Castleford stadium plans win backing

Castleford have moved a step closer to a new stadium with the granting of detailed planning permission for their proposed home near the M62. Wakefield Council have given their go-ahead to the 13,300-capacity development at Glasshoughton, on the edge of the town.

"Today is a major step forward for Castleford Tigers," said the club's chief executive, Richard Wright. The ground was meant to be completed in time for next season, but is now supposed to be ready by 2013, although its funding still depends on retail development at their current site on Wheldon Road getting planning permission.

Cas are one of four Super League clubs on a warning that their present stadia are not up to standard. One of them stands to be kicked out and replaced by Widnes, who were told last week that they have a licence for the next three seasons.

Warrington will be without Lee Briers for tonight's match at Huddersfield, with the two sides level with Castleford at the top of the table. Briers picked up a dead leg in last weekend's defeat by the Catalan Dragons.

Pat Richards is in Wigan's squad against the Catalans tonight, for the first time since rupturing his Achilles tendon in last season's Grand Final.