December 18, 2018
Lock Lane ARLFC from Castleford, England are the only team standing in the way of the Longhorns and the 2nd round of the Challenge Cup. Having been drawn against the West Yorkshire side Longhorns Head Coach Casey Dunne said “we are really looking forward to our second year in the challenge cup, we are building a strong team. A team that boasts a lot of international experience and excited to take on the challenge that Lock Lane will bring.”
This exposure to high level games will only further increase the standard of rugby league in Ireland and is imperative to its continuing growth. The challenge cup is held annually since 1896 making it one of the oldest sporting competitions in the world. It involves amateur, semi-professional and professional teams. The most recent winners of the challenge cup are the Catalan Dragons securing their first ever title. Such is the magnitude of the competition teams Sky Sports, BBC and Fox League are all broadcast partners, which provides both Longhorns RL and RLIreland with huge exposure both at home and overseas. This will only help to improve rugby league in Ireland.
In the build-up to Challenge Cup clash with Lock Lane, Longhorns coach Casey Dunne expressed his thoughts about this upcoming encounter.
“As it is our second year in the challenge cup we are looking to set a target for ourselves, and that target is to get a win in our first game. We just need to turn up with the right attitude and get the job done. This year we have some real experience added to the group we already have. This is a great opportunity to set benchmarks for ourselves and as a club and a representation for Irish Rugby League “
Longhorns Rugby League Club take on Lock Lane ARLFC at Hicksons Arena, Castelford on January 27th