Paris under pressure: Rugby League
Dave Hadfield was a schoolboy convert to rugby league, the game which, one way or another, has dominated his life ever since. After working for newspapers in Shropshire and Blackpool (where he covered the fortunes of Blackpool Borough) he travelled the world, working mainly in Hong Kong and Sydney. He became The Independent's rugby league man in 1990 and has written five books on the game and broadcast extensively for Sky and the BBC. Dave played his last game at the age of 53 and would have set up a try if anyone could have been bothered supporting his break. When not writing about the sport, he now limits himself to a bit of tick and pass with his local club, the Bolton Mets. Family includes supporters - of varying degrees of dedication - of Salford, Wigan, Sheffield Eagles and St George Illawarra.
Saturday 12 July 1997
Gary Connolly and Jason Robinson will still be on their way back from playing for the Australian Rugby League's Rest of the World side that was beaten 28-8 in Australia and Lee Gilmour will make his full debut.
Wigan's visit will, nevertheless, be a test of Paris resolve at a time when many of their internal difficulties have become public, although the club is adamant that it will take part in the next phase of the World Club Championship in Australia.
London Broncos, who have suspended Josh White for missing a training session and are without the injured Shaun Edwards, switch their hooker, Robbie Beazley, to scrum-half tomorrow at Sheffield Eagles, who have taken a 40 per cent stake in the Sheffield Sharks basketball club.
White is now a target for Salford as well as Hull. David Krause returns on the wing for Martin Offiah, who is also injured.
Bobbie Goulding, who has missed St Helens' last five matches after an operation for a hernia, is set to return against Halifax tomorrow evening. Sean Long will be at stand-off as the pair team up for the first time.
Paul Rowley is fit again for Halifax, who try Martin Pearson at scrum- half as they try to win for the first time in nine matches.
The Salford coach, Andy Gregory, is to appear before the Rugby League on Tuesday over his criticisms of the referee, Robert Connolly.
One of the game's longest-serving administrators, Roy Waudby, is standing down from the League's board of directors, blaming political tensions between the league and Super League clubs.
Waudby will now concentrate on his club, Hull, but hopes that the game will accept his plan for a salary cap to be introduced next season.
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