Agar receives boost with Swain's return

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Hull's acting coach, Richard Agar, has one major advantage for his first - and possibly only - match in charge. He is able to call on the services of the club's captain, Richard Swain, whose leadership has been so badly missed over the last month.

Hull are still trying to persuade Steve McNamara to take the job rather than staying on as heir apparent at Bradford, who agreed a new three-year contract with the prop forward Andy Lynch yesterday. McNamara is expected to give his decision after the Bulls play Warrington tomorrow. Until then, it falls to Agar to try to halt Hull's slide at home to Leeds, who have Chev Walker, Shane Millard and Willie Poching back.

David Solomona, the subject of a bid from Wigan, could play against the Warriors for Wakefield tonight if he passes a late fitness test. Wigan's forward problems have shown no sign of abating this week, with Paul Prescott out for the season with a detached retina and Bryan Fletcher suspended for three matches for a tackle in the Cup tie at Wakefield. Their latest recruit, Jordan James, signed from Swinton yesterday, could go straight into their squad.

Paul Sculthorpe returns for St Helens against Harlequins, while Salford, who hope that Malcolm Alker will agree a new contract, play Huddersfield.

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