Fox's fine career overshadowed by miss

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Don Fox, part of rugby league folklore for reasons he would rather have been allowed to forget, has died at the age of 73 after a long illness. It was Fox who famously missed the easy conversion in the 1968 'Watersplash' final to deny his Wakefield Trinity side the Challenge Cup against Leeds. Fox, a member of a distinguished rugby league family with his brothers, Neil and Peter, won the Lance Todd Trophy as man of the match that day, but that was little consolation. That moment overshadowed a fine career which also included 12 years at Featherstone, for whom he scored a club record 162 tries, and playing for Great Britain against France and Australia.

Joe Vagana will lead out the Bradford Bulls against Hull KR in his last appearance at Odsal on Monday after announcing his retirement at the end of the season. The 33-year-old Kiwi prop forward's departure will leave a gap Bradford will try to fill by signing Nick Scruton – and possibly Luke Burgess – from Leeds.

Wembley places are there to be won when Hull play Harlequins tonight. Todd Byrne returns after a knee injury to stake his claim for a Challenge Cup final backline place, while the prop, Paul King, is back after a long absence with a broken foot.

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