Challenge Cup draw: Wigan Warriors Women discover their first round opponents

Wigan Warriors Women have discovered who they will face in the first round of the Challenge Cup.
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The draw at Wembley, which featured Kai Pearce-Paul picking the teams, saw Kris Ratcliffe’s side placed in group one alongside Featherstone Rovers, Salford Red Devils and Cardiff Demons.

Full fixture details are yet to be confirmed, but the the competition will get underway on April 23 with the first set of games.

The top two teams from each of the four groups will progress to the quarter-finals, which are scheduled to take place on June 18.

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The Women’s Challenge Cup trophy
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This year’s women’s final will form part of a triple-header alongside the conclusion of the men’s competition and the 1895 Cup.

All three showpiece occasions will be held at Wembley on August 12.

Here is the full draw for the first round of the Women’s Challenge Cup:

Group 1- Featherstone Rovers, Salford Red Devils, Cardiff Demons, Wigan Warriors

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The Men's Challenge Cup trophy
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Group 2- Huddersfield Giants, Bradford Bulls, Oulton Raidettes, Leeds Rhinos

Group 3- Warrington Wolves, Castleford Tigers, London Broncos, St Helens

Group 4- Barrow Raiders, Leigh Leopards, Hull KR, York Valkyrie

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Meanwhile, the first round draw has also taken place for the men’s Challenge Cup, with a number of amateur sides from Wigan involved.

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Ashton Bears will make the trip to Aldershot to take on the British Army, while Orrell St James are away to Distington.

Elsewhere, St Pats take on Ince Rose Bridge in a local derby.

The draw has also been made for the second round, and is as follows for the Wigan clubs if they progress:

- British Army/Ashton Bears V Dewsbury Rams

- Workington Town V St Pats/Ince Rose Bridge

- Distington/Orrell St James V Hammersmith Hill Hoists/Dublin City Exiles