Giants release five players

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Huddersfield have told five players that there is no place for them next season - including three who played in last month's Challenge Cup final.

Michael De Vere, Jim Gannon and Wayne McDonald are all leaving the Giants after not being offered new deals, along with Paul March and Jon Grayshon, who did not figure on their big day.

"In an ideal world, I would have loved to give them all new contracts, but I'm afraid that wasn't an option," their coach, Jon Sharp, said.

The Giants are still in negotiation with five other players who are out of contract, including the Cup finalists Paul Reilly and Stuart Donlan.

The French Test scrum-half, Julien Rinaldi, is leaving the Catalans Dragons to play for their Super League rivals at Harlequins.

Rinaldi will be a direct replacement for Thomas Leuluai, who is expected to leave the London-based club to sign with Wigan.

"It's unfortunate, but his Australian girlfriend has a sister in London and it was a joint decision between them," the Catalans' coach, Mick Potter, said.

Although Rinaldi has spent much of the season at hooker, his departure will leave the Dragons without experienced cover for their New Zealand half-back, Stacey Jones. "We've a couple of young French kids and the local competition starts soon, so we can have a look there," Potter said.

Wakefield say that their accomplished second-rower, David Solomona, has had offers from no less than eight other Super League clubs while the club wages its battle against relegation.

The former Brisbane Broncos and Australia winger Lote Tuqiri has said that he would like to follow the lead of Mat Rogers by returning to rugby league. Rogers has announced that he is joining the new Gold Coast Titans after the 2007 rugby union World Cup.

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