Rugby League - Challenge Cup Final

The Rugby League Challenge Cup Final takes place today between St Helens RFC and Castleford Tigers! 

Castleford are looking for their fourth Challenge Cup, their last coming in 1986. They've only been runners up twice since then, 1992 and 2014, will third time be the charm? This season Castleford have been...

They face 15 time and 2020 Super League winners St Helens to get to the trophy though. Saints are on the hunt for their 13th Challenge Cup title, and their first since 2008, a veritable drought for a team as consistently successful in the league as Saints. This season St Helens have...

What is the Challenge Cup?

The Challenge Cup is English and European Rugby League's highest level cup competition. First played in 1897 between winners Batley (now Batley Bulldogs) and St Helens, the Challenge Cup is one of the most prestigious trophies in the sport of Rugby League. 

The knockout tournament is open to professional, semi professional and amateur teams, English and Welsh professional members must play in the tournament, with amateur and foreign teams invited to play each year. Amateur teams from Scotland and Serbia have recently entered into the early rounds of the competition, with Canadian and French professional sides also entering at later rounds.

The knockout rounds of the cup take place from January to August, with the Final held at London's Wembley Stadium in August in front of thousands of fans. 

The most successful team in the tournament are Wigan Warriors, with 19 trophies, this years finalists St Helens are the 3rd most successful with 12 wins and Castleford Tigers are lower down in 11th place with 4 wins. 

It should be a fantastic spectacle, pitting two of this decades best teams against each other in the winner takes all final.

Best of luck to both teams!

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