The RFL has published images of the newly-commissioned silverware Leeds and Castleford will compete for in Saturday’s Women’s Challenge Cup Final.
The two teams meet on the same day that the Finalists of the men’s competition are decided, in a triple-header at the University of Bolton Stadium.
The Cup is the first that the RFL has commissioned specifically for the women’s game.
Standing 54.6cm (21½ inches) high, the silver trophy has been created by Birmingham-based silversmiths Fattorini and Sons.
Originally established in Yorkshire by Italian immigrants in the early 19th century, Fattorini & Sons has been making sports trophies since the 1920s, including the men’s Challenge Cup.
The design of the women’s trophy itself adopts elements of the traditional men’s version, such as its fluted top and adorning angel, within a more contemporary overall design.
RFL interim chairman Simon Johnson said: “It is right and fitting that the growth in the women’s game should be reflected by a magnificent new trophy such as this one.
“We have a fantastic final to look forward to on Saturday and either Castleford Tigers or Leeds Rhinos will be the first to get their hands on what is a strikingly beautiful piece of silverware.”
The base of the new Cup bears the names of the previous Women’s Challenge Cup winners: Featherstone Rovers (2012); Thatto Heath Crusaders (2013, 2014, 2015, 2016); Bradford Bulls (2017) and Leeds Rhinos (2018).