Friday, August 22, 2014
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I didn’t sledge Sinfield, says ‘shocked’ Dorn

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Luke Dorn admits he was ‘shocked’ when he was headbutted by Kevin Sinfield in the last meeting between Leeds and Castleford – but insisted he didn’t provoke the England captain by sledging him in the buildup to the incident. Sinfield received the first red card of his career last month after a hot-tempered incident with the Castleford full-back during the ... Read More »

Veivers pens new deal with Workington Town

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Phil Veivers has penned a new 12-month contract to remain as Workington Town coach in 2015. Veivers has overseen a remarkable transformation at Town, who were languishing in the relegation zone when he took over earlier in the season. A mid-season revival has seen them win eight out of their last nine games to haul themselves away from the drop ... Read More »

Opinion: Challenge Cup has fairytale ending whoever wins

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It’s been described as the most anticipated Challenge Cup Final since the showpiece event returned to Wembley – and for either Castleford Tigers or Leeds Rhinos, Saturday will provide the culmination of a fantastic and enthralling Rugby League tale. Both Castleford and Leeds’ journey to the Wembley final is the stuff of Hans Christian Andersen-type writing, such is their fairytale ... Read More »

Important travel information for Challenge Cup Final

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Fans travelling to London on Saturday August 23 for the Tetley’s Challenge Cup at Wembley Stadium (3.00pm) are asked to consider the following notices (courtesy of the RFL): Prior to your journey, please visit the Transport For London website – www.tfl.co.uk – for information on all forms of public transport in London, routes, maps, journey planner, congestion charges and online ... Read More »

14 Cronulla players in ASADA storm accept bans

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Australian media are reporting that up to 14 past and present Cronulla Sharks players will accept deals relating to the show cause notices they were issued by ASADA – and will receive a back-dated 12-month suspension. Nathan Gardner, Wade Graham, Anthony Tupou and Sharks captain Paul Gallen have reportedly accepted the deal, as well as the likes of Jeremy Smith, ... Read More »

The pressure is on Leeds, says Daryl Powell

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Daryl Powell has stoked the flames ahead of the Challenge Cup Final, by admitting that all the pressure is on Leeds, not his Castleford Tigers side. Powell believes that given Leeds’ extraordinary record with the Challenge Cup in the last 15 years – having lost six finals in a row without tasting success – then his side can approach the ... Read More »

Daryl Powell on coaching Leeds, Rugby Union and motivation

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Castleford Tigers coach Daryl Powell admits he should probably have continued as Leeds Rhinos coach for at least another year, as he looks to become the man that continues his old club’s extraordinary hoodoo with the Challenge Cup this weekend. Powell coached the Rhinos in the early-2000s after retiring from playing – having been involved in the last squad to ... Read More »

Sinfield ready to exorcise Wembley demons

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Leeds Rhinos captain Kevin Sinfield is ready to put his Wembley hoodoo to bed this weekend by finally lifting the Challenge Cup – but insists he won’t be having painful flashbacks about his previous experiences at the national stadium. Sinfield lost three straight Challenge Cup Final matches between 2010 and 2012 at Wembley, before enduring the heartbreak of that late ... Read More »

EXCLUSIVE: Brian McDermott on quest for cup glory

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Ahead of their Challenge Cup Final clash against Wembley tomorrow, Brian McDermott has revealed just how tough his first year in charge of Leeds Rhinos was – calling it the most challenging time of his coaching career. McDermott eventually steered the Rhinos to Grand Final glory in his first season in charge – but things were far from straightforward, as ... Read More »

Challenge Cup Final: The key battles

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Guest writer James Oddy takes a look at the key areas in which Saturday’s Challenge Cup Final between Castleford Tigers and Leeds Rhinos will be won and lost.. The coaches: Brian McDermott (Leeds) vs Daryl Powell (Castleford) It’s interesting to think how different the Rugby League landscape would be had Powell been retained by Leeds before their record breaking 2004 ... Read More »

Kevin Larroyer to remain at Hull KR

Kevin Larroyer in his Catalan Dragons days. ©RLPhotos

French international Kevin Larroyer will remain at Hull Kingston Rovers in 2015 after securing an additional season-long loan from Catalan Dragons. The back row forward has enjoyed an impressive debut campaign with the Robins this year and has been one of his side’s most consistent performers, racking up seven tries in 22 appearances. Having initially joined the club on loan ... Read More »

Denmark Rugby League win Nordic Cup again

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A comprehensive 44-6 success over holders Sweden in Copenhagen last weekend – building on earlier victory against Norway in Oslo – saw Denmark pick up the 2014 Nordic Cup, becoming the first of the Scandinavian nations to hold it twice, having won the inaugural tournament in 2011. Try doubles from centre pairing Emil Borggren and Martin Pedersen-Scott laid the platform ... Read More »

Leeds Rhinos name cup final squad

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Leeds Rhinos head coach Brian McDermott has named his 19-man squad for the Challenge Cup Final against Castleford Tigers, with Stevie Ward and Mitch Achurch the two men included alongside the 17 players McDermott named on Monday. The Rhinos boss took the unusual step of naming his team five days before the final, a move which caught many reporters by ... Read More »