Challenge Cup sixth round: Squad news, kick-off times & what’s on TV

Challenge Cup at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium
Photo: Michael Zemanek / SWpix

Here is all the team news ahead of the Challenge Cup sixth round this weekend.

Wigan Warriors v Salford Red Devils – Friday | 7:35pm | Premier Sports 1

Ken Sio Salford

Salford winger Ken Sio has not been named in Paul Rowely’s Salford squad for their Challenge Cup tie against Wigan on Friday.

Sio, 31, left the field during the club’s 26-12 victory over Leeds at the AJ Bell Stadium. Rhinos forward Zane Tetevano was shown a yellow card for the dangerous tackle.

Back-rower Shane Wright also misses out. Rowley confirmed that the Australian is set to be sidelined for a “couple of months” with a hamstring injury.

Wigan have named an unchanged squad.

Wigan: Bibby, Hardaker, Marshall, Cust, Leuluai, Powell, Mago, Isa, Farrell, Bateman, Smithies, Partington, Havard, Byrne, Pearce-Paul, Shorrocks, Field, Miski, Halsall, O’Neill.

Salford: Brierley, Lafai, Burgess, Croft, Sneyd, Akauola, Ackers, Burke, Greenwood, Taylor, Addy, Vuniyayawa, Lannon, Atkin, Ormondroyd, Wells, Johnson, Williams, Costello, Cross, Gerrard.

Sheffield Eagles v Hull FC – Saturday | 2pm

Carlos Tuimavave Challenge Cup

Hull have made just one change to their squad with the return of centre Carlos Tuimavave. He replaces young hooker Denive Balmforth in the squad. Hull remain without Darnell McIntosh, Josh Reynolds, Joe Cator, Cameron Scott, and Scott Taylor.

Sheffield: Jones-Bishop, Bower, Oakes, I Farrell, Thackeray, Douglas, Dickinson, L Johnson, Farrell, Hodgson, Halafihi, Wood, Broadbent, Kirk, Reilly, Welham, Johnson, Chrimes, Wallis, Laulu-Togaga’e, Holmes.

Hull: Connor, Swift, Tuimavave, Griffin, Sao, Houghton, Satae, Savelio, Ma’u, Lane, Lovodua, Fash, McNamara, Brown, Johnstone, Bowden, Wynne, Vulikijapani, Burrell, Severs, Barron.

Whitehaven v St Helens – Saturday | 2pm | The Sportsman

Regan Grace
Regan Grace in action for St Helens

St Helens will get their defence of their Challenge Cup crown underway in Cumbria on Saturday.

Regan Grace has been named for the first time this season. He could make his return in St Helens’ trip to Cumbria on Saturday to face Whitehaven.

Meanwhile, the only change for Whitehaven sees Tom Walker replace Kieran Hudson- who is unable to play due to the terms of his loan agreement with Castleford.

Whitehaven: Doyle, Eccleston, Evans, Bulman, Dixon, Williams, McAvoy, Phillips, Walker, King, Cooper, Aiye, Holliday, Wilkinson, Dawson, Graham, Moore, Bradley, Martin, Bishop, Olstrom.

St Helens: Welsby, Makinson, Percival, Grace, Lomax, Dodd, Roby, Batchelor, Knowles, Lussick, McCarthy-Scarsbrook, Sironen, Paasi, Amor, Wingfield, Davies, Hurrell, Norman, Royle, Bennison, Baxter.

Hull Kingston Rovers v Leigh Centurions – Saturday | 3pm

Ben Crooks returns having featured for the club’s reserves against St Helens. Lachlan Coote misses out due to an ongoing injury.

Hull KR will also be without Tonga international prop Albert Vete for up to three weeks after suffering a calf injury in last week’s defeat at Catalans Dragons.

Hull KR: Crooks, Kenny-Dowall, Hall, Abdull, Parcell, King, Linnett, Storton, Litten, Sims, Minchella, Keinhorst, Dagger, Lewis, Milnes, Maher, Ryan, Wood, Richards, Garratt, Halton.

Leigh: Aekins, Hitchcox, Brand, Macdonald, Nisbet, Reynolds, Mellor, Sidlow, Smith, Wardle, Stone, Amone, Hingano, Chamberlain, Jones, Asiata, Roberts, Dixon, Ipape, Inu.

Catalans Dragons v Featherstone Rovers – Saturday | 3:30pm

Challenge Cup
Catalans lifted the Challenge Cup in 2018

The 2018 Challenge Cup winners will be without pair Mitchell Pearce and Jordan Dezaria due to suspensions. Dean Whare, Julian Bousquet, and Arthur Mourgue will miss the game through injury. Michael McIlorum also misses out. 

Catalans: Davies, Yaha, Drinkwater, Dudson, Whitley, McMeeken, Garcia, Da Costa, Jullien, Seguier, Goudemand, Laguerre, Romano, May, Le Cam, Napa, Rouge, Franco, Chan, Kasiano, Tomkins.

Featherstone: Pickersgill, Briscoe, Leilua, Hall, Gale, Chisholm, Jones, Lockwood, Ferres, Bussey, Wildie, Davies, Moors, Hellewell, Hardcastle, Field, Smith, Cooper, Trout, Cuthbertson, Jacks.

Leeds Rhinos v Castleford Tigers – Saturday | 4:40pm | BBC Two

Mikolaj Oledzki lifts Challenge Cup with Leeds in 2020

Jamie Jones-Buchanan has named his first squad as interim-head coach of Leeds. Matt Prior returns from suspension, while Zan Tetevano misses out as his two-match ban begins. David Fusitu’a has not been included. 

Adam Milner could make his first appearance of the season for Castleford. Liam Watts and Alex Sutcliffe are also in the running to be in the starting line-up after missing out last week. Niall Evalds and Nathan Massey could also return for the first time since their clash with Hull KR.

Leeds: Walker, Sutcliffe, Handley, Austin, Sezer, Oledzki, Leeming, Prior, Bentley, Martin, Dwyer, Mellor, Smith, Thompson, Briscoe, Gannon, Broadbent, O’Connor, Donaldson, Mustapha.

Castleford: Evalds, Olpherts, Turner, Mamo, Faraimo, Trueman, Watts, McShane, Lawler, Edwards, Milner, Westerman, Massey, Griffin, Fonua, Hepi, Sutcliffe, Smith, Eden, Matagi, O’Brien.

Warrington Wolves v Wakefield Trinity – Sunday | 2pm | Premier Sports 1

Billy Magoulias

Greece international Billy Magoulias will make his Warrington debut in Saturday’s sixth round tie against Wakefield. However, the Wolves will be without full-back Stefan Ratchford for up to four weeks with a shoulder injury.

Wakefield coach Willie Poching has made two changes to his side that won at Warrington in Super League last week. Max Jowitt and Lewis Murphy replace Tom Johnstone and Jack Croft.

Warrington: Ashton, Charnley, D Clark, J Clark, Cooper, Currie, Davis, Dean, Holmes, King, Longstaff, Magoulias, Mata’utia, Mulhern, Philbin, Robson, Thewlis, Walker, Gareth, Williams, Wrench.

Wakefield: Jowitt, Lyne, Miller, Lino, Battye Hood, Arona, Ashurst, Tanginoa, Pitts, Crowther, Whitbread, Batchelor, Kay, Walker, Aydin, Adebiyi, Bowes, Murphy, Hall, Fifita.

Barrow Raiders v Huddersfield Giants – Sunday | 4:30pm | BBC Two

Jermaine McGillvary

Huddersfield hooker George Roby is named in the Huddersfield squad for the first time in 2022. England winger Jermaine McGillvary, who spent time on loan with Barrow in 2010, has been named in the Huddersfield side that will travel up to Cumbria.

Barrow: TBA

Huddersfield: McGillvary, Leutele, Golding, Lolohea, Levi, Lawrence, Yates, English, Greenwood, Trout, Ikahihifo, O’Brien, Wilson, Cudjoe, L Senior, Russell, I Senior, Mason, Ashworth, Hewitt, Roby.

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  1. Just a shame. People like me who have played and followed the game all their life can only watch it on terrestrial TV..not a working class game we love any more.. I will miss nearly all games including my beloved Whitehaven… Bloody disgrace…

    • That’s how it is, unfortunately. It isn’t much different to a lot of sports. It can be disappointing but at least there are two live games on BBC. If you are able to somehow access Freesports, there is also a rerun of the Warrington/Wakefield game (from Sunday on Premier) on Monday or Tuesday.
      There are many football supporters who never get to see their teams unless they have Sky/BT and, for example, someone I know was really looking forward to the F1 but doesn’t have Sky so just can’t watch it.
      The sports rely on the broadcasting money but I think they should make more effort to show more to a wider audience – I don’t understand why it wouldn’t be beneficial to them.

      They can show it “for free” to a wider audience, get advertising money from the broadcast, and showcase the game. Otherwise you just lock your game away and it remains with the same old audience.
      Especially now, I don’t understand why it can’t happen.
      We have seen that broadcasting a game from afar works. The commentary team and presenters don’t have to be at the ground to do their job.
      Basically every team at a professional level has their own media production teams which should be capable of providing a presentable boeadcast of the game to show “for free”.
      An awful lot of sport goes without being broadcast (except highlights) because of companies holding the rights and it is all to the detriment of the supporters and the game.
      We have seen with the Super League show (bearing in mind there is a much smaller budget for rugby league than football) that all games, even those not being boeadcast live, are being recorded to a high enough standard to broadcast.

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