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Why Wakefield Trinity star may not debut as planned

Wakefield Trinity have confirmed that they will be giving debuts to two of their star signings this weekend against Halifax Panthers as Samisoni Langi starts at centre and Kevin Proctor at loose-forward.

It is perhaps the strongest team Wakefield could put out under Mark Applegarth and he has made some big calls.

Max Jowitt starts at fullback with the first big call coming on the wings with Lee Kershaw and Lewis Murphy, who both impressed against Leeds Rhinos on Boxing Day left out.

Tom Lineham and Jorge Taufua instead come in. Reece Lyne is the captain for his testimonial at centre and is joined by Langi ahead of Corey Hall.

Lee Gaskell and Mason Lino start in the halves with Morgan Smith on the bench.

Liam Hood returns from injury at hooker with Jai Whitbread and new signing Renouf Atoni at prop.

The backrow is Matty Ashurst and Jay Pitts with Kelepi Tanginoa not in the squad.

Former NRL star Kevin Proctor makes his debut at loose-forward. However, his debut is not totally signed off on according to Mark Applegarth talking to BBC West Yorkshire Sport.

He revealed that they need him to get through training unscathed to ensure he is selected:

“Yeah as long as he gets through the rest of this week, we will give him a run out.

“He has a real presence about him, he is a good professional. When you see him up close, he’s a lot bigger than what you would think.

“We will give him a run out on Sunday so long as he gets through training without any hiccups.”

He also said he was settling in well though expects some issues:

“When he first landed, we met him for a coffee and had a good chat with them. He seems to be settled in really well.

“That’s as good as it can be when you are moving to the other side of the world. There is going to be a few issues I’m sure, but he is saying he feels happy and settled.”

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