Super League Champions St Helens and therefore one of the main title contenders in 2023 have had to call upon young players ahead of a big game against Hull KR on Friday night.
The Robins devastated Hull FC last week whilst St Helens came up short against Wigan Warriors in their own derby.
Hull KR are without Jessue Sue and James Batchelor after bans from the Hull derby.
Corey Hall could make his debut after making the move from Wakefield Trinity.
Jimmy Keinhorst comes into the squad as Sam Wood drops out through injury.
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— Hull KR (@hullkrofficial) April 12, 2023
There are four changes to the squad that was named for the game against Wigan.
Sione Mata’utia misses out due to head injury protocols after attempting to make a tackle against the Warriors saw him need to be stretchered off the field. Wellens confirmed in his weekly press conference that the Club will be taking a cautious approach with Sione going forward.
Morgan Knowles was referred to an independent tribunal on Tuesday night that issued a five-match suspension meaning he is unavailable for selection, as are Curtis Sironen and Agnatius Paasi who miss out due to injury.
Coming into the squad declaration are youngsters Lewis Baxter, Dan Hill, McKenzie Buckley, and Wesley Bruines.
Baxter, Hill, and Bruines have all featured for Swinton Lions as part of our dual-registration partnership in 2023.
Both Baxter and Buckley have also featured for North Wales Crusaders on loan this season, whilst further match opportunities have also come up for Hill, Buckley, and Bruines with the Saints Reserves, with the three impressing in our dominant wins over Newcastle and Wakefield.
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Paul Wellens has named his 21-man Saints squad for this Friday's @SuperLeague game against @hullkrofficial
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— St.Helens R.F.C. (@Saints1890) April 12, 2023