Catalans and Castleford have announced their 21-man squads for Saturday’s Round 3 clash in Perpignan.
Controversial new signing Israel Folau is set to make his Super League debut, after being named by Steve McNamara. The former dual-code international has caused a media storm since his arrival in Europe and could now get his first chance to pull on the Dragons jersey, wearing shirt number four. He replaces prop Mickael Simon.
21-man squad: 2 Lewis Tierney, 3 Samisoni Langi, 4 Israel Folau, 5 Fouad Yaha, 6 James Maloney, 7 Josh Drinkwater, 8 Remi Casty, 9 Michael McIlorum, 11 Matt Whitley, 12 Joel Tomkins, 13 Benjamin Garcia, 14 Julian Bousquet, 17 Benjamin Jullien, 20 Lucas Albert, 21 Paul Seguier, 22 Arthur Romano, 23 Antoni Maria, 24 Jason Baitieri, 27 Gavin Marguerite, 28 Sam Kasiano, 29 Sam Tomkins.
The Tigers are boosted by the return of forward trio Mike McMeeken, George Griffin and Tyla Hepi. They replace youngsters Lewis Peachey, Brad Graham and Bailey Hodgson. 17-year-old prop Sam Hall, who made his senior debut against Wigan last week, has been named and so could feature again.
21-man squad: 1 Jordan Rankin, 2 Derrell Olpherts, 4 Michael Shenton, 6 Jake Trueman, 7 Danny Richardson, 8 Liam Watts, 9 Paul McShane, 10 Grant Millington, 11 Oliver Holmes, 12 Mike McMeeken, 14 Nathan Massey, 16 George Griffin, 18 Cheyse Blair, 19 Daniel Smith, 20 Junior Moors, 21 James Clare, 22 Jacques O’Neill, 24 Tyla Hepi, 30 Robbie Storey, 31 Brad Martin, 32 Sam Hall.