Clarets midfielder to make Challenge Cup draw

Joey Barton
Joey Barton

Clarets midfielder Joey Barton will switch sports when he helps make the draw for the fifth round of the 2016 Ladbrokes Challenge Cup.

Barton, who is a big rugby league fan, will be joined by Wigan and England full-back Sam Tomkins for the live draw on the BBC News Channel from 6-30 - 6-45 p.m. on Tuesday.

Last season's beaten finalists Hull KR will go into the hat alongside Salford, Wakefield and Widnes, who also finished in the bottom four of Super League in 2015, and the 12 winners from this weekend's fourth-round ties.

The fifth-round ties will be played on the weekend of April 16-17th, with one to be screened by Sky Sports on Saturday, April 16th (kick-off 5 p.m.).

Tomkins, who won the Cup with the Warriors in 2011 and 2013, is currently sidelined after undergoing knee surgery but is expected to begin his second stint with his home-town club well before they enter the competition at the sixth-round stage on the weekend of May 7-8.