Crusaders take two steps on right road

Crusaders might be at the foot of the Super League table, but they have made what their coach, Iestyn Harris, says are a couple of steps in the right direction. Harris believes the long-term future for the Wrexham-based club lies in recruiting young British players. If they happen to be Welsh-qualified, like the former St Helens and Warrington second-rower Andy Bracek, so much the better.

Bracek, who started this season with Barrow, has a knee injury that will prevent him from making his debut at Castleford today, but anothernew signing who has agreed a similar 18-month contract is expected to be in the team.

Jordan Tansey arrived earlier this week from Dewsbury, having been sacked by Hull last month. The former Leeds utility player brings some baggage with him. The cancellation of his contract by Hull came after a third disciplinary breach, all involving drinking at the wrong time.

Despite that, Harris has faith in Tansey's talent and in his own abilityto straighten him out. "He wants to get back to playing at the highest level and showing everybody what a great player he can be," he said.

The second batch of good news for the club came from the UK Borders Agency, who have approved the re-admittance of two members of last year's squad, Rhys Hanbury and Frank Winterstein, and will allow the Newcastle Knights second-rower Hep Cahill into the country.

The arrival of five new players will add depth to Crusaders' squad, particularly at half-back and in the back row. They will have to battle through today at Castleford, however, with Tansey as the only newcomer.

Cas were beaten for the first time at Bradford last week and they have had to admit that their new stadium is not going to be ready for 2012, making it an unsettling week all round.

Better news is that their captain and most influential player, Danny Orr, has not damaged his shoulder as badly as was first feared at Bradford and he will be fit to take the field.

Kyle Amor will have the unusual experience of playing against his parent club this afternoon. Leeds have extended the Cumbrian prop's loan and also given permission for him to play for Wakefield against them.

Harlequins' powers of recuperation will be tested today after the 82 points they conceded at Warrington. Hull, with just one win this season, are the visitors to The Stoop. "The boys have responded in their attitude and intensity in training and I know they will bounce back," said the Quins coach, Rob Powell. "We have a strong enough group to put things right."

Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Teeth should be brushed twice a day to prevent tooth decay
Bryan Cranston as Walter White, in the acclaimed series 'Breaking Bad'
footballChelsea 6 Maribor 0: Blues warm up for Premier League showdown with stroll in Champions League - but Mourinho is short of strikers
Those who were encouraged to walk in a happy manner remembered less negative words
Arts and Entertainment
Princess Olga in 'You Can't Get the Staff'
tvReview: The anachronistic aristocrats, it seemed, were just happy to have some attention
Renee Zellweger as Bridget Jones
Life and Style

Board creates magnetic field to achieve lift

There have been various incidents of social media users inadvertently flouting the law

Life and Style
Stack ‘em high?: quantity doesn’t always trump quality, as Friends of the Earth can testify
techThe proliferation of online petitions allows us to register our protests at the touch of a button. But do they change anything?
Bourgogne wine maker Laboure-Roi vice president Thibault Garin (L) offers the company's 2013 Beaujolais Nouveau wine to the guest in the wine spa at the Hakone Yunessun spa resort facilities in Hakone town, Kanagawa prefecture, some 100-kilometre west of Tokyo
CSKA Moscow celebrate after equalising with a late penalty
footballCSKA Moscow 2 Manchester City 2: Premier League champions let two goal lead slip in Russia
Caption competition
Caption competition
Latest stories from i100
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Daily Quiz
Independent Dating

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

Career Services

Day In a Page

Indiana serial killer? Man arrested for murdering teenage prostitute confesses to six other murders - and police fear there could be many more

A new American serial killer?

Police fear man arrested for murder of teen prostitute could be responsible for killing spree dating back 20 years
Sweetie, the fake 10-year-old girl designed to catch online predators, claims her first scalp

Sting to trap paedophiles may not carry weight in UK courts

Computer image of ‘Sweetie’ represented entrapment, experts say
Fukushima nuclear crisis: Evacuees still stuck in cramped emergency housing three years on - and may never return home

Return to Fukushima – a land they will never call home again

Evacuees still stuck in cramped emergency housing three years on from nuclear disaster
Wildlife Photographer of the Year: Intimate image of resting lions claims top prize

Wildlife Photographer of the Year

Intimate image of resting lions claims top prize
Online petitions: Sign here to change the world

Want to change the world? Just sign here

The proliferation of online petitions allows us to register our protests at the touch of a button. But do they change anything?
Ed Sheeran hits back after being labelled too boring to headline festivals

'You need me, I don’t need you'

Ed Sheeran hits back after being labelled too boring to headline festivals
How to Get Away with Murder: Shonda Rhimes reinvents the legal drama

How to Get Away with Murder

Shonda Rhimes reinvents the legal drama
A cup of tea is every worker's right

Hard to swallow

Three hospitals in Leicester have banned their staff from drinking tea and coffee in public areas. Christopher Hirst explains why he thinks that a cuppa is every worker's right
Which animals are nearly extinct?

Which animals are nearly extinct?

Conservationists in Kenya are in mourning after the death of a white northern rhino, which has left the species with a single male. These are the other species on the brink
12 best children's shoes

Perfect for leaf-kicking: 12 best children's shoes

Find footwear perfect to keep kids' feet protected this autumn
Anderlecht vs Arsenal: Gunners' ray of light Aaron Ramsey shines again

Arsenal’s ray of light ready to shine again

Aaron Ramsey’s injury record has prompted a club investigation. For now, the midfielder is just happy to be fit to face Anderlecht in the Champions League
Comment: David Moyes' show of sensitivity thrown back in his face by former Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson

Moyes’ show of sensitivity thrown back in his face... by Ferguson

Manchester United legend tramples on successor who resisted criticising his inheritance
Two super-sized ships have cruised into British waters, but how big can these behemoths get?

Super-sized ships: How big can they get?

Two of the largest vessels in the world cruised into UK waters last week
British doctors on brink of 'cure' for paralysis with spinal cord treatment

British doctors on brink of cure for paralysis

Sufferers can now be offered the possibility of cure thanks to a revolutionary implant of regenerative cells
Ranked seventh in world’s best tourist cities - not London, or Edinburgh, but Salisbury

Lonely Planet’s Best in Travel 2015

UK city beats Vienna, Paris and New York to be ranked seventh in world’s best tourist destinations - but it's not London