Super League briefing

  • Last Updated: February 15 2014, 16:52 GMT

Team news and statistics for Sunday's action in the First Utility Super League.

Danny Tickle: Set to make his debut for Widnes
Danny Tickle: Set to make his debut for Widnes

Sunday, February 16

Bradford v Castleford

Bradford give debuts to close-season signings Adam Henry, Luke George and Lee Gaskell and on-loan recruit Danny Bridge goes straight into coach Francis Cummins' 19-man squad after joining this week from Warrington. Second rower Dale Ferguson must wait to make his bow after failing to shake off a back injury and Jarrod Sammut and Matty Blythe are also sidelined but full-back Brett Kearney is set to play after recovering from shoulder surgery.

Castleford are set to give debuts to Marc Sneyd, Frankie Mariano, Scott Wheeldon and Liam Finn while Luke Dorn and Andy Lynch will start their second spells with the club. However the Tigers start the season without injury victims Ryan Boyle, Jake Webster, Lee Gilmour, James Clare and Nathan Massey.

Last season: Castleford 46 Bradford 34, Bradford 38 Castleford 12.

Last six league matches: Bradford W W L L L W Castleford L L W W W L.

Referee: R Hicks.

Hull KR v Leeds

Hull KR give debuts to Neville Costigan, Kris Keating, Jamie Langley, Kevin Larroyer, Justin Poore, Jonny Walker and Michael Weyman while Ben Cockayne starts his second stint with the club. Centre Sean Gleeson and forward Jason Netherington are sidelined through injury and Craig Hall stands by in case stand-off Travis Burns fails to recover in time from shoulder surgery.

Leeds will give debuts to hooker Paul Aiton and England winger Tom Briscoe, while prop forward Ryan Bailey has overcome an injury picked up in his testimonial game a fortnight ago. Loose forward Steve Ward, who missed the last five months of last season with a shoulder injury, is set to make his comeback.

Last season: Leeds 12 Hull KR 16, Hull KR 10 Leeds 44.

Last six league matches: Hull KR L L L W L L Leeds W W W L W W.

Referee: R Silverwood.

Salford v Wakefield

Salford coach Brian Noble includes just six players from 2013 in his 19-man squad for the first game under the new Red Devils banner. Former New Zealand Warriors forward Steve Rapira, who is still in rehab, is the only one of the club's 14 new signings not set to make their debut.

Wakefield include seven of their eight close-season signings, including overseas trio Scott Anderson, Pita Godinet and Matty Ryan who only arrived in the country on Monday. Props Richard Moore and Chris Annakin are the only players missing through injury.

Last season: Salford 10 Wakefield 46, Wakefield 23 Salford 23.

Last six league matches: Salford W L L L L L Wakefield L L L L L W.

Referee: J Child.

Widnes v London Broncos

Widnes will give debuts to new signings Danny Tickle, Danny Galea and Paul Johnson, as well as on-loan Wigan centre or second rower Rhodri Lloyd, but former Wigan hooker Liam Carberry must wait to make his debut after breaking a leg in a pre-season friendly.

London coach Tony Rea has included nine of his close-season signings, including prop Carl Forster who joined the Broncos on loan from St Helens this week, and academy product Harry Burnett. Captain Matt Cook is one of just nine survivors from 2013.

Last season: Widnes 38 London Broncos 12, London Broncos 14 Widnes 28.

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

Referee: T Roby.


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