Super League briefing

  • Last Updated: February 2 2013, 14:41 GMT

Team news and statistics ahead of this weekend's action in Super League XVIII.

Carvell: Hoping for a Warrington recall

Sunday, February 3

Bradford v Wakefield

New Bradford coach Francis Cummins will give debuts to Adam Sidlow, Matty Blythe and Jamie Foster, while second rower James Donaldson is set to make his first Super League appearance for almost 12 months after recovering from a knee injury. He is likely to take the place of the injured John Bateman while Danny Addy is expected to link up with Ben Sammut at half-back in place of the injured Luke Gale.

Australian prop Justin Poore makes his Super League debut for the Wildcats while fellow newcomer Reece Lyne gets a chance at centre in place of the injured Lee Smith. Prop Andy Raleigh is also injured, which could pave the way for loan signing Brad Singleton to make his debut, while coach Richard Agar will give late fitness checks to half-backs Tim Smith and Kyle Wood.

Last season: Bradford 34 Wakefield 26, Wakefield 18 Bradford 36.

Last six league matches: Bradford L W W W L L; Wakefield W W W W W W.

Hull KR v Catalan Dragons

Hull KR have four potential debutants in Adam Walker, Cory Paterson, Evarn Tuimavave and Omari Caro but Sean Gleeson is ruled out with a back injury, Greg Eden will need to pass a late fitness test if he is to make his debut and Travis Burns is suspended. Kris Welham (hand) and Ryan O'Hara (Achilles) are also injury absentees.

Catalan will have new signings Brent Webb, Zeb Taia and the returning Olivier Elima in their line-up while new coach Laurent Frayssinous will decide between Thomas Bosc and William Barthaw as the half-back partner for Leon Pryce in the absence of Scott Dureau.

Last season: Hull KR 10 Catalan Dragons 13, Catalan Dragons 20 Hull KR 12.

Last six league matches: Hull KR W L L L L L; Catalan Dragons W L L W W W.

London Broncos v Widnes

The Broncos have Australian second rower Shane Rodney back for the start after missing the last three months of last season with a back injury but utility back Dan Sarginson is out with a hamstring injury. New signings Tommy Lee and Alex Hurst are included in coach Tony Rea's 19-man squad.

Widnes start without new signings Kevin Brown and Gareth Hock as they continue to recover from surgery but Eamon O'Carroll and Lloyd White make their comebacks from injury and there is a place for newcomer Phil Joseph in coach Denis Betts' initial squad.

Last season: London Broncos 28 Widnes 24, Widnes 38 London Broncos 30.

Last six league matches: London Broncos L W W W L W; Widnes L L L W L L.

Warrington v Castleford

Warrington coach Tony Smith has the option of fielding his Grand Final team. Prop Garreth Carvell will be hoping for a recall, however, after missing out on selection for Old Trafford while centre Rhys Evans is hoping to get the nod over Stefan Ratchford at centre, where Chris Bridge is the Wolves' only injury absentee.

Castleford have named all seven new signings in their 19-man squad, including Michael Shenton, who begins his second stint at his home-town club as captain. Keith Mason and Jordan Tansey have been included after missing the Tigers' pre-season friendlies through injury. Centre Kirk Dixon and prop Steve Nash are missing through injury.

Last season: Castleford 26 Warrington 40, Warrington 54 Castleford 6.

Last six league matches: Warrington W W W L W W; Castleford L L L L L L.


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