Challenge Cup draw pooled

Date published: Tuesday, March 12, 2013

The draw for the third round of the 2013 Tetley’s Challenge Cup will take place in Oxford tomorrow (Wednesday March 13) when 36 clubs enter two pools to determine the 18 ties that will be played over the weekend of April 6 and 7.

The clubs will be split into separate pools of 18, Pools A and B: Pool A will comprise the 14 Kingstone Press Championship clubs plus four Championship One clubs; Pool B features five Championship One clubs, French clubs Toulouse Olympique and Carcassonne and the 11 winning teams from last weekend’s second round ties.

Ahead of the main draw at 1.00pm, a preliminary draw will take place to randomly determine which Championship One clubs will be placed in Pool B.

TV actor Kevin Whately, who is better known to many as Inspector Lewis from the popular ITV series, will draw the clubs from Pool A while Bruce Ray, the Communications Director of tournament sponsors Carlsberg UK, will draw clubs from Pool B.

A third selection will be made during each pairing to determine which side will have home advantage – however French clubs Toulouse Olympique and Carcassonne will both play away to their third round opponents.

The draw will be the first in the competition’s history to be conducted live on the social media site Twitter. All 18 ties will be tweeted as the pairings are made from the Rugby Pavilion at Iffley Road, Oxford. To follow the draw simply follow @TheRFL on Twitter.

Tickets for the 2013 Tetley’s Challenge Cup final which takes place at Wembley Stadium on Saturday August 24 are now on sale. Visit or call 0844 856 1113 for full details.