Rea rings changes at Broncos

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Tony Rea has shown his concern over the London Broncos' poor form this season by dropping two players for today's trip to Warrington.

Tony Rea has shown his concern over the London Broncos' poor form this season by dropping two players for today's trip to Warrington.

The centre, Rob Jackson, and the utility player, Tom Haughey, are the men to pay the price for a run of defeats that sees the Broncos just four points ahead of last-placed Castleford - and with a much tougher fixture list in the second half of the season. Paul Sykes and Joe Mbu return to the side at the Halliwell Jones Stadium, where Warrington will be without Paul Wood, whose shoulder injury is one of the legacies from an embarrassing defeat at Widnes last weekend.

In tomorrow's fixtures, fifth plays sixth when Huddersfield go to Wigan, who will be without the now retired Quentin Pongia and add the experienced Mick Cassidy to last week's 17. The Giants could be without Julian Bailey for two months with a fractured cheekbone, but that could be partly offset by the return of Brandon Costin.

Bradford, beaten by St Helens and Leeds in their last two games, expect to be without Leon Pryce for a fortnight with a rib cartilage injury. Robbie Paul is likely to move to stand-off against Salford, with Aaron Smith coming in at hooker and Andy Smith also in the squad.

Hull, with 122 points in their last two victories, could be without their first-choice centre pairing of Michael Eagar and Richie Barnett Snr against Wakefield. The younger partnership of Kirk Yeaman and Richard Whiting should start against a Trinity side unchanged for the third game in a row.

Halifax, struggling in National League One following their relegation from Super League, have appointed Anthony Farrell as their coach. The former Leeds, Huddersfield and Widnes forward has been doing the job on a caretaker basis since the sacking of Tony Anderson two months ago. Halifax have won just one of their six league games and were knocked out of the Arriva Trains Cup by the National League Two side, York, last weekend, but have decided to stay loyal to Farrell rather than any of the outside candidates.

"We were impressed with the high quality of the applicants, but we believe that the club needs stability," said their football manager, Paul Dixon.

Farrell's reign proper starts with a daunting trip to third-placed Leigh tomorrow, while the top two, Whitehaven and Batley, meet at the Recreation Ground.

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