Most of the pre-match build-up for today’s meeting between Wigan and Widnes has concentrated on a man who could be playing for either team, but will turn out for neither.
There is no more effective winger in Super League at the moment than Wakefield's Ben Cockayne.
Kevin Sinfield's late drop-goal completed an amazing comeback by Leeds at Hull KR yesterday.
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Gareth Thomas is set to become a shock first signing for next season by the Challenge Cup winners, Wigan. The former Wales rugby union captain, the second-oldest player in Super League at 37, has been left without a contract by Crusaders dropping out of the competition.
Rangi Chase has flown back to face a court appearance in Australia, leaving his Castleford team-mates unsure whether he will be back in time to line up with them in their Challenge Cup semi-final. "We're all in the dark about it," admitted forward Ryan Hudson over Chase's prospects of facing Leeds on Sunday. "He's such a good player, but if he's not there we have got alternatives."
Castleford are planning on being without their player of the year for the biggest game of their season on Sunday. Rangi Chase is due in court in Australia on Thursday to answer an assault charge. Even if he succeeds in having the case adjourned, he would face a race to get back in time to face Leeds in the Challenge Cup semi-final.
Huddersfield hope that a return home today will revive their season.
Welsh club Crusaders have dramatically withdrawn from Super League from next year.
Matt Parish has made the retention of Stefan Ratchford one of his first priorities as the new Salford coach.
Dan Sarginson, whose performance last weekend was a rare shaft of light for Harlequins, retains his place for the visit of Wigan this afternoon.
A dazzling hat-trick of tries from Sam Tomkins outshone the return of Gareth Hock as Wigan went above Huddersfield in the Super League table by thrashing them 46-12 on Saturday at the DW Stadium.
Leeds are to unload two of their prop forwards who have failed to come up to scratch this season. The Rhinos have agreed to requests for releases from Luke Burgess and Ben Cross.