'Dazed' Dallas fit to face Bradford

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Wigan are confident enough about the fitness of their potentially match-winning winger, Brett Dallas, to name him in their Super League Grand Final side five days ahead of the event.

Wigan are confident enough about the fitness of their potentially match-winning winger, Brett Dallas, to name him in their Super League Grand Final side five days ahead of the event.

Dallas went off in the first half of his comeback from a hamstring injury in the victory over St Helens after taking a knock to the head. "But he's fine, he was just a bit dazed," said the Wigan coach, Stuart Raper, who named an unchanged 17 for the showdown with Bradford at Old Trafford.

The Bulls' Brian Noble was more cagey about his line-up. He was confident that Henry Paul, conspicuous by his absence yesterday, will be fit after an elbow injury to play his last game of rugby league before moving to Gloucester, but said that Nathan McAvoy, Lee Gilmour and Lee Radford all have a chance of being brought into the squad.

St Helens have gained some consolation for their failure to defend the title by winning the game's major individual awards. Paul Sculthorpe has been named Man of Steel and also voted Players' Player of the Year, ahead of Wigan's Kris Radlinski and Jason Smith of Hull, while Ian Millward is Coach of the Year.

The 18-year-old Leeds scrum-half Rob Burrow has come from nowhere to be Young Player of the Year after less than half a season in the first team, whilst Malcolm Alker, of Salford, and the Wigan captain, Andy Farrell, have won new awards for leading tackler and leading ground gainer over the season.

Tetley's have agreed to extend their sponsorship of Super League for a further three years in a record £3m deal.

Craig Gower could be out of Australia's tour to Britain, even if it takes place. Gower damaged a knee in the 54-12 victory over Papua New Guinea in Port Moresby and is likely to be replaced as deputy half-back by Brett Kimmorley.

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