Wakefield accuse Bulls of tapping up Solomona

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The Rugby League is to investigate an allegation from Wakefield that their star forward, David Solomona, was illegally approached by Bradford before the Wildcats escaped relegation.

Solomona had two years left on his contract but would have become a free agent if Wakefield had gone down. The club believethe Bulls were one of several clubs to approach him and the League has asked its disciplinary commissioner to decide whether they have a case to answer. Wakefield themselves were the last club to be punished for the offence when they were fined £5,000 in 2000 for an approach to Jason Robinson when he was at Wigan.

Hull KR have revealed three of the names on their wanted list for Super League next season. Rovers' coach, Justin Morgan, has enquired afterMark O'Neill, Ryan McGoldrick and the Parramatta prop, Fuifui MoiMoi.

O'Neill, an experienced Australian back-rower, had an injury-ruined season with Leeds this year, while his compatriot, McGoldrick, impressed with Castleford. "We've not done deals with any player yet," said Rovers' chief executive, Paul Lakin. "The players mentioned are on a list of about 16 that Justin has enquired about."

New Zealand and Australia have both named four new caps for the opening match of the Tri-Nations in Auckland on Saturday. The Kiwis have a new centre combination in Manly's Steve Matai and Iosia Soliola of the Sydney Roosters, while Simon Mannering, who plays in the centres for the New Zealand Warriors, is at loose forward, with the Melbourne prop, Adam Blair, on the bench.

Australia's coach, Ricky Stuart, has opted for North Queensland's Johnathan Thurston at scrum-half. The other debutants are the Brisbane centre, Justin Hodges, Greg Inglis of Melbourne on the wing and the Canterbury forward, Reni Maitua.

The two sides meet again in Melbourne next weekend, with Great Britain joining the competition a week later when they play New Zealand in Christchurch.

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