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Tupou extends Wildcats contract

Wakefield Trinity Wildcats centre Bill Tupou has signed a 2 year contract extension at Belle Vue to stay at the club until 2018.

The 25 year old has only made three appearances for the Wildcats this season after suffering with an ankle injury, although he is expected to return over the next couple of weeks.

He joined the Wildcats in June 2015 from NRL side Canberra Raiders on a deal until the end of the 2015 season. However after impressing then head coach Brian Smith and chairman Michael Carter, he signed a new one year deal.

The centre has become the third player to have signed a contract extension in the past two weeks under Head Coach, Chris Chester, following in the footsteps of Chris Annakin and Mika Simon.

Bill Tupou. Credit: Brett Crockford/AAP/PA Images

“I am very happy, it was a very easy decision for me and my partner. I came here around June last year and everything just clicked from there.

“Chezza (Chris Chester) is a good coach, he has brought the team together and by the looks of it everyone wants to stay because of him, everyone is performing because of Chezza. I don’t think I have played for him yet with my injury but he has seen a few of my games and he wants me to stay on. It is very pleasing for me and my partner and I am looking forward to staying on for the next few years.”

– Bill Tupou

“I am delighted that Bill has put pen to paper, he’s an important part of our team and I am looking forward to see him return to action in the next week or so. “Once again this shows us how important it is for us to keep all of our best players to move forward as a club; Bill will play a big part in this team over the next couple of years."

– Chris Chester


Max hopes to make a big splash in Rio

It's just over 100 days until the start of the Olympic Games and four athletes from our region have had their seats confirmed on the plane to Rio.

Max Litchfield and Ellie Faulkner from Sheffield, Georgia Coates from Leeds and Mansfield's Molly Renshaw are part of a 26 strong swimming squad hoping to make a big splash next summer.

Max qualified for the Olympics with a stunning performance at the British Championships last week and Chris Dawkes has been to Ponds Forge in Sheffield to meet him.


Leeds Rhinos draw Huddersfield Giants in Challenge Cup sixth round

Leeds Rhinos' Tom Briscoe, head coach Brian McDermott and Kevin Sinfield after last year's final win Credit: PA

Holders Leeds Rhinos will meet Huddersfield Giants in the sixth round of the Challenge Cup.

Wakefield Wildcats will host French side Toulouse, the lowest-ranked team left in the draw, while Championship club Dewsbury welcome 19-time winners Wigan.

Batley Bulldogs will play Catalans Dragons at the Fox's Biscuits Stadium.

All ties will be played from May 6 to 8.

The draw in full:

Castleford v Salford

Oldham v Warrington

Dewsbury v Wigan

Batley v Catalans

Halifax v Widnes

St Helens v Hull FC

Huddersfield v Leeds

Wakefield v Toulouse

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