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Rovers make up for league humiliation with dramatic Challenge Cup win

Hull KR turned the tables in sensational fashion to knock Wigan out of the Ladbrokes Challenge Cup with a nail-biting 16-12 victory.

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Just a fortnight after suffering a 60-0 humiliation in Super League, Rovers exacted sweet revenge in a rousing sixth-round tie at Leigh Sports Village.

Despite an error-strewn performance, the Warriors were on course for a record-extending 20th trophy when leading 12-10 with eight minutes to go.

However, Hull KR centre Ken Sio pounced on the latest of a series of handling errors, this time from England international Dan Sarginson, to go over for the match-winning try.

Former Bulls coach wins wrongful dismissal case

Former Bradford Bulls head coach Francis Cummins has won his case for wrongful dismissal against his old club.

Francis Cummings has won his case for wrongful dismissal against Bradford Bulls Credit: Press Association

The 38-year-old former Leeds and Great Britain winger was in charge of the Bulls from September 2012 to June 2014 when he was sacked by the current administration with the team in danger of relegation from Super League.

Cummins had 18 months left on his three-year contract and took his case to the Leeds County Court, which delivered its verdict after a two-day hearing.

Cramer's Leeds-based lawyer Richard Cramer told Press Association Sport: "Francis has won his case. This brings to an end two difficult years for him.

"Damages are to be assessed at a later date but Bradford have been ordered to pay £20,000 in costs on account."

Former Labour MP and Sports Minister Gerry Sutcliffe, a one-time club director, and former owner of the Bulls, Omar Khan, gave evidence on Cummins' behalf.

Bulls land Featherstone's Mendeika

Bradford have signed Ireland international James Mendeika from Championship rivals Featherstone.

Bradford have signed Ireland international James Mendeika from Championship rivals Featherstone. Credit: Bradford Bulls

The 23-year-old former Warrington and London Broncos utility back, who appeared in all of Ireland's group games against Australia, Fiji and England in the 2013 World Cup, has joined the Bulls with immediate effect on a deal that takes him through to the end of the 2017 season.

"It is great to be back within a full-time environment and I am looking forward to repaying the faith the club has shown in me," said Mendeika.

Bradford coach James Lowes, who coached Mendeika during his time in charge of Warrington, said: "James is a very talented, up-and-coming player and we are pleased to have secured his services.

"Injuries have set him back a little over the past couple of years but he has a long career ahead and he is certainly looking to make a name for himself here."


Wales to play Keighley in fundraiser for Danny Jones' family

Wales are to play Keighley in a fund-raising match for the family of Danny Jones.

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John Kear, the Wales head coach, says there has been a "tremendous response" to the concept and that his players have all offered to play without pay.

The match, which still needs ratification from the authorities, will take place at Cougar Park on Sunday, October 25, with funds raised going to the children of Keighley and Wales stand-off Jones, who died 10 days ago of a rare heart condition after collapsing during a League 1 match at London Skolars.

Lizzie Jones with her two twins, Phoebe and Bobby Credit: Keighley Cougars

A Just Giving fund set up by the Rugby Football League has so far raised in excess of £124,000, which at the request of Jones' widow Lizzie will go into a trust fund for their five-month-old twins.

Keighley chairman Gary Fawcett says fund-raising will continue to the end of the year in a bid to reach £1million and Kear has confirmed that his Welsh team are keen to play their part.

Jones won the last of his 12 Welsh caps in their final match of the 2013 World Cup, having declined to play in last year's European Cup because his wife was heavily pregnant with the twins.

Funeral of Danny Jones to take place next week

The funeral of Keighley Cougars ace Danny Jones will take place next week, it has been announced.

It will take place on Friday May 22 at St Mary's Church in Halifax.

The wake will follow at Brighouse Rangers ARLFC in Halifax. It will be a celebration of Danny's life, according to his wife Lizzie.

We want people to come in their rugby jerseys and wear bright colours to remember his wonderful fun personality.

– Lizzie Jones

Trust fund to be set up for Danny Jones' twins

The wife of Keighley Cougars ace Danny Jones, who died from a heart attack, has requested that all monies raised for the family are put into a special trust fund for their five-month-old twins.

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Lizzie Jones wants to help protect Phoebe and Bobby's future using Danny's legacy.

We are totally overwhelmed by ordinary people's generosity in supporting us.

These are the most difficult times and our family find great comfort from our wider Rugby League family. Danny loved playing Rugby League. Keighley Cougars have been fantastic and we are grateful for the Rugby League support which we have received from around the world. Thank you all very much.

– Lizzie Jones

The Just Giving account set up by the RFL Benevolent Fund on behalf of Danny’s family has already raised over £113,000.

Earlier today the club said that it would honour the player's contract with all the money going to the family.

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