Leon Pryce is out of Bradford's bid to retain their Super League title in next weekend's Grand Final and probably out of the reckoning for Great Britain in the Tri-Nations as well.
The Test utility back dislocated his shoulder in the victory over Leeds at Headingley last Saturday and had his arm in a sling. Paul Johnson is his likely replacement in the centre for the Grand Final and Brian Noble, who is coach for club and country, will have to plan without him for this autumn's internationals, for which he could well have been considered on the wing.
Andrew Dunemann is out of Leeds' side for the game that will decide who will face the Bulls at Old Trafford. Dunemann damaged his knee last weekend and Rob Burrow is likely to come back into the starting side against Wigan tomorrow night.
Chris Feather and Nick Scruton have returned to Leeds from their loan spells with Wakefield and Hull respectively and would be available for the Rhinos if required, but their coach, Tony Smith, has not included either of them in his 19-man squad for the Wigan match.
Tommy Martyn is looking increasingly likely to play one last match for Leigh in the National League One Grand Final against Whitehaven on Sunday that will decide which club is promoted to the Super League. Martyn badly damaged tendons in his arm six weeks ago, but could be ready to risk the injury for such a crucial game.
Leigh claim that their sudden departure from the National League dinner in Leeds on Tuesday night was due to a misunderstanding. Club representatives were alleged to have stormed out after the main awards went to Whitehaven. "It was a mountain out of a molehill," said the club's chief executive, Allan Rowley. "Some people thought we didn't get the recognition we deserved, but our coach, Darren Abram, left without realising that they wanted to interview him on stage."
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