Graham out of Tri-Nations

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James Graham will miss the Tri-Nations after failing a fitness test on his injured arm on the eve of his departure for Australia.

The 20-year-old St Helens forward, named as Super League's Young Player of the Year last week, was due to fly out today with 10 other players involved in the Grand Final to join up with the rest of the squad. He was earmarked for a role off the bench, but is now likely to be replaced by Warrington's Paul Wood.

Wakefield say they are "disappointed and devastated" by David Solomona's request for a release from the remaining two years of his contract. The club has complained about an alleged illegal approach from Bradford to the player, who is in New Zealand having treatment for a bicep injury.

The new Australian club, the Gold Coast Titans, will run medical tests today on Jonah Lomu before deciding whether to offer him the chance to switch codes. The All Black winger, now 31, has not recovered his old form since his kidney transplant and has failed to win a contract with a Super 14 side.

Hull KR have signed their first two players for Super League in Mark O' Neill and Jim Gannon, released by Leeds and Huddersfield respectively. They are also to release six players who helped them to promotion. Leroy Rivett and Dwayne Barker have not been offered new contracts, along with Damien Couturier, Andy Ellis and Gareth Price. Phil Joseph, who has a year left on his contract, is also free to leave.

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