Hilton could miss Warrington finale

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Mark Hilton, the cornerstone of Warrington's pack this season, could miss one of the more important games in their history this Sunday.

The club's game against Wakefield will be their final domestic fixture before leaving the stadium and it will also decide whether the Wolves reach the Super League play-offs for the first time.

Hilton has missed just one game this season, but he is a major doubt for this one after being referred to today's disciplinary meeting at the Rugby League. The prop has been called in for a suspected high tackle on Huddersfield's Paul Reilly last Friday - the first spark in a fiery encounter that saw six players sin-binned.

The League's executive committee looked at other incidents in the game, including one involving the Warrington centre, Ben Westwood, but decided against further action.

Peter Roe has emerged as the favourite to take over as coach at Featherstone, following the decision this weekend not to renew Andy Kelly's contract. Roe was in charge at Post Office Road from 1999 to 2002, when he took the job at Wakefield. He turned down a new contract at Swinton last week, citing a lack of funds and of numbers at training.

Despite his likely move to a higher division, Roe remains in charge of the National League Two representative side to play the New Zealand A tourists at Keighley on 22 October. The squad named for that fixture includes the 34-year-old York hooker, Lee Jackson, capped 17 times for Great Britain, and, at the other end of the scale, players from fledgling clubs in the London Skolars' South African forward, Rupert Jonker, and the Gateshead backs, Paul Thorman and Damian Reed.

The touring Kiwis will be led by Shane Beyers, the captain of New Zealand's champion club, the Canterbury Bulls, and also include Ben Lythe, who played for Widnes in 1998.

Swinton are pressing ahead with plans to move in with Sedgley Park rugby union club for next season, after one year sharing at Salford City's football ground.

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