On a day where there are four all-Super League clashes, Wakefield Trinity host Hull FC at Belle Vue as both Mark Applegarth and Tony Smith prepare for their Super League debuts after taking over in the winter.
Two clubs hopeful for a big 2023 after difficult 2022 Super League campaigns.
Thus, it should be an interesting game and here is everything you need to know about the game:
The game kicks off at Belle Vue at 14:00. There is no coverage on the OurLeague app.
Mark Applegarth has been much more experimental with his side than other coaches this weekend.
Most coaches are naming sides which reflect their squad numbers 1-13 or near enough which is what Applegarth has been doing in his other friendlies but today there are some changes with Corey Hall starting at fullback, Samisoni Langi joining Morgan Smith in the halves and some young players getting a chance.
Mark Applegarth has named his team for our final pre-season hit out against @hullfcofficial on Sunday afternoon, KO 2pm. ✔️
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— Wakefield Trinity (@WTrinityRL) February 3, 2023
Tony Smith has named a 23-man squad fortoday.
The match will be the Black & Whites’ final outing ahead of the start of the 2023 Betfred Super League campaign, with Smith naming a strong side as he opts to offer several key names some pre-season minutes.
Liam Sutcliffe is set to make his first appearance for the Airlie Birds since joining the club from Leeds Rhinos, having been rested against Sheffield due to his prolonged 2022 season with the Rhinos, while Kane Evans is also in line to make his return from injury having recovered from a knee injury sustained in August which saw him miss the Rugby League World Cup campaign for Fiji.
Jack Brown also returns having fully recovered from shoulder surgery in the off-season.
Mitieli Vulikijapani misses out with an ankle knock sustained in the pre-season clash against Sheffield, while Ligi Sao is suffering with a dead leg sustained in training.
Carlos Tuimavave (Achilles), Jake Trueman (ACL) Andre Savelio (ACL), Connor Wynne (ankle), Jamie Shaul (calf), Charlie Severs (shoulder) and Kye Armstrong (shoulder) all remain sidelined and continue their recoveries from their respective injuries.
Shaul’s absence is a surprise after it was suggested he would be back in time for the visit to the side he represented on loan last season.
📋 Tony Smith has named a 23-man squad ahead of Sunday's pre-season fixture against @WTrinityRL at the Be Well Support Stadium.
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— Hull FC (@hullfcofficial) February 3, 2023