Brown faces tough call for Challenge Cup

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Nathan Brown says he faces the toughest task of his successful first season in charge of Huddersfield in deciding who to leave out of his Challenge Cup semi-final line-up.

The Kiwi centre, Paul Whatuira, was passed fit yesterday to face St Helens on Sunday after a calf injury, leaving Andy Raleigh as the only player unavailable through injury.

"There are going to be some disappointed people," said Brown. "I don't mind leaving people out if they're not putting in the effort, but I'll be leaving out players who have been doing the right thing for the team.

"It's my job and I'll do it, but you don't feel good about it."

The Giants could be facing the combined force of the two hookers who have been such an integral part of Saints' success. James Roby is having an examination on the broken hand that has been keeping him out, whilst Keiron Cunningham hopes to recover from a knee ligament injury.

Wigan's Sam Tomkins has been sent a letter warning him about the tackle that caused Cunningham's injury in the Friday night derby.

The Catalan Dragons' captain, Greg Bird, has been charged with a reckless high tackle on the Celtic Crusaders' Ryan O'Hara at the weekend. Bird has also been warned about another tackle in the same match.Leeds have confirmed the signing of the Gold Coast Titans' centre, Brett Delaney, on a three-year contract starting next season.

The 23-year-old is seen as a direct replacement at right centre for Lee Smith, who is leaving at the end of this season to play rugby union with Wasps.

Bradford's Sam Burgess is looking more and more likely to move to Australia in 2011, according to his agent, Chris Caisley, but Wakefield deny any knowledge of Ryan Atkins, who has two years left on his contract, departing to Warrington.

Leigh, struggling towards the foot of the Co-operative Championship, will today announce the signing of Robbie Paul for next season today.

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