Hansen charge leaves Wembley place in doubt
Dave Hadfield was a schoolboy convert to rugby league, the game which, one way or another, has dominated his life ever since. After working for newspapers in Shropshire and Blackpool (where he covered the fortunes of Blackpool Borough) he travelled the world, working mainly in Hong Kong and Sydney. He became The Independent's rugby league man in 1990 and has written five books on the game and broadcast extensively for Sky and the BBC. Dave played his last game at the age of 53 and would have set up a try if anyone could have been bothered supporting his break. When not writing about the sport, he now limits himself to a bit of tick and pass with his local club, the Bolton Mets. Family includes supporters - of varying degrees of dedication - of Salford, Wigan, Sheffield Eagles and St George Illawarra.
Tuesday 23 August 2011
The Wigan forward, Harrison Hansen, is in danger of missing Wembley with a ban. The second-rower has been charged with making dangerous contact with Bradford's Andy Lynch on Friday night and any suspension will rule him out of the Challenge Cup final against Leeds. His case will be heard this afternoon. His team-mate, Andy Coley, has announced he will retire at the end of this season, making Saturday's final one of his last games for the club. The 33-year-old forward said: "Hopefully I can go out on a high. I've waited 15 years to play at Wembley."
Rhinos coach Brian McDermott has both his first-choice centres, Kallum Watkins and Carl Ablett, struggling with leg injuries and Jamie Jones-Buchanan and Ryan Bailey are also regarded as doubtful starters.
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