North Wales Crusaders travel to Rochdale Mayfield tomorrow for a third round Challenge Cup tie.

Below is everything you need to know ahead of the clash.


Rochdale have won two matches to get to this stage of the Challenge Cup.

After beating London Chargers 32-12 at home, Mayfield edged Great Britain Police 19-18.

For Crusaders, meanwhile, this is their first competitive outing of the 2020 campaign, having faced Barrow Raiders, Widnes Vikings and Whitehaven during pre-season.


This will be the first time the two clubs have ever met one another.


Ahead of the cup tie, North Wales head coach Anthony Murray said: “It’s a massive one.

“We don’t want any banana skins like we had last year.

“Rochdale Mayfield are a very good team and we’re taking it very seriously.

“I just hope we can get through to the next round.

“I’m quite excited to see the players in their first competitive game.

“They’ve done really well in the pre-season friendlies, but that means nothing now as we’re moving into the start of the season.

“It might take some time for them to gel, but it’s been really good to see some of the new faces slotting in quite easily around the lads who’ve been here for some time.

“There seems to be a really good camaraderie so fingers crossed we can take that into this fixture.”


Crusaders boss Murray has named a 21-man squad for the trip to Rochdale.

Given the extensive recruitment he has carried out in the off-season, he could hand as many as nine players their competitive debuts.

The only absentees are Karl Ashall (hernia), Matt Reid (hamstring) and Joe Ryan (peck) through injury.


Entry to the cup tie between Rochdale and Crusaders is £5 for adults and £3 for concessions, with U16s going free of charge.

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