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Jack Welsby shows in Challenge Cup final what England need at World Cup

The battle of the halves ended even at Wembley but the young utility sub swung the Challenge Cup final for St HelensBy Gavin Willacy for No Helmets RequiredThere were few surprises at Wembley on Saturday. Hugely experienced St Helens, the reigning Supe…

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St Helens’ Kyle Amor hails Challenge Cup win as ‘final piece of the jigsaw’

Prop salutes ‘special time to be a St Helens player’Saints beat Castleford 26-12 at Wembley in Saturday’s finalThe feeling of euphoria among the St Helens players as they finally lifted the Challenge Cup at Wembley on Saturday suggested the climax of a…

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St Helens fend off Castleford to take the Challenge Cup

• St Helens 20-12 Castleford• Saints win trophy for first time since 2008Legacy. In rugby league, it is years in the making: just ask those that have stepped out here to try to join the roll call of the players who have lifted the Challenge Cup. But th…

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Castleford and St Helens face off to seize Challenge Cup and cement legacy | Aaron Bower

Two fine sides have been without the trophy for years but have Wembley chance to put that right on SaturdayTo suggest Saturday’s Challenge Cup final between Castleford and St Helens is the last chance for either of these sides to truly cement their mod…

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‘A special little town’: Castleford ready for Wembley Challenge Cup exodus

Castleford has a special bond with its rugby league team and only St Helens block the way to a first major trophy since 1986When dawn breaks on Saturday morning in Castleford, cafe shutters will be rolling up as early as 5am and the roads will begin to…

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Challenge Cup final: rugby league has its annual chance to attract new fans

People who don’t grow up in rugby league heartlands discover the sport on TV. It’s vital that the final is broadcast free-to-airThe Challenge Cup final on Saturday is rugby league’s annual mainstream showcase, the longest advert for the sport every yea…

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Challenge Cup final: rugby league has its annual chance to attract new fans

People who don’t grow up in rugby league heartlands discover the sport on TV. It’s vital that the final is broadcast free-to-airThe Challenge Cup final on Saturday is rugby league’s annual mainstream showcase, the longest advert for the sport every yea…

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Challenge Cup final: rugby league has its annual chance to attract new fans

People who don’t grow up in rugby league heartlands discover the sport on TV. It’s vital that the final is broadcast free-to-airThe Challenge Cup final on Saturday is rugby league’s annual mainstream showcase, the longest advert for the sport every yea…

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St Helens hold off thrilling Hull fightback to reach Challenge Cup final

Semi-final: Hull 18-33 St HelensIncredible 90-metre run from Regan Grace decides gameThe wait is almost over for St Helens. Anyone who has followed one of rugby league’s most successful clubs in the 13 years since their last Challenge Cup triumph in 20…

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James Roby urges St Helens to ignore Challenge Cup famine and focus on Hull

Roby: ‘It’s been a long time between drinks for a club this size’Saints face Hull in Leigh semi-final on SaturdayThe St Helens captain, James Roby, has called on his side to ignore their Challenge Cup drought and focus solely on Saturday’s semi-final w…

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‘It’s a huge moment’: Women’s Challenge Cup final gets its TV closeup

St Helens and York face off in Leigh on Saturday in front of the BBC’s cameras – the final’s first nationally broadcast outingWomen’s rugby league has made some encouraging strides in the four years since the formation of the Women’s Super League. Howe…

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Satae’s double sinks Wigan and puts Hull in Challenge Cup semi-final

Hull 20-10 WiganSwift wraps up win with stoppage-time tryHull FC reserved their place in the semi-finals of the Challenge Cup, as two tries from Tevita Satae helped them to victory against Wigan Warriors.In the standout tie of the quarter-finals, it wa…

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Tetevano sent off as St Helens knock out Challenge Cup holders Leeds

Challenge Cup third round: St Helens 26-18 LeedsGrace and Makinson score two tries each for SaintsFormer New Zealand international Zane Tetevano was sent off as Leeds relinquished their hold on the Betfred Challenge Cup despite a late rally by their 12…

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Widnes take shine off Gavin Henson’s league debut with Challenge Cup romp

West Wales 4-58 WidnesChampionship side run in 11 tries against League 1 hostsFor 15 minutes at least, Gavin Henson’s rugby league debut seemed to be going to plan. The 39-year-old has made a habit of writing his own script throughout his rugby career,…

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‘I’m absolutely loving it’: Gavin Henson relishes rugby league debut | Aaron Bower

The former union star on his league bow with West Wales Raiders against Widnes on Sunday and hopes for the sportAs sporting comebacks go, it is certainly out of the ordinary. Thirty?three caps for Wales, a British & Irish Lion, and one of the most …

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Luke Gale’s late drop goal grabs Challenge Cup for Leeds from Salford

Leeds 17-16 SalfordBoth sides deliver on a wonderful occasion at WembleyLuke Gale’s drop goal with four minutes remaining ensured Leeds Rhinos won the Challenge Cup for the first time in five years on Saturday, denying Salford a first title since 1938 …

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Challenge Cup final: Brown and Gale put friendship aside for Wembley showdown

The Salford and Leeds scrum-halves – and former England roommates – are both hoping to win the sport’s most prestigious competition for the first timeThey will be direct rivals in the most unique Challenge Cup final in rugby league history this weekend…

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Luke Gale blows Wigan away and guides Leeds into Challenge Cup final

Semi-final: Leeds 26-12 WiganCaptain puts on playmaking masterclass in the rainSummer is long gone and the cold, wet miserable October weather is here: you suspect there are few sides who enjoy that point quite as much as Leeds Rhinos. Maybe we should …

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Warrington edge out St Helens in Challenge Cup thriller

Quarter-final: Warrington 20-18 St HelensJosh Charnley double puts Wolves into semi-finalsWarrington kept their hopes of retaining the Challenge Cup alive after eliminating the Super League champions, St Helens, in a high-quality quarter-final. They al…

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Celebrating 40 years of professional rugby league in London

London Broncos are not nearly as popular as Fulham were in 1980 but their longevity should be applaudedBy Gavin Willacy for No Helmets RequiredLondon Broncos are celebrating their 40th birthday this week, making them old enough for a mid-life crisis. I…