RUGBY LEAGUE: Nixon covers for injured Pearson
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 23 September 1994
Rovers have wasted no time in enlisting Nixon, who previously played in England for Rochdale Hornets and toured here with New Zealand last season. He is expected to arrive next week, in time for Featherstone's match against Workington, but his signing means that Rovers have had to abandon their plans to take the Canberra Raiders prop Paul Osborne on trial.
Osborne was due to fly to Britain after playing for Canberra in the Australian Grand Final on Sunday, but Featherstone have told him that their priority for their remaining overseas player now has to be a stand-off.
Nixon could be making his debut alongside Andy Currier, who was last night cleared of a charge of making a late, high tackle on Paul Newlove in the match against Bradford last Friday.
Currier was sent off after having previously been sent to the sin-bin for a foul on the same player, but Featherstone claimed that video evidence showed that his tackle was not high.
The Queensland forward Gavin Allen has had talks with the London Broncos about joining them for the rest of the season. Brett Galea and Sid Domic have also been discussed as possible loan acquisitions.
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