Here are the squads for the first six matches of this weekend’s Betfred Challenge Cup games.
The weekend begins with Hull KR hosting Castleford Tigers tonight in the first of four all-Super League ties.
The Robins have suffered injury blows to Korbin Sims (concussion), Elliot Minchella (ACL) and Matty Storton (head), with all three players left out, to be replaced by Will Dagger (above) and Jimmy Keinhorst, with coach Tony Smith only having named 20 players.
The Tigers welcome back halfback Gareth O’Brien into their squad, with Lewis Peachey making way.
York City Knights will be missing Danny Kirmond, Chris Clarkson, Jack Teanby and Jordan Baldwinson, as well as stand-off Riley Dean, who is recalled by his parent club Warrington Wolves.
York coach James Ford brings back Marcus Stock and Perry Whiteley, while also adding three youngsters in A J Towse, Myles Harrison and Toby Warren.
The Wigan 21-man squad is unchanged from the squad that coach Adrian Lam selected for their Super League Round 2 encounter against Wakefield Trinity.
The first game on Saturday will see Salford Red Devils hosting Widnes Vikings. Salford are missing five players from the 21-man squad that was named to face Hull FC in Round 2 of Super League, with French fullback Morgan Escaré looking likely to make his debut for the Red Devils, while the Vikings have named a 20-man squad.
St Helens will then host Leeds Rhinos in the big game of the weekend, with Saints coach Kristian Woolf recalling Mark Percival and Agnatius Paasi to his squad, with Aaron Smith and Tom Nisbet making way. Leeds will be missing Richie Myler, with youngster Morgan Gannon gaining a call-up into the squad.
In Saturday’s second televised game, the Catalans Dragons have called up giant forward Corentin le Cam, who, at 6ft 9in, would be the tallest player in the game if he makes his debut. For Wakefield Trinity, Max Jowitt returns and Brad Walker drops out of the 21-man squad.
In Saturday’s late game Featherstone Rovers see three players – Craig Kopczak, James Lockwood, John Davies – drop out of their squad, with Tom Holmes, Leeds loanee Loui McConnell and Liam Whitton taking their places. Hull FC will be missing the injured Josh Reynolds and Ligi Sao, but they see the return of Josh Bowden and young prop forward Jack Brown.
On Sunday Warrington Wolves will go into their game against Swinton Lions without Gareth Widdop and Mike Cooper. They are replaced from last week’s 21-man squad by forwards Matt Davis and Sitaleki Akauola. Swinton haven’t yet named their squad.
In the second game on Sunday, Ben Flower is likely to make his Leigh Centurions debut, along with Australian hooker Nathan Peats, while, for Huddersfield Giants, Aidan Sezer is still suffering from a groin strain and has been left out of the 21-man squad, while Joe Greenwood has been suspended. They are replaced by former St Helens forward Jack Ashworth and Louis Senior.
Hull Kingston Rovers v Castleford Tigers, Friday, 6.00pm
Rovers: 1 Adam Quinlan, 2 Ben Crooks, 3 Greg Minikin, 4 Shaun Kenny-Dowall, 5 Ryan Hall, 7 Jordan Abdull, 8 Albert Vete, 9 Matt Parcell, 12 Kane Linnett, 13 Dean Hadley, 14 Jez Litten, 15 George Lawler, 16 George King, 19 Will Dagger, 20 Mikey Lewis, 23 Ethan Ryan, 25 Rowan Milnes, 27 Luis Johnson, 28 Muizz Mustapha, 33 Jimmy Keinhorst
Outs: Korbin Sims, Elliot Minchella, Matty Storton
Ins: Will Dagger, Jimmy Keinhorst
Tigers: 1 Niall Evalds, 2 Derrell Olpherts, 3 Peter Mata’utia, 4 Michael Shenton, 6 Jake Trueman, 7 Danny Richardson, 8 Liam Watts, 9 Paul McShane, 10 Grant Millington, 11 Oliver Holmes, 12 Cheyse Blair, 13 Adam Milner, 14 Nathan Massey, 15 George Griffin, 16 Gareth O’Brien, 19 Tyla Hepi, 21 Jesse Sene-Lefao, 22 Daniel Smith, 23 Greg Eden, 25 Jordan Turner, 26 Lewis Bienek,
Outs: Lewis Peachey
Ins: Gareth O’Brien
York City Knights v Wigan Warriors, Friday, 7.45pm
City Knights: 1 Matty Marsh, 3 Liam Salter, 4 Ryan Atkins, 5 Kieran Dixon, 6 Brendan O’Hagan, 8 Ronan Dixon, 9 Will Jubb, 12 Sam Scott, 13 Adam Cuthbertson, 16 Marcus Stock, 19 James Green, 20 Tim Spears, 21 Joe Porter, 22 Perry Whiteley, 23 Ben Jones-Bishop, 24 Dan Barcoe, 25 AJ Towse, 26 Myles Harrison, 27 Toby Warren, 28 Danny Washbrook.
Outs: Danny Kirmond, Chris Clarkson, Jack Teanby, Jordan Baldwinson, Riley Dean
In: Marcus Stock, Perry Whiteley, A J Towse, Myles Harrison, Toby Warren
Warriors: 3 Zak Hardaker, 7 Thomas Leuluai, 8 Brad Singleton, 9 Sam Powell, 10 Joe Bullock, 11 Willie Isa, 12 Liam Farrell, 13 John Bateman, 14 Oliver Partington, 15 Morgan Smithies, 17 Tony Clubb, 19 Liam Byrne, 20 Harry Smith, 21 Ethan Havard, 22 Jake Bibby, 23 Mitch Clark, 25 Joe Shorrocks, 28 Sam Halsall, 29 James McDonnell, 30 Umyla Hanley, 31 Jackson Hastings
Salford Red Devils v Widnes Vikings, Saturday 12.30pm
Red Devils: 1 Morgan Esacre, 2 Ken Sio, 3 Kallum Watkins, 4 Krisnan Inu, 6 Tui Lolohea, 8 Lee Mossop, 9 Andy Ackers, 10 Sebastine Ikahihifo, 12 Pauli Pauli, 15 Ollie Roberts, 17 Josh Johnson, 18 Chris Atkin, 19 Elliot Kear, 20 Harvey Livett, 22 Rhys Williams, 24 Matthew Costello, 25 Jack Ormondroyd , 26 Jack Wells, 27 Sam Luckley, 28 Darcy Lussick, 29 Dec Patton.
Outs: Kevin Brown, Ryan Lannon, Elijah Taylor, Danny Addy, Dan Sarginson,
Ins: Morgan Escaré, Ollie Roberts, Chris Atkin, Sam Luckley, Darcy Lussick
Vikings: Jack Owens, Jake Spedding, Ste Tyrer, Deon Cross, Danny Craven, Matty Smith, Paul Clough, Shane Grady, Adam Lawton, Lee Jewitt, Connor Dwyer, Joe Lyons, Lloyd Roby, Joe Edge, Owen Buckley, Josh Wilde, Lewis Else, Will Tilleke, Daniel Hill, Oliver Brookes
Outs: Matt Cook, Owen Farnworth, Eribe Doro
Ins: Lee Jewitt, Oliver Brookes
St Helens v Leeds Rhinos, Saturday 2.30pm
Saints: 1 Lachlan Coote, 2 Tommy Makinson, 3 Kevin Naiqama, 4 Mark Percival, 5 Regan Grace, 6 Jonny Lomax, 7 Theo Fages, 8 Alex Walmsley, 9 James Roby, 10 Matty Lees, 11 Joel Thompson, 12 James Bentley, 14 Sione Mata’utia, 15 Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook, 16 Kyle Amor, 17 Agnatius Paasi, 18 Jack Welsby, 20 Joe Batchelor, 21 Lewis Dodd, 22 Josh Simm, 23 Jake Wingfield.
Outs: Tom Nisbet, Aaron Smith
Ins: Mark Percival, Agnatius Paasi
Rhinos: 2 Tom Briscoe, 7 Luke Gale, 8 Mikolaj Oledzki, 9 Kruise Leeming, 10 Matt Prior, 11 Alex Mellor, 12 Rhyse Martin, 13 Zane Tetevano, 14 Brad Dwyer, 15 Liam Sutcliffe, 17 Cameron Smith, 19 King Vuniyayawa, 20 Bodene Thompson, 21 Alex Sutcliffe, 22 Sam Walters, 24 Luke Briscoe, 25 James Donaldson, 26 Jarrod O’Connor, 27 Jack Broadbent, 28 Corey Hall, Morgan Gannon
Outs: Richie Myler
Ins: Morgan Gannon
Catalans Dragons v Wakefield Trinity, Saturday 5pm
Dragons: 1 Arthur Mourgue, 2 Tom Davies, 3 Samisoni Langi, 4 Dean Whare, 5 Fouad Yaha, 6 James Maloney, 7 Josh Drinkwater, 8 Gil Dudson, 10 Julian Bousquet, 11 Matt Whitley, 12 Mike McMeeken, 13 Benjamin Garcia, 14 Alrix Da Costa, 15 Benjamin Jullien, 16 Paul Seguier, 20 Matthieu Laguerre, 21 Corentin Le Cam, 24 Jason Baitieri, 28 Sam Kasiano, 29 Sam Tomkins, 30 Jordan Dezaria
Outs: Lambert Belmas, Joe Chan
Ins: Corentin Le Cam, Jordan Dezaria
Trinity: 1 Max Jowitt, 2 Tom Johnstone, 3 Bill Tupou, 4 Reece Lyne, 5 Liam Kay, 6 Jacob Miller, 7 Mason Lino, 8 David Fifita, 10 Tinirau Arona, 11 Matty Ashurst, 12 Kelepi Tanginoa, 13 Joe Westerman, 14 Jay Pitts, 16 James Batchelor, 17 Chris Green, 18 Innes Senior, 19 Jordan Crowther, 20 Joe Arundel, 22 Adam Tangata, 23 Josh Wood, 29 Ryan Hampshire
Outs: Brad Walker
Ins: Max Jowitt
Featherstone Rovers v Hull FC, Saturday 7pm
Rovers: 1 Craig Hall, 2 Ben Blackmore, 3 Kris Welham, 4 Josh Hardcastle, 5 Gareth Gale, 6 Tom Holmes, 7 Dane Chisholm, 9 Fa’amanu Brown, 10 James Harrison, 11 Brett Ferres, 12 Brad Day, 14 Connor Jones, 16 Jack Bussey, 18 Luke Cooper, 19 Callum Field, 20 Frankie Halton, 21 Dean Parata, 27 Loui McConnell, 29 Harvey Spence, 30 Liam Whitton, 31 Junior Moors.
Outs: Craig Kopczak, James Lockwood, John Davies
Ins: Tom Holmes, Loui McConnell, Liam Whitton
Hull: 1 Jake Connor, 2 Bureta Faraimo, 3 Carlos Tuimavave, 4 Josh Griffin, 5 Mahe Fonua, 7 Marc Sneyd, 8 Scott Taylor, 9 Danny Houghton, 10 Tevita Satae, 11 Andre Savelio, 12 Manu Ma’u, 14 Jordan Johnstone, 15 Joe Cator, 16 Jordan Lane, 17 Brad Fash, 19 Ben McNamara, 20 Jack Brown, 21 Adam Swift, 22 Josh Bowden, 23 Connor Wynne, 24 Cameron Scott.
Outs: Josh Reynolds, Ligi Sao
Ins: Jack Brown, Josh Bowden
Swinton Lions v Warrington Wolves, Sunday 12.30pm
Lions: Not yet named their squad
Wolves: 1 Stefan Ratchford, 2 Tom Lineham, 4 Toby King, 5 Josh Charnley, 6 Blake Austin, 8 Chris Hill, 9 Daryl Clark, 11 Ben Currie, 12 Jack Hughes, 13 Joe Philbin, 14 Jason Clark, 15 Matt Davis, 16 Danny Walker, 17 Matty Ashton, 18 Rob Butler, 19 Robbie Mulhern, Sitaleki Akauola, 21 Jake Mamo, 22 Ellis Robson, 23 Josh Thewlis, 27 Connor Wrench.
Outs: Gareth Widdop, Mike Cooper,
Ins: Matt Davis, Sitaleki Akauola
Leigh Centurions v Huddersfield Giants, Sunday 2.30pm
Centurions: 1 Ryan Brierley, 2 Matty Russell, 3 Iain Thornley, 5 Lewis Tierney, 6 Blake Wallace, 7 Joe Mellor, 8 Ben Flower, 9 Liam Hood, 10 Mark Ioane, 11 Ben Hellewell, 12 Jordan Thompson, 14 Matty Wildie, 15 Alex Gerrard, 16 Nathaniel Peteru, 18 Matty Gee, 20 Adam Sidlow, 21 Tyrone McCarthy, 22 Craig Mullen, 24 Keanan Brand, 26 Nathan Peats, 29 Ben Reynolds
Outs: Nathan Mason, Josh Eaves, Matty Foster
Ins: Ben Flower, Craig Mullen, Nathan Peats, Ben Reynolds
Giants: Giants: 2 Jermaine McGillvary, 3 Jake Wardle, 5 Darnell McIntosh, 6 Lee Gaskell, 8 Luke Yates, 9 Adam O’Brien, 10 Michael Lawrence, 11 Kenny Edwards, 13 Josh Jones, 14 Matty English, 16 Jack Cogger, 17 Chris McQueen, 18 Jack Ashworth, 19 James Cunningham, 20 Oliver Wilson, 21 Leroy Cudjoe, 22 James Gavet, 23 Oliver Russell, 24 Louis Senior, 25 Owen Trout, 27 Sam Wood
Outs: Aidan Sezer, Joe Greenwood,
Ins: Jack Ashworth, Louis Senior
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