Monday, December 22, 2014
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Important travel information for Challenge Cup Final

Wembley

Fans travelling to London on Saturday August 23 for the Tetley’s Challenge Cup at Wembley Stadium (3.00pm) are asked to consider the following notices (courtesy of the RFL): Prior to your journey, please visit the Transport For London website – www.tfl.gov.uk – for information on all forms of public transport in London, routes, maps, journey planner, congestion charges and online ... Read More »

14 Cronulla players in ASADA storm accept bans

Paul Gallen

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 »

Daryl Powell on coaching Leeds, Rugby Union and motivation

Powell-Daryl

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

Kevin Sinfield Cup

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

Brian-McDermott

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

Shenton Sinfield Challenge Cup

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 »

Leeds Rhinos name cup final squad

Stevie Ward. ©RLPhotos

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 »

Briscoe ready to put 2013 memories to bed

Tom-Briscoe

Leeds Rhinos winger Tom Briscoe admits last year’s Challenge Cup Final defeat with Hull FC was a low point in his career – but says he’s determined to finally put his painful Wembley memories to bed by lifting the cup with the Rhinos this Saturday. Briscoe was part of the Hull team that lost 16-0 to Wigan Warriors last year, ... Read More »

Experience will benefit our preparation, says McDermott

Brian-Mcdermott

Leeds Rhinos head coach Brian McDermott believes their preparation for Saturday’s Challenge Cup Final will be aided by the experience of their recent trips to Wembley – but insists it won’t matter a jot come gameday. Recent trips to the capital for cup final appearances in 2010, 2011 and 2012 have ended in defeat for the Rhinos, but McDermott says ... Read More »

Rhinos boss: I wouldn’t be surprised if Huby plays

Huby

Leeds Rhinos head coach Brian McDermott admits he wouldn’t be surprised if prop Craig Huby turned out for Castleford Tigers this Saturday in the Challenge Cup Final – two weeks after dislocating his elbow. Huby suffered the horrific injury playing for Cas in their semi-final victory against Widnes Vikings – with his fitness arguably one of the biggest talking points ... Read More »

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