Wigan leave out Ainscough again

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Shaun Ainscough has been left out of Wigan's team to play Wakefield in the Challenge Cup tomorrow despite scoring four tries against them in Super League two weeks ago.

The 19-year-old winger is the leading try-scorer in the country with 19, but was also left out for the victory over St Helens at Edinburgh last Saturday.

Hull are confident that their other new overseas player Epalahame Lauaki will join them soon, despite Mick Crocker again being turned down for a visa because of an old assault conviction.

The club say they have "irons in the fire" to replace Crocker, but still expect Lauaki to arrive.

Neighbours Hull KR have agreed a three-year contract extension with their winger Peter Fox, who made his England debut last season. Chris Melling has extended his deal at Harlequins by two years.

Australia will give their full-back Billy Slater a late test on his ankle before this morning's Test against New Zealand in Brisbane. Kurt Gidley is on stand-by to replace him. The Kiwis, playing Australia for the first time since beating them in last autumn's World Cup final, are without the injured loose forward, Jeremy Smith, and the suspended Isaac Luke.