Leeds Rhinos captain Kevin Sinfield is on the verge of setting a new Challenge Cup record for most captaincies in a Final when Leeds take on Hull Kingston Rovers on Saturday after Rhinos coach Brian McDermott named his 19-man squad today.
It will be the seventh time Sinfield will have captained the Rhinos in a Cup Final, taking him clear of Eric Ashton‘s total of six for Wigan (1958, 1959, 1961, 1963, 1965, 1966).
Ashton will retain the Wembley record however – as the first two of Sinfield’s appearances as captain were in Cardiff.
Sinfield is an ever present for Leeds in Challenge Cup ties since 2005’s 25-24 Final defeat to Hull FC at Cardiff’s Millennium Stadium. He has appeared in 37 consecutive games in the competition since then.
The squad in full in squad number order is:
1 Zak Hardaker 2 Tom Briscoe 3 Kallum Watkins 4 Joel Moon 5 Ryan Hall 6 Danny McGuire 7 Rob Burrow 8 Kylie Leuluai 10 Jamie Peacock 12 Carl Ablett 13 Kevin Sinfield 14 Stevie Ward 15 Brett Delaney 16 Mitch Achurch 17 Adam Cuthbertson 19 Brad Singleton 20 Jimmy Keinhorst 28 Ash Handley 30 Mitch Garbutt
For the best coverage of the Ladbroke’s Challenge Cup Final, ensure you get your copy of Monday’s edition of League Express