Hip injury forces O'Loughlin out of England squad
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.
Wednesday 05 October 2011
Sean O'Loughlin, the Wigan captain, is out of the England squad for the Four Nations. O'Loughlin, who was likely to have been first-choice loose-forward for the tournament, needs an operation on a troublesome hip injury but expects to be fit for the start of next season. His absence leaves Leeds' Kevin Sinfield as the obvious candidate for the role. role.
O'Loughlin's team-mate Thomas Leuluai is the one British-based player in the squad named by New Zealand for the Four Nations. The Kiwis have selected uncapped players in their 24-man party, including three members of the New Zealand Warriors' side beaten by Manly in the NRL Grand Final last weekend: Kevin Locke, Shaun Johnson and Russell Packer. The squad will be captained by Wests Tigers' Benji Marshall.
Wakefield have sacked their winger Greg Johnson after he was jailed for two years at Bradford Crown Court for sexually assaulting and attacking a woman with a glass in a bar in Huddersfield in February.
The 21-year-old, a Huddersfield Giants player at the time, threw the beer glass at his victim after she slapped him for touching her inappropriately. The woman needed stitches to her nose and eyelid.
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