St Helens v Catalans Dragons: Predicted line-ups and late injury news

Tonight Super League XXVII begins with a huge match between the two best teams last season. A Grand Final rematch between Champions St Helens and last year’s league leaders Catalans, this fixture could set the tone for the title race early doors as the two favourites for Super League glory in 2022 look to lay down a marker.

But how will both sides line-up in tonight’s seismic clash? Turning to St Helens, they’ll definitely be without three of the 17 who won last year’s Grand Final against the Dragons with Lachlan Coote, Kevin Naiqama and Regan Grace forcing Kristian Woolf to start the season with a new look backline. It was always inevitable that new signing Will Hopoate would start but Regan Grace’s injury means he’ll most likely start on the wing with fellow new signing Konrad Hurrell getting the nod at centre, so long as he’s picked ahead of the likes of Josh Simm. Meanwhile, Jack Welsby will start life at fullback tonight after being given the number one jersey for the season. Elsewhere, it’s likely another of the 17 Grand Finalists will miss out with Kyle Amor potentially being replaced by new signing Curtis Sironen whilst Joey Lussick will also given a debut from the bench as cover for skipper James Roby.

Like the Saints, Catalans will definitely be without three of their Grand Finalists with Arthur Mourgue out injured and Joel Tomkins and James Maloney no longer at the club. Mourgue’s spot on the bench will likely be filled by Alrix Da Costa whilst new signings Dylan Napa and Mitchell Pearce will fill the voids left by Tomkins and Maloney respectively. Fellow new signing Tyrone May will likely be included as well with Mickael Goudemand the one set to drop out of the Grand Final 17. Man of Steel Sam Tomkins is a certainty to figure at fullback whilst skipper Ben Garcia is guaranteed to take on Morgan Knowles at loose-forward in an intriguing battle.

St Helens
1 Jack Welsby
2 Tommy Makinson
23 Konrad Hurrell
4 Mark Percival
3 Will Hopoate
6 Jonny Lomax
7 Lewis Dodd
8 Alex Walmsley
9 James Roby
10 Matty Lees
11 Sione Mata’utia
12 Joe Batchelor
13 Morgan Knowles
Substitutes
14 Joey Lussick
15 Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook
16 Curtis Sironen
17 Agnatius Paasi

Catalans Dragons
29 Sam Tomkins
2 Tom Davies
4 Dean Whare
3 Samisoni Langi
5 Fouad Yaha
6 Mitchell Pearce
7 Josh Drinkwater
8 Gil Dudson
9 Michael McIlorum
10 Julian Bousquet
11 Matt Whitley
12 Mike McMeeken
13 Ben Garcia
Substitutes
14 Alrix Da Costa
20 Tyrone May
22 Dylan Napa
28 Sam Kasiano

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