Broncos try to overturn League block on Anderson

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London Broncos remain hopeful of completing the signing of the New Zealand international, Vinnie Anderson, despite the Rugby Football League blocking his registration this week.

The League has refused to register the Test stand-off because of the Broncos' financial position. They are negotiating to enter into a Creditors' Voluntary Agreement to reduce debts estimated at £3.5m.

"We have abided by all the rules," said the club's chief executive, Nic Cartwright. "We have room for him under our salary cap and within our budget and we don't think the League should be able stop us signing certain players. We will be trying to arrange a meeting with the RFL to discuss the matter."

Anderson, released by the New Zealand Warriors, is at home in Auckland waiting for developments. "He just wants to come to London and he won't be happy until he gets here," Cartwright said.

Wigan have agreed terms with the French Test forward, Jérôme Guisset, who is expected to arrive at the club next week. The former Warrington player has been playing rugby union in his homeland with Brive and has been brought in to address a shortage of forwards at the JJB Stadium, with Luke Davico forced to retire and the injured Andy Farrell still considering the embrace of the Rugby Football Union.

The Wigan chairman, Maurice Lindsay, has spoken to the 19-year-old New Zealander Sonny Bill Williams - "the finest player since Ellery Hanley" - but says that he cannot contemplate a move for him until he knows that Farrell is leaving.

For today's match at Wakefield, Wigan are likely to be without their winger, Brett Dallas. The young understudy Liam Colbon has been added to their squad as a precaution. Trinity are likely to be unchanged, except that the potentially damaging David Solomona could be given more time on the field than in last week's win over Bradford.

Shaun Briscoe is back in Hull's squad for tomorrow's visit to Huddersfield, after missing last weekend's game against Leeds with a leg injury. Huddersfield are still without their major signing, Michael De Vere, and are likely to be unchanged.

Leigh are so badly affected by injury at this early stage of their life in Super League that they have named only 19 players, rather than the maximum 20, in their squad to play at Warrington. Ian Knott is included and the former Newcastle Knights centre, Kevin Henderson, is in line to make his debut.

Terry O'Connor is rated a 70-30 chance to make his debut for his home-town club, Widnes, against Bradford, after missing the opening fixture against St Helens with a calf strain. Owen Craigie is expected to be fit, despite limping off last week.

The big game in the Northern Rail Cup tomorrow is between the old rivals and neighbours, Featherstone and Castleford, while the second round of the Powergen Challenge Cup today shows a strong Super League influence. East Hull, coached by Bradford's Lee Radford, go to Thatto Heath, whose coach is Warrington's Lee Briers.

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