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Challenge Cup

Widnes Vikings fined £20,000 for Challenge Cup pitch invasion

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Widnes Vikings have been fined £20,000 after an independent tribunal found them guilty of serious breaches of RFL Operational Rules following crowd disturbances at the end of a Challenge Cup semi-final against Castleford Tigers played at Leigh Sports Village played on Sunday August 10. Widnes were found to be in breach of Operational Rule D1.8c (improper conduct), D1.10b (safety/misconduct of ... Read More »

Opinion: My thoughts on the league restructure

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Rugby League World journalist Dave Hadfield reflects on a morning spent with the RFL discussing plans for the game in 2015… It was déjà vu all over again. Sitting in a hotel in Brighouse, hearing about the plan to save the game; is it any wonder some of us were coming over all nostalgic? I would have liked a bit ... Read More »

Wembley statue begins to come to life

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The players and relatives of the figures represented in the statue that will be unveiled at Wembley in 2015 to celebrate the sport’s long and proud association with the national stadium were given their first sight of the impressive artwork this week. Billy Boston MBE, Martin Offiah MBE and Alex Murphy OBE were joined by Bev Risman, the son of ... Read More »

RFL: Challenge Cup crowd invasion investigation continuing

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The RFL is continuing to work with Widnes Vikings, Castleford Tigers, Greater Manchester Police and other agencies in the ongoing inquiry into the crowd disturbances at the Challenge Cup semi-final played at Leigh Sports Village on Sunday August 10. Evidence gathered during the investigation, including detailed video analysis from the pitch invasion that took place at the end of the ... Read More »

Wembley pain can shape my future, says Sneyd

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Castleford Tigers halfback Marc Sneyd has said that his painful Wembley experience can be used as a motivational tool for the rest of his career. Sneyd endured a torrid afternoon for the Tigers in the Challenge Cup final, being hauled off by coach Daryl Powell after just 26 minutes of their defeat to Leeds, before returning midway through the second-half. ... Read More »

Leeds Rhinos winger toasted at Lance Todd ceremony

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Ryan Hall joined an elite band of players to lift Rugby League’s most coveted man of the match award on Wednesday evening when he was presented with the Lance Todd Trophy. The Leeds Rhinos winger secured the award with an outstanding two-try display in his club’s 23-10 victory over Castleford Tigers at Wembley Stadium last Saturday and received the Lance ... Read More »

Shenton: Cup final heartache will galvanise Tigers

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Castleford captain Michael Shenton believes his side’s heart-breaking Challenge Cup final loss to Leeds will bring the Tigers closer together and give them a better chance of winning silverware in the future. The Rhinos ran out 23-10 winners at Wembley on Saturday in front of over 75,000 fans. “I think winning could have benefitted us more, but just to be ... Read More »

McDermott is best coach I’ve worked with: Bailey

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Leeds Rhinos prop Ryan Bailey insists Brian McDermott is the best coach he has ever worked with, and says he is the boss that has got the best out of him in his carer. Bailey admits he is a “hard bloke to work with” at times, and says that McDermott seems to understand him more than any other coach he’s ... Read More »

Hall is “incredible”, says Rhinos winger Tom Briscoe

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Leeds Rhinos winger Tom Briscoe has described his wing partner Ryan Hall as “incredible” – after his two-try performance in Saturday’s Challenge Cup final earned him the Lance Todd Trophy. Hall lit up Wembley with a sensational brace of individual tries during Leeds’ 23-10 victory against Castleford on Saturday, and Briscoe insists nobody deserved the man of the match award ... Read More »

I knew I’d play, says Castleford Tigers prop

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Craig Huby admits he always knew he would make it to Wembley and the Challenge Cup final – but says he isn’t sure whether he’ll be able to back up and play this week. The fitness of Huby was arguably the biggest talking point heading into the final on Saturday, but the prop came through a dislocated elbow to play ... Read More »