Russell joins the Paris foreign legion

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The reinforcements begin to arrive for Paris St-Germain today, with the experienced Australian forward, Ian Russell, making his debut for a side badly in need of a new direction.

Russell, a gifted loose forward who made his name with Illawarra, goes straight into the side for the visit of Warrington. "He will add starch to the side in both attack and defence," Tas Baitieri, the Paris chief executive, said.

Three players from the Brisbane Broncos are due to arrive next week, but equally important for the club will be coaching impact of John Kear, on loan from League headquarters. Kear has been able to show the Paris players why they have been making so many mistakes. The question, starting today, is whether he can stop them.

Warrington have Gary Chambers back from injury, and Lee Penny returning from suspension.

In today's other match, Leeds have Adrian Morley free to play against Castleford after escaping suspension, but Kevin Iro and Neil Harmon are doubtful with injuries.

Tony Smith, the England scrum-half, is fit again for Cas but, after last week's good win over Bradford, is named among the substitutes. Gavin Allen is back for London's trip to Workington tomorrow, with Terry Matterson also set to strengthen the side heavily beaten by Halifax last week.

Evan Cochrane is in the centres for London after serving a ban, while Workington have a full team injured and Paul Penrice suspended.

"No disrespect to Workington," Tony Currie, the London coach, said, "but it is very good for us, after our performance last week, to have the chance to sort ourselves out."

Bradford have Paul Loughlin back in action against Sheffield Eagles.

The First Division leaders, Salford, can take another step towards Super League by winning at Widnes. Salford are to lose their former Wigan loose forward, Sam Panapa, at the end of the season. He has been appointed fitness conditioner at the Auckland Warriors, but he will not now be required for the Western Samoan team in the Oceania Cup next month.