TICKETS will go on sale tomorrow (9am) for the Bulls versus Rhinos Challenge Cup clash in the return of a fixture Robbie Hunter-Paul believes was 'the biggest rugby league derby in the world' in its heyday.

A record crowd of 24,020 fans packed out Odsal in 1999 to witness the sides do battle and next month’s cup clash at the same venue on Saturday, May 11 (2.30pm) sees the West Yorkshire rivals collide for the first time since 2014.

A place in the quarter-finals is at stake alongside local bragging rights and with both teams currently just three wins away from Wembley Stadium, the stakes could not be higher.

Hunter-Paul, who won three Super League titles with Bulls and also won two Challenge Cup finals against the Rhinos in 2000 and 2003, said: “Back when I was playing it was the first game you looked for on the fixture list and for some people it was the only fixture.

“It was a game that was massive for everyone, players, fans, everyone associated with the club – it often split households straight down the middle.

“We had such intense battles in finals but the games that stand out to me were when the stands were packed out at Odsal and Headingley.

“It is a true great sporting rivalry with an intense atmosphere that made it the biggest Rugby League derby in the world and I am really looking forward to it reviving on May 11.”

It is the first Challenge Cup fixture between the two teams in 16 years – when Bradford Bulls won a 22-20 thriller at the Millennium Stadium to lift the trophy.

Matt Diskin played for Rhinos in that famous 2003 final before becoming a Bull in 2011.

Having experienced the intensity of the derby from both sides, he admits the sport has suffered from its absence in recent years.

“When I played it was the biggest derby in the game by far and I think it is something the game is lacking at the moment,” said Diskin, who featured for Leeds between 2001-2010 before enjoying a four-year spell as a Bull.

“They were always high intensity games with no quarter asked or given – it is great to see this game back on again.

“Later in my career I saw the rivalry was just as intense on the Bulls side – it will be a great occasion and it will show the game just what it has missed and I hope there will be a really big crowd back at Odsal”

Pre-Sale prices: Terrace – Adults (£18), Concessions (£13), Juniors (£5), Family (£40); Provident Stand – Adults (£23), Concessions (£18), Juniors (£5), Family (£50); Premier Club – Adults (£28), Concessions (£23), Juniors (£5), Family (£60).

Prices will rise by £2 on game-day. A family ticket is valid for two adults and two children.

The Bulls shop is open from 9am tomorrow or tickets can be purchased online.

For more details, visit the Bulls website.