Saints to leave out Anderson and Fozzard

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St Helens are set to emphasise their enviable strength in depth by leaving two recent internationals out of their side for the Challenge Cup final.

With a fully fit squad to choose from, Daniel Anderson is expected to leave Vinnie Anderson and Nick Fozzard out of the 17 to face Huddersfield at Twickenham on Saturday.

Anderson has been a regular New Zealand international, whilst Fozzard won his first Great Britain cap in last autumn's Tri-Nations.

He will opt instead for young players like James Roby and James Graham on the bench alongside the rapidly improving Maurie Faiasavalu and another Great Britain player, Lee Gilmour.

Huddersfield have named their 20-man squad, with all their players carrying injury doubts included. Chris Thorman, Brad Drew, Stuart Donlan and Martin Aspinwall will all make the trip to London today.

Wayne McDonald, Matt Gardner and the half-back Tom Hemingway are the players there as cover.

Halifax stand to lose six points next season if they go into liquidation and still manage to regroup and make the starting post.

The club is to hold an emergency meeting on 11 September to try to find a solution to its mounting debts, which have been exacerbated by a £90,000 over-spend on wages.

The League says it is monitoring the situation, but it will be obliged to apply the deduction if the club goes out of business and re-emerges as a new company.

The Hull prop, Liam Higgins, is to join Castleford on a two-year contract next season.