RL Today: Wigan borough enjoys cup double & Austin, Cooper future latest

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Wigan and Leigh enjoy cup success Credit: PA Images
Wigan and Leigh enjoy cup success Credit: PA Images

Cup homecoming for Wigan

Wigan won their 20th Challenge Cup on Saturday as they beat Huddersfield 16-14 at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.

Warriors coach Matt Peet landed his first major trophy at the first time of asking. They were warmly welcomed back to Wigan in a homecoming last night!

Leigh celebrate 1895 Cup triumph

Leigh won the battle of the Championship heavyweights as they defeated rivals Featherstone 30-16 in the 1895 Cup final at Spurs on Saturday.

The Centurions partied long into the night with their fans in Leigh!

Austin eyes Leeds stay

Leeds half-back Blake Austin is out of contract at the end of the season but he says he hopes to stay at Headingley beyond this year. (Leeds Live)

Austin told Leeds Live: “I’m not looking to go anywhere else and I hope I can stay, for sure.”

Toulouse injury blow

Toulouse hooker Lloyd White has been ruled out for the rest of the season with a back injury. (League Express)

The 33-year-old is unlikely to play in the World Cup at the end of the year. He had switched allegiance from birth country Wales to Jamaica because he wanted to represent his father’s side of the family.

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Jamaica star departs League 1 club

Jamaica flier Aaron Jones-Bishop has left League 1 club Hunslet with immediate effect.

The 32-year-old has found chances hard to come by in Alan Kilshaw’s side this season and is seeking regular rugby ahead of this autumn’s World Cup.

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Cooper future

Warrington coach Daryl Powell has refused to be drawn on speculation linking long-serving prop Mike Cooper with a move away from the club. (Warrington Guardian)

The 33-year-old is out of contract with his hometown club at the end of the season. He has been linked with a move to Huddersfield.

Powell told Warrington Guardian: “I think for Mike, he wants to win a competition with Warrington. As far away as it looks at the moment, we’ve still got an opportunity to do that this year. At this point though, I won’t speculate on Mike’s future.”

Warrington have signed front-row duo Gil Dudson and Sam Kasiano from next year. The Wolves have also made the immediate signings of Kyle Amor (St Helens) and Thomas Mikaele.

Birthdays

Great Britain and Wigan legend Andy Farrell turns 47 today (May 30).

Also celebrating; Cook Islands coach Tony Iro (55), 1999 Man of Steel Adrian Vowles (51), ex-Warrington winger Henry Fa’afili (42), Tonga international Sitili Tupouniua (25) and Huddersfield twins Innes and Louis Senior (22).

Trivia

Wigan extended their record of most Challenge Cups in the game on Saturday. The Warriors have won 20 in total.

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