BBC1 date for Leeds Rhinos v Saints Challenge Cup tie

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Leeds Rhinos’ home Tetley’s Challenge Cup fifth round tie against St Helens will be televised live on BBC1.

The game will be played at Headingley Carnegie on Saturday, April 26 (2.30pm).

That means rugby union side Leeds Carnegie’s final home fixture of the Greene King IPA Championship - scheduled for the Saturday afternoon - will instead be staged on Friday, April 25 (8pm).

Rhinos coach, Brian McDermott, said: “We are pleased to be at home and it will be important to have a big crowd behind us against a very strong Saints outfit. We had a great tussle with them a couple of weeks ago and I am expecting this to be even tougher given what is on the line.

“Our play off meeting with them last season was an epic game and I am sure the rugby league public can not wait to see these two groups of men go head to head again.”

Carnegie chairman, Sir Ian McGeechan, said: “Obviously this is a huge game for the Rhinos and the stadium, with it being televised live on the BBC. When we received the request we were happy with work with the RFU and Cornish Pirates to move our fixture and hopefully it will make for a great weekend of rugby at Headingley Carnegie.”

Rhinos and Saints members will be able to take advantage of a £3 discount if they purchase tickets before the day of the game and junior season ticket holders will gain free entry.

Matchday adult admission will be £20 for all areas other than the Carnegie and Main Stand seats, which will cost £27.

Adam Cuthbertson

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