St Helens to give new arrivals run out at new stadium
Dave Hadfield was a schoolboy convert to rugby league, the game which, one way or another, has dominated his life ever since. After working for newspapers in Shropshire and Blackpool (where he covered the fortunes of Blackpool Borough) he travelled the world, working mainly in Hong Kong and Sydney. He became The Independent's rugby league man in 1990 and has written five books on the game and broadcast extensively for Sky and the BBC. Dave played his last game at the age of 53 and would have set up a try if anyone could have been bothered supporting his break. When not writing about the sport, he now limits himself to a bit of tick and pass with his local club, the Bolton Mets. Family includes supporters - of varying degrees of dedication - of Salford, Wigan, Sheffield Eagles and St George Illawarra.
Wednesday 18 January 2012
St Helens will give three new signings their debuts in their first match at their new stadium, Langtree Park, tomorrow.
Saints are playing Widnes in a pre-season friendly for the Karalius Cup and their coach, Royce Simmons, has included Lance Hohaia, Anthony Laffranchi and Mark Flanagan in his squad.
Saints will be without three injured regulars: Paul Wellens, Tony Puletua and Michael Shenton. Shenton will miss the start of the Super League season in two weeks' time, thanks to the elbow he dislocated in last year's Grand Final. Simmons fears he could also be without the other two men.
The Hull Kingston Rovers stand-off Blake Green has been ruled out of action for an indefinite period, after the discovery of a blood-clot in his leg.
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