Hull KR star George King hoping third time’s a charm at Wembley: ‘I’ve come out a loser twice, I want to change that’

Drew Darbyshire
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George King in action for Hull KR

Hull KR forward George King has played in the Challenge Cup final twice before – but he’s determined to make it a different outcome this weekend.

The Ireland captain has played at Wembley on two previous occasions: both with Warrington Wolves. Unfortunately for King, he was on the losing side both times in 2016 and 2018.

That’s something he is keen to put right this weekend when his Hull KR side go up against Leigh Leopards at Wembley.

“I’ve been down there on two occasions and come out as a loser on two occasions, so I want that to change,” King told Love Rugby League.

“I can only do that if we put in a performance individually and as a team, do the right things and hopefully if we work hard for each other and do the little things, that we come out on top.

“It will be even more special this time because KR have not had rich history at Wembley.

“They’ve only won on one occasion, they’ve lost many finals but that needs to change this week. Walking out is going to be a really special moment and one I’ll certainly cherish.”

From battle of the Kings to brotherly love under the Wembley arch

George came up against younger brother Toby in the semi-final, with the Robins claiming an 11-10 golden point victory against Wigan.

It was a nerve-wracking time for the King family in the semi-final, with one son reaching the final, and the other falling short at the final hurdle.

But Toby will make the trip to the capital to watch and support his brother George on Saturday in what will be a nice moment for the family.

“It was a tough semi-final, it was a huge effort from everybody involved,” George said.

“Obviously it was a huge build-up week, obviously playing against my brother and against a good Wigan side.

“There were a lot of emotions during the week and even after the game but he took it well, one us had to and one of us managed to get to Wembley.

“He’s still coming down, we are fully supportive of each other but, as a team, it’s been a terrific last few weeks.

“My older brother lives down in London, so Toby’s going to go visit him for a few days.

“We don’t manage to meet up a lot because our older brother lives so far away, so he’ll enjoy himself and hopefully we can do the King family proud.”

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