Poching plays waiting game for final
Wednesday 17 August 2005
The Samoan World Cup forward is recovering from a fractured cheekbone and his chances of facing Hull at the Millennium Stadium, Cardiff, on 27 August depend on medical advice next week. "We won't rule him out until he's told he can't play," his coach, Tony Smith, said. "If [the specialists] say there's no danger of any further damage I'm sure Willie would take the risk. But he wouldn't risk the team's situation for his own reward."
Danny Ward and Jamie Jones-Buchanan get the chance to stake their claim against the Bulls on Friday night when they return after injuries. Mark Calderwood, the Rhinos' leading try-scorer, also expects to be fit to face Bradford after suffering a dead-leg in the victory over London last Saturday.
Hull report no injury problems leading up to their last game before the final on Sunday against Wigan, who plan to announce today a signing that will complete their squad for next season.
The new coach, Ian Millward, has made five signings for 2006 but the chairman, Maurice Lindsay, has promised that there is one big-name recruit to come.
Castleford have bolstered their faltering bid for promotion to Super League by signing Damien Blanch, 22, from the Australian club Penrith Panthers for the rest of the season.
The Tigers' coach, Dave Wood, coached Blanch, a centre or winger, in the junior sides at Penrith. "He will bring extra enthusiasm to the squad for the vital run-in," he said.
Blanch could make his debut as quickly as Sunday's home game against Halifax.
Latest in Sport
Perth midfielder Ruben Zadkovich sent off 17 seconds after coming on against Wellington
F1 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix 2014 live: Lewis Hamilton heads towards second championship as Nico Rosberg has major engine troubles
England vs Samoa match report: England finally end losing streak as Jonny May stars in win ahead of Wallabies showdown
WWE Survivor Series 2014: What time does the event start? And full card
Arsenal vs Manchester United report: Wayne Rooney and a Kieran Gibbs own goal make Gunners rue missed chances
- 1 To help fuel their propaganda machine against the poor, our government has now decided to redefine the word 'welfare'
- 2 Tower Bridge glass walkway 'smashed' by night-time visitor dropping bottle of beer
- 3 Anti-gay hate preacher accidentally tweets 4,000 followers cartoon clip of him 'confessing' to be a 'homosexual sodomite'
- 4 Woman opens professional cuddling shop – gets 10,000 customers in first week
- 5 Grayson Perry: London needs affordable housing because 'rich people don't create culture'
Rochester by-election: Ukip gains second MP as Tory defector Mark Reckless holds seat
'Beast of Bolsover' Dennis Skinner takes Ukip MP Mark Reckless to task moments after he is sworn in
Rochester by-election: Labour MP Emily Thornberry resigns after posting white van and England flags tweet
France 'blocks' Russian sailors from boarding a warship
Rochester aftermath: Sacking of Emily Thornberry will make work of Labour MPs '10 times harder'
Revealed: How the world gets rich – from privatising British public services