Former Huddersfield Giants coach and Rugby League legend Malcolm Reilly will be the chief guest at the Tetley’s Challenge Cup final at Wembley Stadium on Saturday.
Reilly, who was in charge at Huddersfield in 1999, will welcome the players from Castleford Tigers and Leeds Rhinos before kick-off and after watching the showpiece match from the Royal Box will present the trophy to the winning team.
A former Great Britain player and coach, Reilly is one of the most respected figures in the sport’s history and coached both Castleford and Leeds during an illustrious career that brought him success on both sides of the world.
He won the Challenge Cup with Castleford as a player in 1969 and 1970 and as a coach in 1986. He also won the Lance Todd Trophy as man of the match in 1969 for his heroics against Salford, when Castleford triumphed 11-6 at Wembley in front of 97,939 spectators.
“I was thrilled to receive this invitation and had no hesitation in accepting,” said Reilly. “It’s a real honour to attend this fixture and I still have many close friends at both clubs.
“It’s going to be a great game with plenty of outstanding players on display.”