Six of the Best: Magical Wembley final moments

TotalRL.com’s Challenge Cup Final buildup rolls on with our Six of the Best feature – and this week, we could only realistically talk about the Wembley showpiece. Despite a brief sabbatical between 2000 and 2006 due to the rebuilding of the stadium, Wembley is very much the spiritual home of the Challenge Cup, and this Saturday looks like providing one…

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I’d never heard of Cas, but now I’m happy: Carney

Justin Carney admits he’d never even heard of Castleford before signing for the club – but now says Castleford is his home, and he’s the happiest he’s been for years. Carney was plucked from relative Rugby League obscurity when Castleford snapped him up in 2013, after failing to score a single try during his final season at the Sydney Roosters…

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Challenge Cup Final: Who will claim the Lance Todd Trophy?

The countdown is well and truly on to kick-off at Wembley Stadium, as Leeds and Castleford are set to do battle for the Challenge Cup. But as well as the team honours at stake, there is also the prestigious Lance Todd Trophy on offer – as voted for by members of the media who are in attendance at Wembley on…

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I didn’t sledge Sinfield, says ‘shocked’ Dorn

Luke Dorn admits he was ‘shocked’ when he was headbutted by Kevin Sinfield in the last meeting between Leeds and Castleford – but insisted he didn’t provoke the England captain by sledging him in the buildup to the incident. Sinfield received the first red card of his career last month after a hot-tempered incident with the Castleford full-back during the…

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Challenge Cup Final: The stats that matter

Castleford Tigers and Leeds Rhinos meet for the first time in a Challenge Cup final on Saturday, so with that in mind, here’s TotalRL.com’s handy guide to all the milestones and statistics that truly matter ahead of this mouthwatering event. It will be only the fourth time the clubs have met in a final, having previously contested the 1968-69 Championship…

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Opinion: Challenge Cup has fairytale ending whoever wins

It’s been described as the most anticipated Challenge Cup Final since the showpiece event returned to Wembley – and for either Castleford Tigers or Leeds Rhinos, Saturday will provide the culmination of a fantastic and enthralling Rugby League tale. Both Castleford and Leeds’ journey to the Wembley final is the stuff of Hans Christian Andersen-type writing, such is their fairytale…

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Important travel information for Challenge Cup Final

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…

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The pressure is on Leeds, says Daryl Powell

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…

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Sinfield ready to exorcise Wembley demons

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…

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