Both Hull KR and Wakefield Trinity have announced their squads ahead of Friday’s season opener at Hull College Craven Park. Both are looking to put injury-hit pre-seasons behind them.
Tony Smith could hand debuts to Shaun Kenny-Dowell, Greg Minikin, Matty Gee, Elliot Minchella, Will Maher, Matthew Storton and Ryan Brierley. However, they are currently without Matt Parcell, Weller Hauraki, Harvey Livett and Dean Hadley.
They are also without Mose Masoe, who was forced to retire after picking up a spinal injury during Rovers’ 18-6 defeat at Wakefield.
21-man squad: 1 Adam Quinlan, 2 Ben Crooks , 3 Shaun Kenny-Dowall, 4 Kane Linnett, 5 Greg Minikin, 7 Jordan Abdull, 8 Robbie Mulhern, 12 Harvey Livett, 14 Mitch Garbutt, 15 George Lawler, 16 Dan Murray, 17 Kyle Trout, 18 Jez Litten, 19 Will Dagger, 20 Mikey Lewis, 25 Matty Gee, 26 Will Maher, 27 Elliot Minchella, 28 Matty Storton, 30 Jamie Ellis, 31 Ryan Brierley.
Chris Chester also could hand out a few debuts as Joe Westerman, Jay Pitts and Romain Navarette could all make their first starts for Trinity. There is also a welcome return for Tom Johnstone after almost a year out with a knee injury. They are currently without Alex Walker, Ben Jones-Bishop, David Fifita and Tinirau Arona.
Should Bill Tupou play for Wakefield, it will be his 100th appearance for the Trinity since moving over back in 2016.
21-man-squad: 2 Tom Johnstone, 3 Bill Tupou, 4 Reece Lyne, 6 Jacob Miller, 7 Danny Brough, 9 Kyle Wood, 11 Matty Ashurst, 12 Danny Kirmond, 13 Joe Westerman, 14 Jay Pitts, 15 Craig Kopczak 16 James Batchelor, 18 Adam Tangata, 21 Max Jowitt, 23 Josh Wood, 26 Titus Gwaze, 27 Lee Kershaw, 28 Ryan Atkins, 29 Ryan Hampshire,
33 Romain Navarette, 36 Kelepi Tanginoa