The first round draw of the 2016 iPro Sport Cup will be broadcast live on BBC Radio Newcastle on Thursday November 26 from 6.45pm.

Last year’s winners, North Wales Crusaders, will join the other 13 Kingstone Press League 1 clubs and Kingstone Press Cider National Conference League teams Leigh Miners Rangers and Wath Brow Hornets in the bag from which eight ties to be played over the weekend of February 20 – 21 will be selected.

The draw will be made by former England, Huddersfield Giants, Hull FC and York City Knights player Chris Thorman. The 35-year-old, who hails from the Wallsend area of Newcastle, will be joined by members of the Total Sport radio show to conduct the first round draw that has been split into two pools this year – Pool A (northern regions), Pool B (midlands and southern regions).

Rugby League fans wanting to listen to the draw live can do so via the BBC iPlayer by visiting

Full list of participating clubs:

Pool A

1. Barrow Raiders

2. Doncaster

3. Hunslet Hawks

4. Keighley Cougars

5. Leigh Miners Rangers

6. Newcastle Thunder

7. North Wales Crusaders

8. Rochdale Hornets

9. Wath Brow Hornets

10. York City Knights

Pool B

1. Coventry Bears

2. Hemel Stags

3. London Skolars

4. Oxford

5. South Wales Scorpions

6. University of Gloucestershire All Golds

The first round ties will be played over the weekend of February 20-21 2016.

Tickets for the 2016 iPro Sport Cup final at Bloomfield Road, Blackpool as part of the Summer Bash on Saturday May 28 cost from as little as £10 and can be purchased by calling the RFL Ticket Office on 0844 856 1113 or by visiting