Renouf hopes Super League will revive career

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One of Australia's finest centres, Steve Renouf is coming out of retirement in the hope of reviving his career in England.

Renouf, 34, spent the 2000 and 2001 seasons with Wigan before bowing to the weight of injuries. He has now started playing again with Brisbane Easts and is open to offers from British clubs. He says he has already had approaches from two National League clubs, but believes he is capable of playing in Super League again.

One club looking for a high-class centre is St Helens, where Ian Millward has been given the green light to bring a player in to replace Martin Gleeson, sold to Warrington for £200,000. Millward is likely to look for someone considerably younger, with the New Zealand international, Clinton Toopi, one of the names mentioned.

Wigan will not be looking towards Renouf as a stopgap, despite a further crop of injuries in their defeat at London, including the loss of Kevin Brown just 10 minutes into his comeback from a broken leg.

Castleford hope to have the Sydney Roosters' forward Steve Crouch, in the country by the weekend and possibly in their side at Wakefield on Sunday. Crouch is a replacement for Sean Ryan, whose been released because of injury.

Wakefield are giving trials to the French winger, Fourcade Abasse, whilst Leeds have recalled Liam Botham from his two-month loan at London.

The Tongan winger Tevita Vaikona is set to leave Bradford to place rugby union for Premiership side Saracens.

BARLA (the British Amateur Rugby League Association), which has run the amateur game for the last three decades, has voted to accept a seat on the Rugby League's new Community Board, a decision which completes the merger of the two bodies.

The RFL will now take over the investigation into the recent BARLA tour to Australia which ended in disarray, with a player fined by a court, three more sent home for fighting and the final fixture left unfulfilled.

Widnes' Halton stadium is to stage the National League finals on 10 October, while St Albans will stage the final of the National Conference.

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