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Walmsley pinching himself as Test debut beckons

BARELY five years ago, just getting a trial with Batley Bulldogs was “unbelievable” for Alex Walmsley, an amateur rugby league player whose main aim was to finish his studies and get a job as a quantity surveyor.

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Hull's Mark Minichiello and Steve Michaels celebrate at Wembley last season.

Challenge Cup draw: Holders Hull FC face French test

HOLDERS HULL will have an opportunity to right some wrongs when they play host to Catalans Dragons in the sixth round of the Challenge Cup.

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Kallum Watkins scores a try for Leeds Rhinos against Wigan Warriors last month.

Watkins intent on showing his class in an England shirt

ROOKIE forward Mike McMeeken’s Test selection has been welcomed by England veteran Kallum Watkins.

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Leeds Rhinos' Ryan Hall

Magnificent seven from Yorkshire clubs to face Samoa in RL Test

TWO LEEDS Rhinos players, three from Castleford Tigers and one each from Huddersfield Giants and Hull FC have been named in the England squad for next month’s one-off Test in Sydney.

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Jack Walker

Teenager Walker savours his debut hat-trick for Rhinos

A HAT-TRICK of tries on his Leeds Rhinos debut capped a remarkable comeback from injury by teenager Jack Walker.

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Ian Hardman

Featherstone Rovers 30 Oldham 4: Rampant Featherstone cut loose to knock Oldham out of the Cup

THREE tries in a devastating nine-minute second-half spell saw Featherstone reach the sixth round by beating Oldham in the Ladbrokes Challenge Cup for the first time.

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Lee Radford

Radford proud as side produce ‘worthy’ display

HULL COACH Lee Radford was full of pride after his 12-man Hull side stunned Super League leaders Castleford Tigers.

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Josh Gudzek scores for Dewsbury.

Dewsbury Rams 23 Batley Bulldogs 22: Golden Rams complete a quick derby double

Lewis Fairhurst was the toast of Dewsbury after his dramatic golden point drop goal saw the Rams secure victory over Batley Bulldogs in the Ladbrokes Challenge Cup.

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Hull's Mahe Fonua scores his second try.

Hull FC 26 Castleford Tigers 24: Twelve-man Hull dig deep to fend off leaders Castleford

HALTING CASTLEFORD Tigers’ formidable attacking machine has proved a tall order for most teams this year, but having to do it with 12 men would seem an impossible task.

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Rick Stone

Huddersfield Giants 24 Swinton Lions 28: Duffy thanks medics as Swinton pull-off stunning upset at Giants

John Duffy paid huge tribute to his players and medical staff after his injury-riddled Swinton Lions became the second Championship side to knock Super League opposition out of the Ladbrokes Challenge Cup this weekend.

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Whitehaven 12 Halifax 36: Six-try Halifax canter past hosts Whitehaven

Halifax eased into the sixth round of the Challenge Cup with a comprehensive 36-12 win over Whitehaven at a sun-soaked Recreation Ground.

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Wakefield's Mason Caton-Brown, left and Reece Lyne.

Wolves defeat tough to take says Trinity coach Chester

WEARY WAKEFIELD Trinity emerged from Super League’s toughest Easter schedule with no points, but some credit.

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Tim Sheens

Leigh Centurions 10 Hull Kingston Rovers 23: Coach Sheens happy as Robins down Leigh

Hull KR coach Tim Sheens was pleased with his side’s performance as the Championship leaders knocked Super League Leigh out of the Ladbrokes Challenge Cup.

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Huddersfield's Oliver Roberts's try looked to have won the game, before Luke Waterworth's strike. Picture: Allan McKenzie/

Huddersfield Giants 24 Swinton Lions 28: Giants felled by late Waterworth strike

A LUKE WATERWORTH try five minutes from time helped Championship strugglers Swinton Lions cause a Ladbrokes Challenge Cup shock in a 28-24 win over Huddersfield at the John Smith’s Stadium.

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OPENING SALVO: Hull's Scott Taylor gets away from Castleford's Zak Hardaker to score the opening try. Picture: Jonathan Gawthorpe

Hull FC 26 Castleford Tigers 24: Sensational Airlie Birds work hard to stop Cas pulling clear

A DISASTROUS start condemned Castleford Tigers to a second successive defeat as the Super League leaders went down 26-24 in a pulsating game at Hull.

Wakefield Trinity's Max Jowitt made his first appearance of the season

Warrington Wolves 22 Wakefield Trinity 20 - Late, late blow leaves Trinity with nothing

WAKEFIELD TRINITY suffered last-gasp hearbreak when Tom Lineham’s try two minutes from time secured victory for hosts Warrington Wolves.

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Rick Stone: Has urged his Huddersfield Giants charges to make their own luck.

Challenge Cup run can help turn around fortunes of the Huddersfield Giants

NOT much has gone right for Huddersfield Giants this season, but coach Rick Stone is confident that will change and he has urged his players to make their own luck.

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Hull FC v Castleford Tigers: Andy Lynch will take his time over decision on future

VETERAN Castleford Tigers prop Andy Lynch says he will not make any “rash” decision about his playing future.

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Seventeen-year-old Jack Walker delighted after his hat-trick debut for Leeds Rhinos (Picture: Steve Riding).

Leeds Rhinos 64 Doncaster 28: Teenager Walker scores debut hat-trick for Leeds

TEENAGE full-back Jack Walker enjoyed a debut to remember as Leeds Rhinos cruised past gutsy Doncaster in the Ladbrokes Challenge Cup last night.

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Warrington Wolves v Wakefield Trinity: Trinity must now find a cutting edge – Jacob Miller

WAKEFIELD Trinity half-back Jacob Miller accepts his side must improve their clinical touch if they are to gain any rewards at resurgent Warrington Wolves.

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