Sporting Digest: Rugby League

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Halifax are set to sign Paul Broadbent, the Sheffield Eagles' captain and Great Britain prop who asked for a move at the end of the season after failing to agree terms for a new contract. The Blue Sox are believed to have agreed an exchange deal which will involve the utility back Martin Pearson, centre Daio Powell and back-row forward Simon Baldwin moving to Sheffield.

London Skolars, surprise first-round winners over Thatto Heath, face a lengthy journey in the second round of the Silk Cut Challenge Cup. The capital-based amateur club must travel to either Scottish Border Eagles or Wath Brow Hornets, who play their postponed first-round tie on Sunday. The professional clubs from the First Division come into the competition for the next round, which takes place on 6 January.

SILK CUT CHALLENGE CUP Second Round: Eccles v Clayton or Normanton; Featherstone Lions v Ovenden or East Leeds; Rochdale Mayfield or Leeds Met Univ v Hull Dockers; Beverley East Hull v Townville; Dodworth v Castleford Lock Lane; Queens v West Hull; Saddleworth v Walney Central; Scottish Border Eagles or Wath Brow v London Skolars; Askam v Heworth; Wigan St Judes v Woolston; Dudley Hill v Wigan St Pats; Siddal v Featherstone MW; Thornhill v Barrow Island; Wigan Rose BR v Leigh MR; Egremont v Haydock; Norland v Gateshead Panthers or Crossfields; Oldham St Annes v Ellenborough; Moldgreen v Oulton; Skirlaugh v Ideal Isberg. Ties to be played on 19- 20 December.

TEAMSPORT INTERNATIONAL: Wales Students 10 France Students 8.