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Super League side make late change to squad ahead of huge game

Super League fullback Tanguy Zenon

Last weekend we witnessed France vs England on the international scene and this Friday we get to see a domestic version as St Helens travel to Catalans.

As the Dragons look to defeat the Champions, Steve McNamara named his squad yesterday.

The home side will have their new signing with Matt Ikuvalua set to make his first appearance but Steve McNamara only name an initial 20-man squad.

Mitchell Pearce, Julian Bousquet and Manu Ma’u are back in the squad to face the Saints but Micky McIlorum, suspended, will miss this game.

However, the club have now confirmed that Tanguy Zenon has been added to the squad to make it a full 21-man squad in a late change for the French side which perhaps suggests someone in the squad is a doubt such as Sam Tomkins or new signing Ikuvalua.

As for St Helens, with seven players withdrawing from the England squad it’s unclear if they’re back at full fitness.

Morgan Knowles will again miss this fixture on account of his five-game ban whilst Catalans’ Siasiua Taukeiaho avoided a ban and will therefore be available.

Saints travel with a boosted squad that features the returning Alex Walmsley, Curtis Sironen and Jake Wingfield.

Mark Percival steps out of the squad and Wellens has revealed that the centre will likely miss four to five weeks due to a hamstring issue and a small clear-out on his knee.

Lewis Baxter and Wesley Bruines retain their places in the 21-man declaration and were both on the bench for the win over Warrington

In amazing news for Super League, Catalans have confirmed that the game is nearing a sellout crowd with plenty of St Helens fans heading over to the South of France for a big game between two title contenders in 2023.

It is a repeat of the 2021 Grand Final and the man who officiated that game will be in charge again in the shape of Liam Moore.

Tom Grant will be the video referee.

Remarkably there are only 700 tickets left for the game which makes sense given the calibre of opponent and the optimism around the club.

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