Broken collarbone leaves Nero fiddling on sidelines

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Chris Nero is starting life as a Bradford player with a broken collarbone, thanks to his final match for Huddersfield.

The Australian second-rower suffered the injury playing for the Giants in their elimination play-off defeat at Hull on Saturday. He must rest for five weeks, but hopes to be fit for the Bulls' pre-season training.

Nero is one of five new signings confirmed by Bradford at the weekend, along with Semi Tadulala and Ben Jeffries from Wakefield, Hull's Wayne Godwin and Salford's Simon Finnigan.

Bradford expect Sam Burgess and Michael Platt to get their first Great Britain call-ups when Tony Smith announces the additions to his squad today.

Wigan's Sean O'Loughlin has been cleared to play in his side's elimination semi-final at Hull on Saturday, despite being placed on report for a high tackle at Bradford. The Rugby League has ruled that the Warriors' captain has no case to answer.

There is also to be no action taken against Hull's Garreth Carvell, who was alleged by Huddersfield to have committed a high tackle during the build-up to his side's second try in their play-off match.

Rochdale Hornets have appointed the former Great Britain scrum-half Bobbie Goulding as their coach for the second time.

Goulding was in charge in 2004 and 2005 and was reappointed earlier this season before the club had a late change of heart. He replaces Darren Abram, who departed in mid-season, leaving Shaun Gartland in caretaker charge. The former Wigan and Widnes player, who has appointed the ex-Rochdale player Paul Anderson as his assistant, says that he has "unfinished business" at the club after guiding them to the brink of the National League One promotion race during his previous time in charge.

St Helens have appointed Mike Rush, previously their performance manager, as assistant coach to Daniel Anderson. Hereplaces Alan Wilson, who is taking up a role with South Sydney.

Australia's first-choice scrum-half, Johnathan Thurston, will miss the Centenary Test against New Zealand next month, after revealing following North Queensland Cowboys' defeat by Manly in the NRL play-offs last weekend that he needs shoulder surgery.

The operation also ends any possibility of Thurston playing as a guest for the New Zealand All Golds in the commemorative match at Warrington next month.

Manly play the Melbourne Storm in the Australian Grand Final this Sunday.

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