Challenge Cup final: Meet Leeds Rhinos

Leeds players celebrate

Challenge Cup final: Leeds v Warrington

Venue:
Wembley
Date:
Saturday, 25 August
Kick-off:
14:30 BST
Coverage:
BBC One, BBC HD and online: 14:00-17:00 BST; BBC Radio 5 live: 14:30-17:00 BST; BBC local radio

Leeds Rhinos face Warrington Wolves in the Challenge Cup final on Saturday, looking for their first win in the competition since 1999.

Forward Jamie Jones-Buchanan, who is a four-time final runner-up, is hoping his team go one better this year.

With a bit of help from Rhinos half-back Rob Burrow, he talks BBC Sport through the players looking to make it third time lucky for the 2010 and 2011 losing finalists.

Leeds Rhinos - 2012 Challenge Cup final squad

Jamie Jones-Buchanan

Jamie Jones-Buchanan (by Rob Burrow)

Position: Prop

An absolute warrior of a player who always works himself to a standstill every game. A vital part of what the club do both on and off the pitch. The most consistent player in the team who always plays great in big games. Constantly changes appearance to keep the CIA off his tracks.

Brent Webb is ruled out for eight weeks

Brent Webb

Position: Full back

A metaphysical enigma is the best way to describe Webby.

It is not easy being Superman. He has been a star of the Rhinos.

Ben Jones-Bishop

Ben Jones-Bishop

Position: Wing

To win trophies you have to be able to finish those chances that are 70/30 against, and Ben does that regularly for us and this was typified in his semi-final performance. The best thing is, some people hear his name and think it's me scoring all those tries.

Carl Ablett

Carl Ablett

Position: Second row

The one thing I hate more than losing is scoring less tries than Carl Ablett. He's way ahead of me at the minute mainly because he's the size of a forward with the skills of a half-back. Unfortunately for him, he's ahead of me in the hair loss department too.

Zak Hardaker

Zak Hardaker

Position: Centre

The "holographic snake" - Zak is one of the most slippery, elusive outside backs I've ever seen. Arguably the best young signing Leeds have made in years, but if you miss the sight of him coming, you won't miss the smell of his feet.

Kallum Watkins

Kallum Watkins

Position: Centre

Maybe the most entertaining player on the team, class footwork, speed to burn and a shoulder to stop the biggest of forwards. He's very proud of being from "manchestoh".

Ryan Hall

Ryan Hall

Position: Wing

Simply the world's best and most intelligent winger. On our recent Catalan trip he either made whoopi cushion noises at the side of the pool with his wet back or was on the foyer piano playing Beethoven's 5th - flawlessly.

Rob Burrow

Rob Burrow

Position: Scrum-half

Just like McGuire he's been a gem for the modern game, a real match-winner. He's the hero of most finals and was massive in last year's Grand Final. One worry though; if your nose and ears never stop growing, what's he going to look like at 55?

Kylie Leuluai

Kylie Leuluai

Shaun Lunt

Position: Prop

Simply the hulk. The strongest player I've played with by a long shot.

Loves to take us forward almost as much as he loves a win bonus.

Shaun Lunt

Position: Hooker

Another big addition to us this year.

His work out of dummy-half is outshone only by his joke shop teeth.

Jamie Peacock

Jamie Peacock

Position: Prop

Although very different, JP is one of my life inspirers. He's real steel exemplified by a recent film of the same name starring a heroic robot called "Atom" who, like JP, is old and grey but simply indestructible.

Stevie Ward

Stevie Ward

Position: Loose forward

Backed to be the new Kevin Sinfield.

And with the way he's been playing, it looks like a valid prophecy.

Brett Delaney

Brett Delaney

Position: Second row

More Australian than an advert for a certain brand of lager but a bigger desire to be English than Mohamed Al-Fayed. He's a big worker and it's an honour to play with him.

Kevin Sinfield

Kevin Sinfield

Position: Stand off

A life-long friend and inspiration - I can't imagine there being a finer leader in any other sport, ever. His reaction to banter is disproportionate "shock and awe" so I will simply say he's been a bigger influence in our recent success than anyone will ever know.

Ian Kirke

Ian Kirke

Position: Prop

Viking of a bloke and diet guru. Knows almost everything there is to know about the ideal dietary requirements of a human being. His formidable approach on the pitch is as solid as his powerclean.

Ryan Bailey

Ryan Bailey

Position: Prop

Ryan does what he wants apparently and he is in the form of his life in my opinion at the moment. A giant of a player whose reputation goes before him.

Darrell Griffin

Darrell Griffin

Position: Prop

A very strong running forward - Darrell has been a big addition for us this year since arriving from Huddersfield last season. He could talk a glass eye to sleep though.

Richard Moore

Richard Moore

Position: Prop

The offload king, Richie is a player who can change a game with the way he runs and offloads, I know from many years of previewing him when he was on the other side.

Weller Hauraki

Weller Hauraki

Position: Prop

The better looking and stronger version of me by all accounts.

Weller is a great lad who keeps me working hard.

Chris Clarkson

Chris Clarkson

Position: Second row

Known as the sloth from the Ice Age films. He's another hard worker and a product of our youth system. Has got a big career ahead of him if he keeps improving.

Danny McGuire

Danny McGuire (Injured)

Position: Scrum-half

The most talented all-round sportsman I have met. He's a big game winner and can change a game in the blink of an eye. I'm gutted he won't make the final for a million reasons.

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