Kelly named in Rovers’ Cup Final squad

Hull Kingston Rovers coach Chris Chester has named halfback Albert Kelly in his 19-man squad for Saturday’s Ladbrokes Challenge Cup Final against Leeds Rhinos at Wembley.

The Robins will look to lift the trophy for only the second time in the club’s history this weekend and Chester has picked a strong looking squad to face the defending Challenge Cup holders.

Kelly will be given as long as possible to prove his fitness after picking up a knee ligament injury in the semi-final victory over Warrington Wolves earlier this month.

Kelly’s selection means there is no place in the squad for recent Australian signing Dane Chisholm.

Tyrone McCarthy will captain the side at Wembley and he takes his place in the squad alongside several other players who were rested for Sunday’s Super 8s clash against Widnes Vikings.

The skipper is one of three players in the Hull KR squad to have previously played in a Challenge Cup final, alongside Graeme Horne and Shaun Lunt, with the latter confirming he has signed a new four-year contract with the club at this morning’s Wembley departure event.

Hull KR’s 19-man squad in squad number order is:
1 Kieran Dixon
2 Ben Cockayne
4 Josh Mantellato
5 Ken Sio
6 Maurice Blair
7 Albert Kelly
8 Adam Walker
11 Kevin Larroyer
12 Graeme Horne
13 Tyrone McCarthy
14 Mitch Allgood
15 James Donaldson
18 Liam Salter
19 Kris Welham
20 James Green
24 John Boudebza
31 Shaun Lunt
32 Dane Tilse
34 Tony Puletua

A full match report, photos and analysis of the Challenge Cup Final will feature in Monday’s edition of League Express.