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Super League Team News: Wigan star set for spell on sidelines, new signings in line for debut

The team news for the three Friday night Super League fixtures has been confirmed, with some surprise omissions and players lined up for debuts.

Here’s a round-up of all the major news ahead of these Round 14 fixtures.

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Castleford Tigers v Wigan Warriors

Castleford Tigers player Sylvester Namo is tackled against Wigan Warriors.

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Castleford will hope to make the most of their rest as they take on the new Challenge Cup winners, Wigan Warriors, at Wheldon Road.

Two big names drop out of the side, as leadership duo Paul McShane and Joe Westerman won’t be in action, after not being named in the 21-man squad.

However, just after being announced on a two-week initial loan deal from Huddersfield Giants, prop Matty English is in the squad, and could play his first ever professional club match in a side other than the Giants.

Samy Kibula also moves into the squad in the only other change from last time out.

Meanwhile, Wigan play their first game since becoming the third side in the Super League era to hold all four major trophies at the same time.

There’s just one change from the squad named for the Challenge Cup final, as fullback Jai Field drops out, replaced by Jack Farrimond.

Field looks set for a potentially extended spell on the sidelines with head coach, Matt Peet, stating, “Jai has a hamstring pull which requires a scan, so we’re waiting on some more information there.”

Hull KR v Huddersfield Giants

Elliot Minchella and head coach Willie Peters of Hull KR celebrate the win over St Helens in Super League.

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Elsewhere, a packed Craven Park will be entertained by Hull KR and Huddersfield Giants, as the Robins look to take advantage of an out-of-form Giants side that has just one win in their last seven games.

Willie Peters has also made just one change, as young academy graduate centre Louix Gorman moves back into the side, replacing Connor Barley.

They’re essentially full-strength for this one, and will hope to pick up another two points towards the top of the table.

The Giants lost 24-12 in the reverse fixture this season, and have to come into this as underdogs.

To try to go against the script, they’ve named a strong squad – yet again, it’s just one change.

Leroy Cudjoe misses out due to a ‘minor injury‘, meaning Adam Milner is in the squad for this one.

Warrington Wolves v Salford Red Devils

Warrington Wolves Matt Dufty

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The other Friday night fixture promises to be an exciting one, as Warrington Wolves, off the back of a Wembley defeat, look to avenge those demons.

Jordan Crowther and Lachlan Fitzgibbon miss out due to ankle and back injuries respectively, after picking up knocks in the Challenge Cup final.

Arron Lindop and Tom Whitehead move into the 21-man squad as a result.

Meanwhile, Salford Red Devils will also hope to win this one, and have named a strong squad.

New signing Loghan Lewis, a loose-forward joining from Canberra Raiders in NRL, could make his debut, while Harvey Wilson could also make his first appearance.

Nene Macdonald is back in the squad after a knee injury kept him out of their last game, but Ryan Brierley is still recovering from a shoulder injury, and misses out.

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