Rugby League: Bradford decide on Cordle as stand-in for Newlove: Opportunity knocks for lesser lights at home

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ABSENCES caused by the World Sevens in Sydney provide a range of opportunities for others in tomorrow's Stones Bitter Championship programme, writes Dave Hadfield.

Francis Maloney makes his first appearance for Featherstone since making his peace with the club. He will play at stand-off in place of Martin Pearson against Bradford, who bring in the transfer-listed Gerald Cordle for Paul Newlove, with Daio Powell moving to centre.

Jason Flowers and Jon Wray deputise for the absent Graham Steadman and St John Ellis in Castleford's side at St Helens. Ian Pickavance moves back to the

second row to cover for Saints' absentee, Chris Joynt.

The 17-year-old winger, Paul Cook, is Leeds' choice to stand in at full-back for Alan Tait at home to Salford. Garry Schofield makes his first appearance for five weeks, coming in as substitute after recovering from an ankle tendon injury.

Chris Rudd comes in for Jonathan Davies for Warrington's match against Hull.

In an important match at the foot of the First Division, David Hobbs will make his debut for Wakefield Trinity at Hull Kingston Rovers. The Australian forward, Dave Woods, will be making his last appearance for Trinity after accepting a two-year contract with Gold Coast.

The bottom club, Leigh, will be without their second-row, Mark Meadows, against Halifax. He has been suspended for two matches after being sent off against Sheffield Eagles.