Challenge Cup final: Team news, kick-off times & TV coverage

Will Pryce and Tommy Leuluai Challenge Cup final
Huddersfield's Will Pryce (left) and Wigan's Tommy Leuluai (right) could play in Challenge Cup final

Here is everything you need to know about the Challenge Cup final, including team news, kick-off times and television coverage.

Huddersfield v Wigan | Saturday | 3pm | BBC One

 

Wigan captain Tommy Leuluai has been named in Matt Peet’s squad despite missing the last six matches with a knee injury. Australian prop Kaide Ellis also returns for the Warriors. The pair replace youngsters Sam Halsall and Matty Nicholson in the 21-man squad.

Warriors hooker Sam Powell will serve the final game of his six-match suspension.

Huddersfield coach Ian Watson has named Will Pryce in his squad after the exciting teenager completed his 10-match ban.

However, France international Theo Fages has been ruled out of the game through injury.

Speaking at the Challenge Cup press conference on Monday, Watson confirmed that star forward Chris McQueen will play in the final after being ‘wrapped in cotton wool’.

Pryce and McQueen replace Jake Wardle and Sebastine Ikahihifo in Huddersfield’s squad.

Huddersfield: Pryce, McGillvary, Leutele, Golding, Lolohea, Hill, Levi, Lawrence, Jones, McQueen, Yates, English, Greenwood, Cogger, Trout, O’Brien, Wilson, Cudjoe, Russell, I Senior, Hewitt.

Wigan: French, Bibby, Thornley, Marshall, Cust, Leuluai, Singleton, Mago, Isa, Farrell, Bateman, Smithies, Ellis, Smith, Partington, Havard, Byrne, Shorrocks, Field, Miski, O’Neill.

Matt Peet expecting Wigan to face Will Pryce in Challenge Cup final

 

Wigan coach Matt Peet says he is expecting his side to face Huddersfield star Will Pryce in Saturday’s Challenge Cup final.

Peet said: “I do think Pryce will play. But you know whoever plays, they are all very good players.

“One thing about Huddersfield is that, regardless of who they have got in, they’re very well organised.

“They’re a well-drilled side who know the systems well. It would be pretty steady whoever they go with.

“It’s not a week where massive individuals matter, which is a big compliment to Ian and his team. We’ll concentrate on ourselves.”

Watson says he would not hesitate to play Pryce on Saturday if needed.

He said: “I’ve got no problems with throwing young Will in. He’s a great character and has a good head on his shoulders.

“If he has to come in and cover for someone he will do a real good job.

“He’s trained with us this morning and looked outstanding. He’s jumping and chomping at the bit to play.”

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