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Catalans v Hull KR: 21-man squads, injury update and TV details

Catalans and Hull KR have both announced their 21-man squads for Saturday evening’s Round One fixture at Headingley Stadium (KO 5:15pm).

The Dragons made it to the play-off semi-finals last year only to be beaten by eventual champions St Helens.

Uncertainty remains surrounding star centre Israel Folau but should he not return to the club, new recruit and Kiwi international Dean Whare will serve as an ideal replacement.

Rovers finished bottom of the league in 2020 after just three wins all season and have subsequently seen several notable names leave the club, including Weller Hauraki, Mitch Garbutt and Rob Mulhern.

Experienced internationals Ryan Hall, Korbin Sims and Brad Takairangi are among those arriving in their place and should fill fans with confidence that this season will be much brighter.

The game will be available to watch on Sky Sports Main Event and Sky Sports Arena, with coverage starting from 5:00pm.

Catalans Dragons

The glaring omissions for the Dragons are suspended duo Michael McIlorum and Joel Tomkins, and Samisoni Langi and Arthur Romano who are out through injury. Tom Davies and Gil Dudson are included after being rested during pre-season as a precaution. Meanwhile, youngsters Joe Chan and Mathieu Laguerre make the 21 and could make their senior debuts.

21-man squad: 1 Arthur Mourgue, 2 Tom Davies, 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, 17 Mickael Goudemand, 18 Lambert Belmas, 20 Mathieu Laguerre, 24 Jason Baitieri, 27 Joe Chan, 28 Sam Kasiano, 29 Sam Tomkins.

Hull Kingston Rovers

Overseas signing Brad Takairangi is included by Tony Smith despite being a doubt due to a muscle strain. He is one of five new signings who could make their competitive debuts for Rovers on Saturday. Muizz Mustapha (knee) and Owen Harrison (heel) are among those missing out, as are Will Maher, Joe Keyes and Will Dagger.

21-man squad: 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, 10 Korbin Sims, 11 Brad Takairangi, 12 Kane Linnett, 13 Dean Hadley, 14 Jez Litten, 15 George Lawler, 16 George King, 17 Elliot Minchella, 18 Matty Storton, 20 Mikey Lewis, 23 Ethan Ryan, 25 Rowan Milnes, 27 Luis Johnson.

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