SQUAD WATCH: All the team news for Friday’s games

Leeds v Wigan (8pm, Sky Sports) Brett Delaney makes a welcome return for Leeds, with Josh Jordan-Roberts missing out. Wigan make two changes from the side that defeated Salford in the Challenge Cup, with youngsters Jack Wells and Josh Ganson replacing Joel Tomkins (groin) and Sam Powell (suspension). Liam Farrell retains his place in the squad despite not recovering in…

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Watson positive about Salford’s future after Challenge Cup heartbreak

Ian Watson insists Salford will be back on the big stage in the future after losing in the Challenge Cup semi-final to Wigan. The Red Devils went down 27-14 to the Warriors despite leading 14-12 at the break. It was a fifth defeat in six for Salford, who will now focus their efforts on solidifying their place in the play-offs. Watson,…

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Tomkins and Farrell return for Wigan – while O’Brien misses out for Salford semi

Salford are likely to hand out debuts to Manu Vatuvei and Tyrone McCarthy for Sunday’s Challenge Cup semi-final against Wigan: but star fullback Gareth O’Brien is a notable omission from their squad. The Red Devils are aiming to reach their first Wembley final in over 40 years on Sunday afternoon, with victory against Wigan the only obstacle standing in their…

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Super League club-by-club regular season review plus grading

Castleford Tigers (1st) Highlight: Take your pick so far; although Tigers fans will not forget the 66-10 mauling of local rivals Leeds back in March in a hurry, surely. Lowlight: There haven’t been many, but the disappointing defeat to Salford in the driving rain earlier in the season is perhaps the most frustrating. Star player: There are plenty of contenders…

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Andy Gregory offers services to Wigan – and Salford! – players ahead of semi

Wigan coach Shaun Wane has drafted in club legend Andy Gregory to speak to his players ahead of Sunday’s Challenge Cup semi-final with Salford – after his Red Devils counterpart Ian Watson admitted he had also been approached by Gregory to speak with his players! Gregory won five Challenge Cups during his time as a player with Wigan, before later…

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Leigh stun Salford in regular season finale

Leigh Centurions eased past Salford Red Devils 25-0 to move off the bottom of the table and consign their visitors to a regular season finish outside of the top four. Salford came into the game as hot favourites but the hosts drew first blood through Greg McNally. The Centurions then moved into an 18-0 half time lead as Atelea Vea…

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SQUAD WATCH: All the team news for Friday’s games as Ellis eyes Hull return

Hull FC v Huddersfield (8pm, KCOM Stadium) There are two huge boosts for Hull FC ahead of Friday’s clash with Huddersfield: as captain Gareth Ellis and half-back Albert Kelly both return to the squad. Ellis has not played since Hull’s league victory against Castleford back in April, while Kelly missed the trip to Leeds last week. Huddersfield make one change:…

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Salford strengthen their squad with capture of Tyrone McCarthy

Salford have announced the signing of former Hull KR and Warrington forward Tyrone McCarthy on a “long-term contract” with immediate effect. League Express first revealed earlier this year how McCarthy had a number of offers from Super League sides in regards to returning home from the NRL, where he has been playing with St George-Illawarra Dragons. And McCarthy, who captained…

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Salford request further allocation of Challenge Cup tickets following sales

Salford have asked for more tickets ahead of their Challenge Cup semi-final with Wigan following a high demand for tickets. The Red Devils had sold almost 4,500 tickets by Sunday, leaving them close to filling their allocation for the game at the Halliwell Jones Stadium. Ian Blease, the club’s CEO, has confirmed they have contacted the RFL in the hope of…

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