Stomach bug has Warrington feeling low

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If Warrington's recent record at Knowsley Road is not enough to turn the stomach, then a bout of sickness in the Wolves' camp has made it a queasy preparation for today's meeting with St Helens.

Warrington were forced to cancel training on three consecutive days, with six players and their coach, Paul Cullen, all affected by the virus.

"The guys who were struggling have all come through," Cullen said. Despite Saints' dominance in this fixture,their coach, Ian Millward, is wary.

"Warrington rested two of their best players with this game in mind," he said.

One of those players, Lee Briers, failed a test on a shoulder injury, but Mike Forshaw and Paul Wood return.

There is a crucial game at the bottom of Super League tomorrow, when last-placed Castleford take on Salford.

Brad Davis, 36 in March, will become the oldest player ever to appear in Super League when he makes his second debut for Cas, who have paid compensation to Halifax for the veteran Australian half-back.

Another Aussie, Robert Relf, has made his last appearance for Widnes. He needs operations on both ankles and his retirement creates a gap for Widnes' new signing, Willie Peters, who will make his debut against Wigan next Saturday.

In the lower divisions, the Arriva Trains Cup semi-finals stage York at Hull KR and Leigh at Whitehaven.

The French side, Lezignan Corbieres are favourites to retain the York International 9s.

Meanwhile, Australia's leading player, Andrew Johns, rejected a move to union to stay with the Newcastle Knights which guarantees him future media work when his playing days are over. His former Kangaroo coach, Chris Anderson, is reported to have been offered the coaching role at Newport.