KEIGHLEY Cougars will find out later this week who they are playing in the first round of the Challenge Cup.

It was confirmed yesterday evening that both the first and the second round draw would take place live on BBC Sport at 5pm on Thursday.

The game is due to take place in six weeks, and will be Keighley's first competitive outing since a defeat to Rochdale Hornets in League 1 last March.

Rhys Lovegrove's side only had one Challenge Cup match last season and were bundled out by Newcastle Thunder in atrocious conditions down at Cougar Park in the third round.

The first two rounds of the 2021 competition will take place on the final two weekends of March.

There are 16 teams in Thursday's draw, the 13 UK-based Championship sides and three League 1 teams in the shape of Keighley, Barrow Raiders and West Wales Raiders.

No amateur/community rugby league teams are taking part in the competition this year.