SQUAD WATCH: All the team news for Friday’s Super League games

St Helens v Castleford (7:45pm, Sky Sports) Saints coach Justin Holbrook has a fully-fit squad to choose from for their opener against Castleford. That means a tough decision between Jonny Lomax, Theo Fages, Matty Smith and Danny Richardson for the half-back slots. Young half-back Jake Trueman is included in Castleford’s squad. He is likely to be in a battle with…

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Wigan’s French duo looking to make the Warriors feel like home for 2018 and beyond

At times last year, home must have felt like a long way away for Morgan Escare and Romain Navarrete. Both took the plunge together to step out of their comfort zone at Catalans and attempt a new challenge in England with Wigan. It was a brave move from two of French rugby league’s hottest and most promising prospects – and…

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Dan Sarginson reveals the two clubs that tried to sign him before joining Wigan

Dan Sarginson has revealed that he received interest from Hull Kingston Rovers and Toronto Wolfpack before joining Wigan Warriors. The England international is back at the Warriors just one year after leaving the club to join NRL side Gold Coast Titans. However, in an extended interview with TotalRL, the centre confirmed that he had other options, including an opportunity to…

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Sam Tomkins says reserves situation is “absolute rubbish” and joins calls to make it compulsory

Wigan and England star Sam Tomkins has described British rugby league’s failure to introduce a mandatory reserve competition as “absolute rubbish” – and believes all Super League sides should be forced to have a reserve side as part of the criteria of being in the top flight. Only six sides in the entire country will operate with a reserve side…

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Wane ‘angry’ with finish to 2017 – and insists Wigan are motivated to right some wrongs

Wigan coach Shaun Wane has admitted he’s angry about the way their 2017 campaign fizzled out – saying their sixth-placed finish was ‘not Wigan standard’ as the eye up happier times in 2018. The Warriors started the year by becoming world champions and even made the final of the Challenge Cup – but their league campaign was a frustrating one,…

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Chris Chester admits he’s yet to decide on Wakefield captain for 2018

Wakefield Trinity coach Chris Chester has admitted he isn’t yet sure who his on-field captain for the new season will be: hinting there could be a change for 2018. Back-rower Danny Kirmond has captained Wakefield since 2012 but, when asked if he knew which direction he would go in with the captaincy, Chester told League Express: “No! “We’ve got some…

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