Saturday, August 23, 2014
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Author Archives: Aaron Bower

TotalRL TV: Challenge Cup Final Preview

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As part of our extended coverage ahead of this weekend’s Challenge Cup Final, TotalRL TV has sat down to have an extensive look at the showpiece final between Leeds Rhinos and Castleford Tigers. League Express editor Martyn Sadler and reporter John Davidson sat down to talk about where the game could be won and lost, and who looks to have ... Read More »

Wembley nearing sellout for Challenge Cup Final

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The Rugby Football League (RFL) has announced that over 70,000 tickets have sold for this weekend’s Challenge Cup final at Wembley Stadium between Castleford Tigers and Leeds Rhinos. Seats in the lower tiers at the 90,000 capacity Wembley are almost sold out, with RFL marketing director Mark Foster hailing the demand for tickets and urging supporters without one to act ... Read More »

Six of the Best: Magical Wembley final moments

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TotalRL.com’s Challenge Cup Final buildup rolls on with our Six of the Best feature – and this week, we could only realistically talk about the Wembley showpiece. Despite a brief sabbatical between 2000 and 2006 due to the rebuilding of the stadium, Wembley is very much the spiritual home of the Challenge Cup, and this Saturday looks like providing one ... Read More »

Luke Dorn blog: Cas star speaks to TotalRL.com

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Wembley is now just a matter of days away, and to continue our unrivalled buildup to the big event on Saturday, we’ve brought back our weekly blog with Castleford Tigers star Luke Dorn. The full-back has been sensational for Castleford this year, and he sat down with our man Aaron Bower to talk about the game, the buildup, and just ... Read More »

Cronulla Sharks in doping claims

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Seventeen past and present players from NRL side Cronulla Sharks are under investigation for alleged doping. The players have been issued with formal allegations of possible anti-doping violations. The Sharks have said five of the players are still at the club. An investigation by the Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority (ASADA) centres around the possible use of supplements, including banned peptides. ... Read More »

Gareth Ellis signs new Hull FC deal

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Hull FC captain Gareth Ellis has signed a contract extension that will keep him at the KC Stadium until the end of 2016. The 33-year-old former England international had the pick of First Utility Super League clubs when he decided to return from the NRL three years ago and opted to pen a three-year deal with the Airlie Birds. Although ... Read More »

Sheffield to host Challenge Cup replay if needed

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Bramall Lane, Sheffield, will host the replay of the 2014 Tetley’s Challenge Cup final on Wednesday September 3 (8.00pm) should the scores be level at full-time in Saturday’s showpiece between Castleford Tigers and Leeds Rhinos at Wembley Stadium. The Challenge Cup final is the only Rugby League final that goes to a replay rather than be decided on the day ... Read More »

Gallery: Wigan Warriors train with Bath RU

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As we mentioned earlier today, Wigan Warriors have used their week off to undergo a different kind of training, as they collided with Bath Rugby Union in a novel move between the two clubs. It’s rare that both codes come together in such a manner, and both clubs have spoken of how positive an experience the session has been. The ... Read More »

Codes collide as Wigan and Bath train together

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Two rugby codes collided this week as Wigan Rugby League travelled to Bath Rugby Union for some dual-training in the South West. Whilst the two sides are at different stages of their season – Wigan have just three fixtures left of their regular First Utility Super League campaign whilst Bath will kick-off their Aviva Premiership campaign away to Sale Sharks ... Read More »

Jones-Buchanan hoping to peak in final

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Jamie Jones-Buchanan is confident that the “genius” of coach Brian McDermott will go a long way to preparing Leeds Rhinos for their Tetley’s Challenge Cup final against Castleford Tigers on Saturday August 23 (3.00pm). The forward believes that a very competitive league campaign has better-prepared sides for knockout competition, whilst McDermott’s expertise has been the extra impetus to ensure the ... Read More »