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St Helens star Konrad Hurrell

The last time we saw Salford Red Devils head over to St Helens a place at Old Trafford was up for grabs and the Red Devils certainly pushed the Saints all the way for that Grand Final spot.

People will look back at the decision not to award Tim Lafai a penalty try that day as a key moment but it was one major moment in a sensational game.

That clash was shown on Sky Sports and Channel 4 and this exciting meeting will also be on Channel 4 and should be a spectacle.

Salford actually take on the Champions in better worm than the World Club Challenge winners.

Saints have lost three of their last four but crucially have only lost once at home in 2023.

But Paul Wellens’ side definitely need a boost of confidence.

He has now named his squad for the game.

James Roby is set to make even more history by becoming St Helens R.F.C.’s all-time match appearance record holder.

Last Friday night in France the skipper matched the record held by the legendary Kel Coslett with his 531st game for the Red V. Kel’s status at the top of our appearances record has stood for over 45 years, dating back to 1976 and finally someone has matched the feat.

However, if Roby takes to the field against the Red Devils he would further cement his status as one of the finest rugby league players to ever feature for our club and to play the sport as a whole.

There are two changes to the Saints squad that was named for last week’s game against the Dragons with two youngsters available for Wellens’ selection, whilst Konrad Hurrell and Lewis Baxter step out of the team.

Hurrell was shown a yellow card against Catalans but avoided a ban. Thus, unless he is carrying a bang, it seems he has been dropped.

Imposing prop forward Dan Norman and the versatile centre Ben Davies are both available to play following injuries. Davies marked a return to fitness at the weekend by appearing on dual-registration duty for Swinton Lions, kicking five conversions in their impressive win over Toulouse Olympique.

As for Salford they are still without Ken Sio and Tim Lafai. Ryan Brierley is fine to play after fears he could be out for a long time like the last time he suffered a scratch to the eye.

Ellis Longstaff could remain in the centres.

The game kicks off at 13:00 on Saturday.

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