge Cup next year, with the traditional Wembley Final being played in July for the first time.

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The Semi Finals will be played as a double header for the third consecutive year on the weekend of June 6-7 (further details to follow soon), with the Quarter Finals on the weekend of May 9-10, and the Sixth Round – when the top eight teams from the 2019 Super League enter the competition, including Saints – on the weekend of April 4-5. All those three weekends are free of Super League fixtures.

The remaining four Super League clubs – Huddersfield Giants, Hull KR, Wakefield Trinity and Toronto Wolfpack, who return to the Cup after a one-year absence – will enter at the Fifth Round stage on the weekend of March 14-15.

The Wolfpack and Catalans Dragons will be the only two overseas clubs taking part in the 2020 Coral Challenge Cup – with the Wolfpack to play all their games away, whatever their draw, because of the logistical issues involved in arranging additional games in Canada at short notice.

Toulouse Olympique of the Betfred Championship have again declined the invitation to participate, and Red Star Belgrade, who made their Challenge Cup debut in 2019 and lost in the First Round on a memorable occasion at the Cumbrian community club Millom, have also opted out in 2020 because of the demands on their players.

However the Longhorns will again represent the Republic of Ireland, with Edinburgh Eagles from Scotland and two Welsh teams in Torfaen Tigers and Rhondda Outlaws.

The 13 English clubs in the Betfred Championship will enter the Coral Challenge Cup at the Fourth Round stage on the weekend of February 22-23; the 11 clubs from Betfred League 1 having entered at the Third Round stage on the weekend of February 8-9.

The following 44 teams will enter the First Round draw:

Ashton Bears, Barrow Island, Bedford Tigers, Bentley, British Army, Dewsbury Moor, Distington, East Hull, Edinburgh Eagles (Scotland), Featherstone Lions, Great Britain Police, Hammersmith Hills Hoists, Hunslet Club Parkside, Ince Rose Bridge, Jarrow Vikings (North East), Leigh Miners Rangers, Lock Lane, London Chargers, Longhorns (Ireland), Milford, Normanton Knights, Oulton Raiders, Pilkingtons Recs, RAF, Rhondda Outlaws (Wales), Rochdale Mayfield, Royal Navy, Saddleworth Rangers, Siddal, Sherwood Wolf Hunt, Skirlaugh, Stanningley, Thatto Heath Crusaders, Thornhill Trojans, Torfaen Tigers (Wales), Underbank Rangers, Upton, West Bank Bears (Widnes), West Bowling, West Hull, Wests Warriors (London), Wigan St Judes, Wigan St Patricks, York Acorn.

2020 Coral Challenge Cup

December 5: First Round draw (44 Community Clubs)

January 11-12: First Round

January 25-26: Second Round (22 First Round winners)

February 8-9: Third Round (11 Second Round winners, 11 Betfred League 1 clubs)

February 22-23: Fourth Round (11 Third Round winners, 13 English Betfred Championship clubs)

March 14-15: Fifth Round (12 Fourth Round winners, plus four Betfred Super League clubs – Huddersfield Giants, Hull KR, Toronto Wolfpack, Wakefield Trinity)

April 4-5: Sixth Round (8 Fifth Round winners, plus the remaining 8 Betfred Super League clubs)

May 9-10: Quarter Finals

June 6-7: Semi Finals (Double Header, details tbc)

Final: Saturday July 18, Wembley Stadium connected by EE.

Tickets for the Coral Challenge Cup Final are currently available with an Early Bird offer – with 25% off all seats, meaning tickets now start from only £15 for adults and £3.75 for under-16s. Fans can buy now at