What’s on site
The squads have been announced for the Challenge Cup final this weekend, with Theo Fages and Matty Lees in for St Helens and 12 returnees for Castleford.
Hull KR’s Mikey Lewis has returned to York on loan in time for Saturday’s 1895 Cup final.
Warrington have handed new deals to six youngsters, including Josh Thewlis and Connor Wrench.
Hull KR have signed Dewsbury prop Tom Garratt on a two-year deal from 2022.
What’s on social
Cup final feels.
— Love Rugby League (@loverugbyleague) July 15, 2021
🏆 It's looking good… we'll confirm in the morning.
— Featherstone Rovers (@FevRoversRLFC) July 15, 2021
There’s no stopping him!
Kammy knows where it’s at.
UP THE TRIN🙌
Love it, Kammy👏 https://t.co/VRgrsCen3F
— Wakefield Trinity (@WTrinityRL) July 9, 2021
We shouldn’t lose touch with our heritage.
This has been a great series on English rl. Well worth a listen. https://t.co/d5zYJ5OGmo
— RichdelaRiviere (@RichdelaRiviere) June 28, 2021
What’s in the papers
Wigan coach Adrian Lam has questioned the number of stoppages in Super League games for apparent injuries. He told Wigan Today: “I understand we want to protect our players and we’re all for that – but I felt during the whole year, not only at the weekend, some teams are taking advantage of that. I’m nervous as a coach where the game is going in this area.”
Niall Evalds is hoping to make it third time lucky, following Grand Final and Challenge Cup final defeats with Salford in recent years, when he lines up for Castleford at Wembley. He told the Yorkshire Post: “Last year, it was a weird occasion with a massive stadium like Wembley and just about 20 people in there. It was strange. You don’t quite get that big-game feel the same.”
St Helens powerhouse Apollo Perelini celebrates his 53rd birthday today (July 15).
Also celebrating: Australia winger Wendell Sailor (48); Thomas and Macgraff’s uncle Phillip Leuluai (45); Hull favourite and current Doncaster coach Richard Horne (40); controversial winger Justin Carney (34); Hull winger Bureta Faraimo (32); the man who took Hull to the Super League Grand Final in 2006 Peter Sharp (68)
What’s on TV/radio
9am – Live NRL: Gold Coast Titans v Parramatta Eels – Watch NRL
11am – Live NRL: Manly Sea Eagles v St George-Illawarra Dragons – Sky Sports Arena / Watch NRL
6.15pm – Live Super League: Catalans v Leeds – Sky Sports Arena
Only two players in the Challenge Cup final squads have won the trophy before – James Roby and Liam Watts.