Exclusive: Channel 4 hosts and surprising pundits revealed for St Helens’ home Super league clash against Castleford Tigers

Channel 4 rugby league is set to return to our screens for the first time in over a month as Castleford Tigers travel to St Helens on Sunday afternoon.

With the game being broadcast from 12.30pm, kick-off will be at 1pm as both sides attempt to get back on the horse after dismal results last weekend.

Reigning champions Saints went down 44-12 to the Salford Red Devils whilst Castleford were put to the sword by local rivals Wakefield Trinity in a 32-6 thrashing.

Moving on to Sunday’s game, however, and Kristian Woolf will be able to call on Tommy Makinson after a number of weeks sat on the sideline through injury whilst Sosaia Feki could make his first ever Super League appearance for the Tigers in three years of being at the club.

In terms of Channel 4 coverage, the broadcasting company has exclusively revealed to Serious About Rugby League that there will be a surprising inclusion on the punditry team for the game.

Adam Hills and Helen Skelton will present the show together – which is a different set-up from before when only one did at a time – with Huddersfield and Tonga playmaker Tui Lolohea and former England and Leeds forward Danika Priim alongside them.

It will be Lolohea’s debut on the channel as well as debut on a live rugby league channel in the UK.

Former Saints and current Warrington Wolves prop Kyle Amor will join Mark Wilson in the commentary box with viewers eager to see the class of the terrestrial channel come through once more.

It remains to be seen how well the game will be received by viewers as, from previous experience, Sunday games have not been the best in terms of viewing figures.

Channel 4 revealed that the viewing figures took on an average of 213,000 which equated to 3.2% of the TV share with the peak at 270,000.

When compared to the crowd figures of the opening game between Leeds Rhinos and Warrington Wolves, that average audience paled in comparison to that average audience of 531,000 with almost 750,000 watching the final few moments of the game.

That was the equivalent of a 7% audience share which proves just how well received the game was in its new home.

Fingers crossed for a massive viewership on Sunday afternoon.

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