Salford recruit forwards: Rugby League
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 16 January 1997
Hulme, capped eight times by Great Britain as a half-back but now primarily a loose-forward, has joined the club as a free agent from Leeds.
Faimalo, who missed all of last season with Leeds after detaching a retina, can play prop or second row and has been capped by both New Zealand and Western Samoa.
"Our coach, Andy Gregory, has been drumming it into me that we need a pack of forwards that can compete in the Super League," John Wilkinson, the Salford chairman, said. "We now have the strength in depth we are going to need."
Gregory, who played alongside Hulme at Widnes, said: "We always used to like coming to Salford, but we want to make it the sort of place teams hate to come to. David Hulme is a player people detest playing against."
Faimalo, who also started his British career with Widnes, and who, like Hulme, has agreed a two-year contract, will make his debut for Salford in Gary Sanderson's testimonial match at Warrington on Sunday.
Hulme trained with his new team-mates for the first time yesterday and will be held back, but Salford's other newly signed Test forwards, Andy Platt and John Cartwright, will appear in their colours for the first time.
With the New Zealand international Peter Edwards at hooker, Salford now have an enviable nucleus of experience in their side for the coming season.
Warrington expect to field their three new men from New Zealand - Dallas Mead, Nigel Vagana and Tony Tatupu - as well as the former Great Britain hooker Martin Dermott.
Paris St-Germain have made moves to raise their profile by signing a TV deal with the French network, Canal Plus, and linking up with the marketing arm of their parent football club.
Halifax have completed their overseas quota by signing the Australian centre or wing David Bouveng from the North Queensland Cowboys on a 12- month contract.
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