THE 2013 Northern Rail Cup final – as well as a new Northern Rail Bowl – will be staged at Halifax’s The Shay on Saturday, July 20, in a change from a Sunday in Blackpool, which has hosted the previous eight finals.

The cup format has a new look this year. It will see eight Championship One clubs competing in two groups, the winners of which join the 14 Championship clubs in straight knockout rounds.

These two group winners will compete in the Bowl final, although should one of them reach the Cup final, the team finishing second in their group will play for the Bowl.