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Leeds coach James Simpson took up wheelchair rugby league after dropping each legs on navy service in Afghanistan; he led the Rhinos to a few Problem Cup wins as a participant and two Tremendous League titles; watch Sunday’s last dwell on Sky Sports activities Area from 5pm (5.30pm begin)

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Leeds Rhinos’ head coach James Simpson says the historic Tremendous League rivalry between his staff and the Wigan Warriors will feed into Sunday’s Wheelchair Tremendous League Grand Last

Leeds Rhinos’ head coach James Simpson says the historic Tremendous League rivalry between his staff and the Wigan Warriors will feed into Sunday’s Wheelchair Tremendous League Grand Last

Leeds Rhinos head coach James Simpson says his staff’s historic rivalry with Wigan Warriors will feed into Sunday’s Wheelchair Tremendous League Grand Last between the groups.

Simpson, who took up wheelchair rugby league after dropping each legs on navy service in Afghanistan, led the Rhinos to three-straight Problem Cup wins as a participant, in addition to two Tremendous League titles in 2018 and 2021, earlier than retiring earlier this yr.

He now leads the staff as a coach into their last towards Wigan on the Nationwide Basketball Centre in Belle Vue, out there to observe dwell on Sky Sports activities Area from 5pm (5.30pm begin) on Sunday.

Simpson loved a trophy-laden profession as a participant with Leeds Rhinos

Simply 24 hours earlier, at Previous Trafford, Wigan may also be taking part within the Tremendous League Grand Last towards Catalans Dragons – additionally dwell on Sky Sports activities Area from 5pm (6pm begin) on Saturday.

When requested about what followers can count on from wheelchair rugby league, Simpson informed Sky Sports activities: “You will note the talent you see in rugby league, the physicality, the gladiatorial nature of it, the teamwork, the power and the way deep folks should dig to win this. It is simply in a wheelchair.”

As for what his Rhinos facet can count on from Wigan, Simpson stated of his opponents: “I do know them very properly. I do know they will be equipped for this last. They’re going to really need it, they will wish to beat Leeds.

Simpson will lead his staff into the Wheelchair Tremendous League Grand Last on Sunday for the primary time as head coach

“These are two Tremendous League golf equipment with wealthy histories, and that feeds into the wheelchair groups too.

“Due to that, we’re additionally anticipating an enormous crowd – Leeds at one facet, Wigan on the different, a really noisy environment.”

He added: “This is not our first last. We have been in loads of finals over time, so we’re prepared for it.

“We will deal with the massive event and we wish to go on the market and placed on a extremely good present for everybody who’s watching.

“Hopefully that present will result in us lifting that model new, shiny trophy on the finish of Sunday.”

Watch the Wheelchair Tremendous League Grand Last between Leeds Rhinos and Wigan Warriors, dwell on Sky Sports activities Area from 5pm on Sunday (5.30pm begin). Stream the Rugby League and extra of one of the best sport with NOW .

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