Leeds Rhinos have unveiled a limited edition kit that they will wear for the Challenge Cup final at Wembley, as they look to retain the trophy they won a year ago.
This year’s Wembley showcase on Saturday 29th August is almost 120 years to the day since the meeting at the George Hotel in Huddersfield that signaled the formation of Rugby League and Leeds will revert back to their traditional colours for the day.
Leeds wore a white kit when they first lifted the Challenge Cup back in 1910 and 105 years later, they will once again wear white on the biggest day of the year whilst incorporating the club’s famous blue and amber bands in the design.
The Rhinos beat St Helens 24-14 to reach their fifth Challenge Cup final in six years.
Leeds Rhinos take on St Helens tonight in the Challenge Cup Semi Finals.
Rhinos head coach Brian McDermott says winning it last year has made his side hungry as ever:
Hull Kingston Rovers head coach Chris Chester has called on a club legend from the past to help inspire his team ahead of their Challenge Cup quarter final against Catalans tonight.
Earlier this week Chester invited former player Mike Smith to talk to his players about the 1980 Challenge Cup final, in which Rovers beat their bitter rivals Hull FC at Wembley. Chris Dawkes has the story
Leeds Rhinos were held for much of their Challenge Cup game by a strong defensive performance by Leigh Centurions.
The visitors went 12-6 up but Rhinos levelled the scores before halftime.
It stayed 12-12 until the seventy-second minute when Robbie Ward broke through the Centurions' ranks.
Rhinos pushed on and a Kevin Sinfield drop goal as well as a converted Zak Hardaker try finished the Championship leaders off.
The game at Headlingley finished 25-12 sending Leeds Rhinos through to the semi-final of the Challenge Cup.
It's the 5th round of rugby league's Challenge Cup this weekend.
The trophy has been on tour and it paid a visit to Castleford earlier this week.
Former teammates Mark Aston, coach of the Sheffield Eagles, and Daryl Powell, the Castleford coach, who both won the trophy as players with Sheffield in 1998, will do battle on Sunday for a place in the quarter finals.
Hull FC take a walkabout at Wembley later ahead of their historic Challenge Cup final against the Wigan Warriors. Hundreds of fans saw them set of from the KC stadium yesterday.
On Sunday evening at the John Smiths Stadium in Huddersfield, Hull FC take on Warrington Wolves in the semi-final of the Tetley's Challenge Cup. The prize for the winners is a place in the final at Wembley. Chris Dawkes looks ahead to the big game.