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Challenge Cup: The Rhinos’ run to the final

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In preparation for this weekend’s Challenge Cup final, we’re taking a look at both Leeds and Castleford’s incredible runs to the showpiece Wembley event, with the Rhinos first up in the spotlight. Leeds have had it far from easy on their run to Wembley, facing high quality opposition in each and every round they’ve played in this year’s cup. So ... Read More »

Vote: Who will win Saturday’s Challenge Cup final?

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Every week in League Express we ask our readers to give us their predictions or opinions on some of the game’s hottest topics or talking points. This week, we’re asking you to predict a winner from Saturday’s Challenge Cup final. Will Castleford conquer the Rhinos or will Leeds get their hands on the game’s most prestigious trophy? What do you ... Read More »

Shannon McDonnell keen on extending Saints stay

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St Helens full-back Shannon McDonnell wants to make his deal with the Super League leaders a permanent one after impressing on his debut last week. The 27-year-old Australian penned a short-term deal in July to cover injuries after finding himself without a club. It expires at the end of this season. On his Saints debut last week, he scored two ... Read More »

Vikings take out League Express advert to apologise to Tigers

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Widnes Vikings purchased a full-page advertisement in this week’s League Express newspaper to apologise to Castleford Tigers for their fans’ involvement in a disgraceful pitch invasion following their semi-final defeat to the West Yorkshire club. The page read: “Congratulations, Castleford Tigers. “Widnes Vikings would like to take this opportunity to apologise to each and every person or organisation with a ... Read More »

Castleford Tigers prop not giving up on Wembley

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Craig Huby is not giving up on his Wembley dream yet, after telling local media that his horrific injury suffered less than two weeks ago is on the mend. The Castleford Tigers prop dislocated his elbow during the semi-final victory against Widnes Vikings and, with the race on for a spot in Daryl Powell’s 19-man squad – which is named ... Read More »

Challenge Cup: Phil Bentham to referee final

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Phil Bentham will referee Saturday’s Challenge Cup final between Leeds Rhinos and Castleford Tigers, the RFL have announced today. It will be Bentham’s third Wembley appearance following his Challenge Cup final debut in 2011 and last year’s final. He will be assisted by touch-judges Joe Cobb and Robert Hicks, while Ben Thaler will be the video referee alongside video referee ... Read More »

Arundel praises Lowes impact

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On-loan Bradford centre Joe Arundel believes the Bulls may not have been relegated if Francis Cummins had been replaced by James Lowes earlier in the season. Cummins was relieved of his duties on June 16, with club legend Lowes named as his replacement just over a week later. Since his arrival, the Bulls have improved significantly and have won their ... Read More »

I’ve failed Hull FC so far, says captain

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Hull FC captain Gareth Ellis believes his side’s lack of recent silverware means he has been a failure at the club. The former Great Britain star, 33, joined the Airlie Birds at the start of 2013 with big ambitions. “I’ve failed on my assignment here to be part of the success of the club – winning silverware or putting us ... Read More »

Broncos winger Keiran Dixon to join Hull Kingston Rovers

London Broncos winger Kieran Dixon. ©RLPhotos

London Broncos winger Kieran Dixon will join Hull Kingston Rovers next season. League Express understands that the deal has been done, and that Dixon has passed a medical with the Robins. This article originally appeared in this week’s edition of League Express newspaper. Click here to download the digital version to your computer, smartphone or tablet Dixon, who played for ... Read More »

Leeds Rhinos boss names cup final side

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In an extraordinary twist at Monday’s Challenge Cup Final press conference, Leeds Rhinos boss Brian McDermott took the unusual step to name his team for the match – five days before the game. McDermott told a packed press conference that he has a near fully fit squad to select from, and went as far as to actually tell reporters the ... Read More »