Rugby League: Leeds shuffle pack
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.
Friday 27 August 1993
Their new signings, Neil Harmon from Warrington and Ian Scott from Workington, will play at prop while the 18-year-old Matt Schultz is in the second row.
One notable absentee will be Richie Eyres, signed from Widnes this month, who is serving a six-game ban for his foul on Martin Offiah in the Challenge Cup final at Wembley. A tribunal next week will decide the fee for Eyres, with the Widnes coach, Phil Larder, claiming the player to be worth pounds 180,000.
Garry Schofield, the Leeds stand-off, will play in protective headgear following an operation for an ear complaint.
Castleford, who may have to wait several weeks for the arrival of their new Australian stand-off, Tony Kemp from Newcastle, give a debut to Ian Smales, the second-row forward signed from Featherstone.
London Crusaders play for the first time at their new home, the Copthall Stadium in Hendon. Their team to meet Batley will include the club's two most signicant newcomers, John Gallagher and the second-row and captain Sam Stewart, making their first appearances.
Wigan, who have been rejected by the All Black wing, Vai'iga Tuigamala, may now try to fill their overseas quota with an Australian. Their new coach, John Dorahy, has a player in mind, but must persuade his board that further spending is justified.
Dorahy faces his first game in charge, against Hull on Sunday, without Offiah and Andy Platt, but Shaun Edwards should be fit after a back injury. Nigel Wright will make his debutat stand-off and Barrie-Jon Mather is preferred to Andrew Farrell in the second row.
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