Tadulala and Jeffries to boost Bulls

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Semi Tadulala is set to make his competitive debut for Bradford on Saturday.

The Fijian winger, signed from Wakefield during the close season, fractured his cheekbone in Paul Deacon's testimonial against Wigan six weeks ago. He has been included in Steve McNamara's squad to face the same opposition at the JJB this weekend and could give the side a lift after a disappointing start to the season which has seen the Bulls win just one of their first three games.

Ben Jeffries, who was also recruited from Wakefield this winter, is also in line to make his first start for the club, with Iestyn Harris at risk of being dropped for the first time.

Bradford could be facing their old team-mate, Stuart Fielden, who is also waiting for his first game of the season. The Great Britain forward, the most expensive player in the game when he moved to Wigan in 2006, has had a series of injuries, most recently a biceps tear in training.

He is included in Wigan's squad, as is Mark Calderwood, but the former Leeds winger is more likely to continue his comeback from a broken ankle in the reserves.

Wigan will not be able to field Phil Bailey, whose appeal against a one-match suspension for a dangerous throw in the defeat at Hull failed last night.

Elsewhere, Keith Senior will mark the signing of a new contract that will keep him at Leeds until he is at least 33 by facing the best of the new generation of centres tomorrow night. Senior has agreed a one-year extension to his current deal, which runs out at the end of this season.

"I want to finish my career at the top with Leeds," he said. "There is a lot more for this current crop of players to achieve."

The Rhinos' chief executive, Gary Hetherington, who first signed him as a teenager for Sheffield Eagles, described Senior as "a remarkable specimen. He's strong in mind and body and I have no doubt that he can go on and play for many years."

Senior's continued mastery of the role will be put to the test in the World Club Challenge by Melbourne' Storm's 18-year-old Israel Folau, who last season became the youngest player ever to represent Australia.

If Leeds win, they will split the whole of the £50,000 prize money between their players.

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