Danny McGuire to put personal friendships to one side in Saturday’s Grand Final

Danny McGuire will put personal friendships to one side this weekend as he becomes only the third man to lead Leeds out in a Super League Grand Final – something he describes as a “huge honour” in his final game for his hometown club. McGuire’s Leeds career will finish on the biggest stage of all before the heads to Hull…

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From part-time labourer to Man of Steel: the rise and rise of Luke Gale

It is, in many ways, one of the more extraordinary journeys to the pinnacle of British rugby league. For most Man of Steel winners, the career trajectory is fairly straightforward. Emerge as a talent in the Academy, make an instant impression at first-team level in Super League and eventually earn the sport’s biggest individual accolade: the Man of Steel award.…

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Luke Gale named 2017 Steve Prescott Man of Steel

Castleford Tigers scrum-half Luke Gale has been named the 2017 Steve Prescott MBE Man of Steel. Gale has been in the best form of his career this year, most recently in the Betfred Super League semi-final against St Helens where he clinched the win for the Tigers with a golden point drop-goal in extra time, 16 days after emergency surgery…

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Leading bookmaker PAYS OUT on Luke Gale to be crowned Man of Steel 2017

Leading bookmaker Betway has settled all bets on Luke Gale being crowned the 2017 Steve Prescott Man of Steel with the belief that he will definitely win the award. Gale, who was hugely influential on Thursday night as the Tigers booked their first ever trip to Old Trafford and the Super League Grand Final, is the overwhelming favourite to win…

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Castleford legend Mal Reilly backs the Tigers to win the Grand Final

Castleford legend Mal Reilly has backed the current crop of Tigers to enter uncharted territory next Saturday at Old Trafford and win the league title for the first time. Reilly won the Challenge Cup with the Tigers as both a player and coach, but never the league championship, something Castleford have the opportunity to do next weekend after Thursday’s dramatic…

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Powell pays tribute to Gale and Milner following semi-final success

Daryl Powell picked out Luke Gale and Adam Milner for praise following their semi-final success over St Helens. The duo came up with a number of key plays among them to ensure the Tigers triumphed in an epic encounter between the two sides. Gale’s contribution, which included a try, an equalising penalty goal after the hooter and the decisive drop…

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Castleford v St Helens: Four huge talking points ahead of tonight’s game

Will Luke Gale play – and make it through the game? It’s potentially the biggest talking point of the entire run-in, let alone this one game. If Luke Gale is available – and he is fit – then Castleford are undoubtedly favourites. But will he get the nod from Daryl Powell to play just 16 days after appendix surgery? And…

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Powell calls on Castleford to deliver on the big night tonight

Castleford coach Daryl Powell has sent the rallying cry out ahead of arguably the club’s biggest game in years: make sure you deliver tonight to realise your dreams of reaching Old Trafford. The Super League leaders are one game away from a first ever appearance in the Grand Final, but standing in their way are St Helens, a side who…

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Combined XIII: Castleford Tigers v St Helens

Ahead of Thursday’s first play-off semi-final between Castleford and St Helens, we’ve taken the plunge and thrown together a combined side featuring the very best players from both the Tigers and the Saints. It may cause some debate! Here’s how we see it: Fullback: Zak Hardaker Tough to leave out Ben Barba – but Hardaker’s form this year has seen…

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