Challenge Cup: RFL confirm final set for October 17, with Wembley provisionally booked
It has not yet been determined if the annual showpiece will be played at Wembley
Last Updated: 17/07/20 11:06am
This year's Challenge Cup final will now take place on October 17, the Rugby Football League has confirmed.
However, it has not yet been determined if the annual showpiece will be played at Wembley.
The RFL do have the national stadium provisionally booked, but will make a decision in due course in line with government advice on whether crowds can be admitted to games.
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The final was originally scheduled for this Saturday July 18, but was postponed after the season was halted due to the coronavirus pandemic.
"We are delighted to be able to confirm the place of the Coral Challenge Cup in the revised schedule for the 2020 rugby league season, including Saturday, October 17 as the new date for the final," RFL chief commercial officer Mark Foster said.
"We will confirm the outstanding details, including the venue for the 2020 Coral Challenge Cup final, as soon as possible - and we are grateful to those supporters who bought tickets for the original date in July for appreciating the unique circumstances which mean ongoing uncertainty.
"With increased optimism about the return of crowds to professional sport in the autumn we are still working through all venue options for all remaining rounds, to be able to react to any changes to the government guidance over the coming weeks and months.
"And should the best option be to host the final at Wembley Stadium we do have it provisionally booked for Saturday, October 17."
The 2020 Super League season is to resume behind closed doors on August 2. With the fixtures for the remainder of the competition's regular season published on Thursday, the RFL has now released its calendar details for the revised Challenge Cup.
The competition, which had reached the last-16 stage, will resume on the weekend of August 22 and 23.
The headline matches of holders Warrington Wolves versus Wigan Warriors and Super League champions St Helens against Salford Red Devils in a rematch of last year's Grand Final will feature in a double-header at Huddersfield's John Smith's Stadium.
The quarter-finals have been rescheduled for the weekend of September 19 and 20 and the semi-finals for October 3. Venues for these matches will also be announced at a later date.