Pryce set to miss opening weekend
Friday 11 February 2011
Leon Pryce is out of St Helens' side to play Wigan in the highlight of the opening day of the engage Super League season tomorrow. The former Test stand-off missed the Grand Final between the two sides at Old Trafford last October with a neck injury. That has cleared up, but he has been ruled out of the game in Cardiff with a groin problem.
Kyle Eastmond, who has not played competitively since September and has been attracting rugby union attention, returns after an ankle operation and Saints give debuts to their new signings, Michael Shenton and Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook.
Champions Wigan are without their Test prop Stuart Fielden following knee surgery, Brett Finch and Pat Richards, but two of their signings from Melbourne, Jeff Lima and Ryan Hoffman, will make their first appearances.
In the first of the day's four matches, the Grix brothers, Scott and Simon, are set to face each other when Huddersfield meet Warrington. Huddersfield's Scott has one of the hardest tasks of the weekend, coming in at full-back for Brett Hodgson, who makes his debut for the Wolves.
The wooden-spoon favourites, Wakefield Trinity, have to go outside their 25-man squad for their opening match against Castleford, promoting their reserve prop, Russ Spiers, to the senior side.
For their match against the Catalan Dragons, Harlequins' new faces are headed by the Australian pair, Chris Bailey and Nick Kouparitsas.
The Rugby League says that ticket sales for the weekend, which also includes three matches on Sunday, are around the 40,000 mark. Crusaders, who play Salford in the first of those games, have sent promising full-back Elliott Kear to Hunslet on loan.
Zlatan Ibrahimovic to Manchester United? 'My next move will be a surprise' says PSG striker
Javier Hernandez to Tottenham: Spurs manager Mauricio Pochettino rejects reports over move for Manchester United striker
John Stones transfer latest: Manchester United interest could bump Chelsea bid up to £34m as Everton hold out for asking price
Mario Balotelli told he has no future at Liverpool as striker trains away from first-team
Ashes 2015 live: Latest score as England claim eight-wicket victory to take a 2-1 series lead over Australia after crushing win
- 1 Stuart Baggs dies: Apprentice star 'The Brand' found dead aged 27
- 2 Whoopi Goldberg tells Cara Delevingne to suck it up: 'She's not famous. I'M famous'
- 3 1000 people played Foo Fighters simultaneously to try and get them to play their city
- 4 Every club should be like Labour – you can’t join as a new member unless you’re already a member
- 5 Doctor Who: Christopher Eccleston says why he left the BBC series after just one series
Yvette Cooper: Our choice is years of Tory rule under Jeremy Corbyn – or a return to a Labour government
Labour leadership contender Jeremy Corbyn says 'we can learn a great deal from Karl Marx'
Is Britain really full up? Are migrants taking our jobs? Leading academic answers the most common anti-immigration claims
Public anger after French sunbather beaten up by gang for wearing a bikini in Reims park
Labour leadership: New poll shows party is now even 'less electable' than under Ed Miliband
While we fixate on Calais, the Home Office is quietly deporting dozens of migrants on 'ghost flights'