Salford v Castleford: Squads Announced

Salford and Castleford have both announced their 21-man squads for Thursday afternoon’s fixture at Emerald Headingley Stadium (KO 8:15pm).

The game was originally due to be played at 2:30pm on Thursday, however following the postponement of Wakefield v Leeds after two Trinity players tested positive for Covid-19, it was pushed back to an evening kick-off.

Salford have arguably been in better form since the competition restart, racking up one win in two, while the Tigers have lost three from three.

The game marks the return of weekday rugby league, with fixtures now returning to Thursdays and Fridays for the first time since before the Covid-19 suspension.

Salford Red Devils

There’s several changes for the Red Devils, with captain Lee Mossop among those coming into the side. Krisnan Inu, Connor Jones and Jack Ormondroyd are also included, with Ryan Lannon, Josh Johnson, Ken Sio and Chris Atkin dropping out after suffering injuries against Leeds last week.

21-man squad: 1 Niall Evalds, 2 Ed Chamberlain, 3 Kris Welham, 5 Krisnan Inu, 6 Tui Lolohea, 7 Kevin Brown, 8 Lee Mossop, 9 Joey Lussick, 10 Gil Dudson, 12 Pauli Pauli, 13 Tyrone McCarthy, 14 Sebastine Ikahihifo, 16 Greg Burke, 17 Luke Yates, 19 Mark Flanagan, 21 James Greenwood, 22 Rhys Williams, 24 Elliot Kear, 25 Connor Jones, 26 Jack Ormondroyd, 30 Andy Ackers.

Castleford Tigers

Daryl Powell makes three changes to his squad, with Jake Trueman, James Clare and Daniel Smith dropping out. They’re replaced by Peter Mata’utia, Greg Eden and youngster Bailey Hodgson.

21-man squad: 2 Derrell Olpherts, 3 Peter Mata’utia, 4 Michael Shenton, 7 Danny Richardson, 8 Liam Watts, 9 Paul McShane, 10 Grant Millington, 11 Oliver Holmes, 12 Mike McMeeken, 13 Adam Milner, 14 Nathan Massey, 15 Jesse Sene-Lefao, 16 George Griffin, 17 Alex Foster, 20 Junior Moors, 22 Jacques O’Neill, 24 Tyla Hepi, 25 Greg Eden, 26 Calum Turner, 33 Bailey Hodgson, 34 Gareth O’Brien.