Rugby League: Warrington signings to miss cup showdown with Saints
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.
Thursday 26 February 1998
Adam Fogerty misses the chance to play against his former club after breaking down again in training with a thigh injury, while the ex-Oldham centre, Vince Fawcett, has been ill all week and also misses the match.
Castleford are hoping for their first five-figure crowd since the visit of the Australians in 1994 for the tie against the Bradford Bulls the previous day. The club have already sold more than 7,000 tickets and Wheldon Road's capacity of 11,750 could be tested.
Stuart Raper, the Cas coach, is confident that both Danny Orr and Barrie- Jon Mather, injured in the victory at Leeds in the previous round, will be fit to play.
Wigan are paying their opponents, Dewsbury, the compliment of fielding the strongest available line-up on Sunday.With the scrum-half Tony Smith back after injury, the Warriors have nine internationals in their starting line-up.
He replaces Craig Murdock in the only change from the side which demolished Keighley in the last round.
The Australian forward Tony Mestrov, who missed the Keighley game with a dislocated finger, is on the substitutes' bench. Two other internationals - Denis Betts and Nigel Wright - are still recovering from injury.
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