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Challenge Cup history is forgotten, says Mac

Brian-McDermott

Leeds Rhinos boss Brian McDermott insists Leeds’ recent history in the Challenge Cup means nothing – and worrying about it is not the way to prepare for a semi-final clash against Warrington Wolves. Leeds have infamously not won the famous cup in 15 years, with the Rhinos potentially 160 minutes away from ending one of the biggest droughts in Rugby ... Read More »

Bradford Bulls re-sign Adam O’Brien

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Bradford Bulls have made their ninth addition to their 2015 squad, after announcing the re-signing of rising star Adam O’Brien. O’Brien, who turned 21 last month, has agreed a new two-year-deal, meaning he will be a Bull until at least the end of 2016. The young hooker, who has enjoyed a more prominent role in the side recent weeks, is ... Read More »

Castleford Tigers name squad for semi-final

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Castleford Tigers have named their 19-man squad for their semi-final against Widnes Vikings this weekend, with winger James Clare coming into the squad – and likely going straight into the side. Clare is the obvious candidate to replace Justin Carney – who was suspended earlier this week for a dangerous throw on London’s Thomas Minns. Andy Lynch and Daryl Clark ... Read More »

Stats Zone: Challenge Cup semi-final special

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Leeds Rhinos v Warrington Wolves – Saturday, 2:30pm KO Leeds have not defeated Warrington in a Challenge Cup semi-final for over a century – since an 11-10 victory at Broughton in 1910. Warrington have won the last four meetings between the clubs at this stage since then. Leeds are appearing in a record-equalling 45th Challenge Cup semi-final (shared with Wigan) ... Read More »

There will be nerves, says Widnes Vikings star

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Widnes Vikings star Kevin Brown admits there will be nerves ahead of their huge semi-final showdown with Castleford Tigers on Sunday – but he says if the Vikings can control them, those nerves can be channeled into a huge positive. The Vikings and the Tigers are both just 80 minutes away from Wembley, and a return to the Challenge Cup ... Read More »

Debate: Extended World Club Challenge; Yes or no?

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It’s been revealed this past week that the World Club Challenge could be set for expansion, after Leeds Rhinos’ Gary Hetherington told Sky Sports that discussions are ongoing regarding a potential six-team tournament in the near future “We really hope this is going to happen, “ said Hetherington. “I think it is fair to say that the Super League Clubs ... Read More »

Friday Flashback: Challenge Cup special

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For this week’s edition of the Friday Flashback, we’re only going back a few years, as two great Challenge Cup rivals prepare to do battle once again. The last two occasions in which Leeds and Warrington have locked horns in the cup have been in the final – but this year, they’re both playing for a place at Wembley. Amazingly, ... Read More »

Warrington Wolves boss hoping his side don’t ‘wobble’

Tony-Smith

Warrington Wolves boss Tony Smith insists now is not the time to ‘wobble’ with a return to Wembley just 80 minutes away, as his team look to continue their incredible record in the Challenge Cup. The Wolves have won the famous trophy in 2009, 2010 and 2012 – with the two most recent victories coming against their semi-final opponents in ... Read More »

Challenge Cup excites, not worries me – JJB

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Jamie Jones-Buchanan admits his career would be incomplete without a Challenge Cup victory with Leeds Rhinos – but said instead of worrying about it, the challenge of lifting the trophy simply excites him. Jones-Buchanan is part of a core of Rhinos stalwarts that have never lifted the famous Challenge Cup trophy, with Leeds’ last success coming in 1999. However, ‘JJB’ ... Read More »

Form is irrelevant, says Leeds Rhinos boss

Brian-Mcdermott

Form means nothing when it comes to the Challenge Cup semi-finals – that’s the view of Leeds Rhinos boss Brian McDermott, as they take on their arch-rivals Warrington with a place in the final at stake tomorrow. The Rhinos are heading into the game off the back of a shock defeat against local rivals Bradford, whilst the Wolves managed to ... Read More »