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Ellis hoping for wembley date
Hull captain Gareth Ellis is relishing the chance to sample the magic of the Challenge Cup once more and is already dreaming of leading his team out at Wembley.
A week after ending his four-year absence from Super League, the England international will make his first appearance in rugby league's famous knockout competition since 2008 when Hull take on Wakefield in Friday's fifth-round tie at the KC Stadium.
The former Wakefield favourite was in the Leeds team pipped 25-24 by Hull in the 2005 final at Cardiff's Millennium Stadium while his last appearance in the competition was in the Rhinos' 26-16 semi-final defeat by St Helens in 2008.
"The Challenge Cup is unique and it's going to be a special match for me on Friday," said Ellis, who is back from his successful spell in the NRL with Wests Tigers.
"When I was considering all my options in Sydney, the chance to play in a Challenge Cup final at Wembley was something that helped sway my decision to come back to England.
"I was lucky enough to play at Wembley with England in the Four Nations in 2011 and it's an incredible venue.
"To lead out Hull FC in August would be an amazing experience but that's not something that anyone here is talking about right now.
"There's a lot of rugby to be played between now and then and we know we are going to have to be at the top of our game against a Wakefield team which is in good form at the moment."
Ellis, whose eagerly-awaited debut for the Black and Whites was delayed for three months by a foot injury, was relieved to come through last Friday's 48-12 Super League victory over London Broncos unscathed.
"It was great to be playing again and fantastic to get the reception I did from the passionate Hull FC fans," he said.
Hull, who beat the Wildcats away from home in Super League on Easter Monday, have won their last three cup-ties against Wakefield and went on to reach the final each time.
Wakefield's Australian centre Dean Collis has only experienced one Challenge Cup match but is already a big fan of the competition.
"I like the concept," he said. "It gives you something else to strive for.
"It's a different atmosphere when it comes to the Challenge Cup. I really enjoy it.
"We played Leeds last year and the intensity was like a finals game."