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

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Photo: Allan McKenzie/SWpix

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

Wigan v St Helens | Saturday | 2:30pm | BBC One

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Jonny Lomax in action for St Helens | Photo: Allan McKenzie/SWpix

Wigan coach Matt Peet has named an unchanged squad to the one that beat Warrington in Super League last week. Tommy Leuluai and Kai Pearce-Paul remain sidelined, whilst Sam Powell will serve the third of his six-match suspension.

England international Jonny Lomax has been included in the Saints squad despite leaving the field early in last Friday’s win over Salford. Welsh speedster Regan Grace also comes into the squad in for the injured Will Hopoate. A late decision will be made on Lomax and Grace ahead of Saturday’s semi-final clash.

Curtis Sironen and Konrad Hurrell also return for Saints are serving their suspensions. Young forward Jake Wingfield has recovered from a shoulder injury he picked up two weeks ago.

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

St Helens: Welsby, Makinson, Percival, Grace, Lomax, Walmsley, Roby, Lees, Mata’utia, Batchelor, Knowles, Lussick, McCarthy-Scarsbrook, Sironen, Paasi, Amor, Wingfield, Simm, Davies, Hurrell, Norman.

Huddersfield v Hull KR | Saturday | 5pm | BBC Two

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Hull KR will be without star full-back Lachlan Coote

The Giants are looking to reach the Challenge Cup final for the first time in 13 years.

Huddersfield coach Ian Watson is set to bring back the big guns for Saturday. Jermaine McGillvary, Tui Lolohea, Chris Hill, Adam O’Brien and Seb Ikahihifo will all return to action.

Hull KR coach Tony Smith has been forced to make three changes to his squad. The Robins will be without Lachlan Coote (HIA), Sam Wood (knee) and Albert Vete (two-match ban) for Saturday’s Challenge Cup semi-final at Elland Road.

However, Hull KR are boosted by the returns of Kane Linnett and Luis Johnson. Will Dagger is expected to fill the void left by Coote.

Huddersfield: McGillvary, Wardle, Leutele, Golding, Lolohea, Fages, Hill, Levi, Lawrence, Jones, McQueen, Yates, Greenwood, Trout, Ikahihifo, O’Brien, Wilson, Cudjoe, Russell, I Senior, Ashworth.

Hull KR: Crooks, Takairangi, Kenny-Dowall, Hall, Abdull, Parcell, King, Hadley, Linnett, Storton, Litten, Johnson, Sims, Minchella, Keinhorst, Dagger, Milnes, Maher, Ryan, Richards, Tate.

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