COVENTRY BEARS learned their fate in the Rugby League Challenge Cup third round on Monday evening, when the draw took place in Coventry’s St Mary’s Guildhall.
Bears can eagerly anticipate heading to League 1 side Doncaster, a tie which head coach Tom Tsang described as “a tough tie” that “won’t be easy”, but feels his side stand in good stead for the season ahead.
“We have beaten a few traditional Northern sides last season and the squad is looking the best it ever has prior to the season starting,” he said.
A close run-in with Super League side Leeds Rhinos, beating the Prison Service and narrowly losing out to North Wales Crusaders in the final friendly before the big kick-off on Sunday has given Tsang reason to feel hopeful.
The tie takes place in early March, but the procession on Monday night allowed for the announcement that the Ricoh Arena is one of the venue’s set to host the Rugby League World Cup in 2021.
Joining in with the draw was a local legend in David Moorcroft OBE, whilst Paralympian Kare Adenegan added current sporting prestige, with RFL chief executive Ralph Rimmer completing the line-up.
Monday’s draw adds further excitement for the 2019 season, which gets underway against West Wales Raiders at their Butts Park Arena home – and will be hopeful of a result given the 64-6 victory last season.