Blackpool Panthers host top French team Pia XIII in the third round of the Challenge Cup this Saturday.

Pia, or to give them their full title Salanque Méditerranée Pia Rugby XIII, or as they are sometimes called, the Pia Donkeys, are based in south east of France, just north of Perpignan and currently lead the French RL premiership.

They beat their opposition by 70 points last weekend and have a core of six very good Australian players in their squad.