It has been testimonial weekend this weekend it seems.
Yesterday Ben Currie was a try scorer on his Warrington Wolves testimonial against Leigh Leopards. Today, Sam Powell’s testimonial sees Wigan Warriors take on Salford Red Devils whilst Castleford Tigers veteran Nathan Massey celebrates his testimonial against Huddersfield Giants.
Two sides with designs on the play-offs, today could shed some light on both sides’ chances of success in 2023.
Here’s everything you need to know about the game:
The game kicks off at the Jungle at 15:30. There is no coverage on OurLeague.
Castleford Head Coach Lee Radford has selected a 22-man squad to take on Huddersfield Giants in the Tigers’ final pre-season run out of 2023.
Radford’s pack come into the contest against fellow Super League opposition on the back of a comfortable victory at Championship side Whitehaven last weekend and Cas will be aiming to build momentum in time for the start of the Super League season on home turf.
A number of First Team regulars were handed their first hit out of pre-season at the LEL Arena and Tigers fans will be excited to see more stars added to the squad list this time around.
Niall Evalds, Paul McShane, and Joe Westerman are all in line to make their first friendly appearances. Arguably Cas’ standout signing of 2023 Gareth Widdop could potentially run out at The Jungle for the first time as a Castleford player.
Fellow half-back Jacob Miller was scheduled to make his maiden Castleford appearance this weekend, however, after picking up a slight knock in training he has been withdrawn from the squad as a precaution.
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Lee Radford has selected a 22-man squad to face Huddersfield Giants at The Jungle!
Squad info ⤵️#COYF
— Castleford Tigers (@CTRLFC) February 4, 2023
Ian Watson takes a blend of youth and experience to the Mend-A-Hose Jungle on Sunday, with veteran winger Jermaine McGillvary included for the first time since his injury vs St Helens in 2022.
Tui Lolohea is also included after returning from his extended break after the 2021 World Cup.
New Signings Sam Halsall and Jake Bibby are included once again, after being named to face Bradford with the game falling to the conditions.
🟠 𝗦𝗤𝗨𝗔𝗗 𝗡𝗘𝗪𝗦@j_mcgillvary is included in this weekend's squad after injury, alongside Sam Halsall and @jakebibby who joined us in the off-season!
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— Huddersfield Giants (@Giantsrl) February 3, 2023