Sunday Preview: Fa'afili's chance to fly back into Kiwis reckoning
Sunday 28 May 2006
The New Zealand coach, Brian McClennan, has been deprived of the chance to run the rule over one of the pillars of his pack today, but he will still be able to assess the claims of two other Warrington players for inclusion against Great Britain next month.
McClennan is on a flying visit to England to update himself on the form of the British-based Kiwis from whom he will select his side for 27 June. The timing of his trip means that he has been able to watch two local derbies - Bradford versus Leeds on Friday night and Wigan-St Helens yesterday.
Today's meeting between Warrington and Castleford might not have the same intensity and he will not see the 32-year-old prop, Paul Rauhihi, play. Rauhihi was part of the Tri-Nations-winning pack last autumn, but he will be out of action until August with a damaged disc in his back.
The afternoon at the Halliwell Jones Stadium will not be wasted, however, because Henry Fa'afili will be on the Wolves' right wing. Fa'afili has fallen out of international favour, but he has been in fine form in Super League, where he is third-leading try-scorer with 16. His partnership with the GB centre, Martin Gleeson, is arguably the best in the competition.
McClennan will also be able to see Logan Swann, a back-rower who has got his form back since moving to Warrington from Bradford at the start of last season. Had he chosen instead to be a spectator at today's game between Hull and Huddersfield, he might have found himself wishing that Richard Swain would reverse his decision to retire from internationals. Swain has been exceptional at hooker for Hull since the arrival of their new coach, Peter Sharp, but they also have his likely replacement at number nine in the versatile Motu Tony.
McClennan could be more interested in him than in another player who has filled the role for New Zealand, Huddersfield's Robbie Paul. With his eyes fixed firmly on the Tri-Nations and the 2008 World Cup, he will he homing in on younger players than Paul and his elder brother, Henry, now feeling his way back with Harlequins.
Sales of the tablet are set to fall again, say analysts
Met Police confirm there was a 'minor disturbance' and that no-one was arrested
George Lucas criticises the major Hollywood film studios
Does Chris Grayling realise what a vague concept he is dealing with?
Trend which requires crisps, a fork and a strong stomach is sweeping Mexico's streets
Parties threaten resort's image as a family destination
I Am Bread could actually be a challenging and nuanced title
Latest in Sport
Luis Suarez: Lionel Messi is better than Cristiano Ronaldo
Indian footballer Peter Biaksangzuala dies from spine injury after doing somersault celebration
West Brom vs Manchester United: Latest score and Twitter updates, with Stephane Sessegnon, Marouane Fellaini, Saido Berahino and Daley Blind on target
Arsenal vs Hull: Gary Lineker and Piers Morgan lead criticism of Arsene Wenger after 'uncomfortable' interview with Jacqui Oatley
Adel Taraabt criticism from QPR boss Harry Redknapp sparked by player walking out of team meeting prior to Liverpool game
- 1 Jack the Ripper: Scientist who claims to have identified notorious killer has 'made serious DNA error'
- 2 Banksy arrest hoax: Internet duped by fake report claiming that the street artist's identity has been revealed
- 3 Are you ready for Crazy Doritos, the red-hot snack food craze sweeping Mexico’s streets?
- 4 Drink alcohol and eat meat to improve male fertility - but cut down on coffee, studies suggest
- 5 Brian Harvey turns up at Downing Street and 'demands to speak to Prime Minister'
Cameron is warned 'no possibility' of UK reducing immigration and that bid to bring in quota on migrant workers would be illegal
Residents should throw a street party and mix with immigrant neighbours, councils told
London bus driver allegedly kicks gay couple off for kissing
Russell Brand threatened with arrest after filming outside Fox News headquarters
Amal Alamuddin calls for the return of the Elgin Marbles from Britain: 'Injustice has persisted for too long'
Lord Freud: Tory welfare minister apologises after saying disabled people are 'not worth’ the minimum wage