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Shock absentee for Castleford as one of Super League’s biggest stars returns

Castleford Tigers are surprisingly without star stand-off Gareth Widdop as they take on Catalans Dragons this afternoon away.

In interim boss Andy Last’s fourth game in charge since the shock exit of Lee Radford, Widdop is not featured in the line up after being named in the 21-man squad.

Thus Jack Broadbent is named in the halves alongside Jacob Miller meaning that his former Leeds Rhinos teammate Alex Sutcliffe is surprisingly named at centre with Mahe Fonua on the wing.

Nathan Massey is named at prop despite a nasty eye injury last week and Paul McShane starts at nine after a leg problem last week.

As for Catalans Dragons, they welcome back star man Sam Tomkins but he is only fit enough for the bench.

Thus, Arthur Mourgue stays at fullback. Either way, the return of one of Super League’s biggest stars will be a boost for the Dragons.

Ben Garcia is fit enough to play after an injury last week. Mickael Goudemand and Tyrone May of course drop out.

May’s absence sees Adam Keighran return to the halves with Matthieu Laguerre fit again to start at centre.

The Tigers have won one game this season whilst the Dragons have only lost once, last week.

They will want to win to keep the pressure up on Warrington who claimed a seventh win from seven against Hull FC earlier today.

A win would set up next weekend’s clash between the two as a top of the table clash.

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