2024 Challenge Cup final: Date, time and how to watch the Warrington Wolves vs Wigan Warriors rugby league clash

Rugby League's oldest competition is preparing for its traditional decider at Wembley, as the final of the 2024 Challenge Cup takes place this weekend.

It is the 123rd edition of the tournament and this year it features two of the most prestigious and successful clubs in football, both of which have reached the top of Wembley many times in the past.

Reigning 2023 Super League champions Wigan Warriors will be looking to add a record-breaking 21st Challenge Cup title to their trophy cabinet, having already defeated NRL champions Penrith Panthers on home soil in this year's World Club Challenge.

While the Warriors go into the game as favourites – they won the Challenge Cup just two years ago and are currently joint top of the Super League table – Warrington have surprised everyone so far this year. They are fourth in the table, just two points behind Wigan, and under new head coach Sam Burgess – a name well known to NRL fans too – they have a real chance of lifting their first trophy since 2019's Wembley success.

This final also gives the rugby world the opportunity to say goodbye to Rob Burrow, the Leeds Rhinos and Super League legend who sadly lost his battle with Motor Neurone Disease on June 2. Rugby League officials have organised a special tribute to him that will make this Challenge Cup final a poignant experience.

Sheffield Eagles, Castleford, Hull KR, London Broncos, St. Helens and Huddersfield were all eliminated by these two teams on the way to the decider in the English capital.

As Rugby League fans flock to Wembley Stadium, The Sporting News has all the TV, streaming and kick-off details to help you follow the action.

When will the 2024 Challenge Cup final take place?

Wigan Warriors and Warrington Wolves face each other in the final of the 2024 Challenge Cup at Wembley Stadium in London. Saturday, June 8, 2024.

It has only been two years since Wigan last won the Challenge Cup when they beat Huddersfield at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in 2022.

The Warriors' last Wembley win came in 2013 en route to a Super League and Challenge Cup double, while Wolves beat St. Helens to win their most recent title in 2019.

What time does the 2024 Challenge Cup final start and why is the kick-off delayed?

The start of the final was originally scheduled for 15:00 local time (BST), but the start time was changed to 15:07 BSTin a tribute to the life and legacy of former Leeds Rhinos and England halfback Rob Burrow, who passed away on June 2nd at the age of 41 after a long battle with Motor Neurone Disease. The start time marks his legacy in the number 7 jersey.

Date Kick-off time
United Kingdom Saturday, June 8 15:07 BST
Australia Sunday, June 9 00:07 AEDT

Final of the Challenge Cup 2024 Live stream, TV channel

Here's where to watch the 2024 Challenge Cup Final broadcast and live stream for Rugby League fans on both sides of the world:

TV channel Streaming
United Kingdom BBC One BBC iPlayer, BBC website
Australia Fox League KayoSports

UNITED KINGDOM: The BBC has a long tradition of covering rugby league in the UK, with the Challenge Cup being the best example. This game will be shown on BBC One, with live streaming options on iPlayer and the BBC website.

Australia: To ensure rugby league fans down under don't miss the crucial match of the sport's oldest competition, FOX League will be broadcasting the game in Australia. Streaming is also available with a Kayo Sports subscription, and if you miss the action overnight, you can also catch up on the game.

Prediction for the 2024 Challenge Cup final

The most recent meeting between these two old rivals is still fresh in the memory, having taken place in Round 13 of the Super League at the Halliwell Jones Stadium last week. Wigan won a hard-fought 19-18 clash, but the game was not without controversy.

Two Warriors, Tyler Dupree and Adam Keighran, will miss the decisive match at Wembley after being suspended for incidents in that game – the former for an unnecessary headbutt on play and Keighran receiving a red card for a high shot on Arron Lindop. Without one of their key strikers and Keighran's razor-sharp goal, could Wigan have handed their Challenge Cup final hopes to Wolves?

Forecast: Warrington Wolves win by 6 points or less