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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

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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 »

Opinion: Huby not the first Wembley fitness gamble

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Gavin Miller in 1986, Kris Radlinski in 2000, Keith Senior in 2005. All players who went into a Challenge Cup Final with a massive question mark over their fitness, and this pretty illustrious list can add another member to the club – Castleford’s Craig Huby. The fitness of Huby has been perhaps the biggest talking point of all heading into ... Read More »