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Challenge Cup Final LIVE on Eurosport Australia

For Hull FC’s Australian five-eighth Daniel Holdsworth, Sunday’s Tetley’s Challenge Cup Final against Wigan Warriors will be career defining.
Challenge Cup Final LIVE on Eurosport Australia
by rleague.com

For Hull FC’s Australian five-eighth Daniel Holdsworth, Sunday’s Tetley’s Challenge Cup Final against Wigan Warriors will be career defining.

The 29-year-old former Canterbury Bulldogs star was brilliant in his side’s dramatic semi-final victory over Warrington Wolves, and with his date with destiny just days away, Holdsworth said he was keen to make the most of his final debut.

“Playing in the Challenge Cup final at Wembley Stadium will be the biggest game of my career without a doubt,” Holdsworth said.

“I’ve never played in a final before and that was one of the attractions of coming to Hull last season. We had a very close game in the semi-finals against Warrington and we weathered a bit of a storm.

“It was a gutsy performance for us, and we know we’ll be looking at another very close game at Wembley and we’ll have to put in a huge 80 minutes.”

Holdsworth will join a host of ex-NRL players in the Wembley showpiece as Hull and Wigan do battle for one of the most historic and prestigious trophies in league.

Playing alongside Holdsworth will be former Wests Tigers duo Gareth Ellis and Jacob Miller, while ex-Cronulla half Blake Green and veteran Eels and Tigers winger Pat Richards will line up for Wigan.

The 31-year-old Richards, who scored two tries and kicked 11 goals for a stunning 30-point haul in Wigan’s semi-final victory over the London Broncos, will be chasing his own fairy tale ending having announced his exit from Wigan at season’s end.

Richards has played 218 games for Wigan in eight seasons, winning the 2010 Challenge Cup and amassing over 2420 points in that time. He will return to Australia to reunite with his former club the Wests Tigers.

"This will be my last Challenge Cup final so I am just looking forward to enjoying the week and enjoy the occasion,” Richards said.

"I came over here at the age of 23 and I was only planning to stay for two seasons but its eight now. I have enjoyed every minute of it and I have the best memories.

"I am looking forward to getting on the pitch and enjoying the atmosphere. I know I have a big job to do with the extra responsibility of goal kicking but that's my job.”

Eurosport’s LIVE coverage of the Tetley’s Challenge Cup Final starts at 12am on Sunday 25/8 (ie. midnight Saturday 24/8) with replays at 11am and 7.15pm.

Fast Facts:

* Hull Football Club have won three Challenge Cup titles, but never at Wembley Stadium

* Wigan Warriors have won a record 18 Challenge Cup titles, including two against Hull FC

* If Wigan are victorious, they’ll become the first town to achieve Challenge Cup and FA Cup success in the same year

For up to date information about Eurosport’s coverage of the 2013 Challenge Cup Final go to our website at http://au.eurosport.com




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