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globalrugbyleague - Sat, 24 Mar 2007 10:28:00 GMT
In the week leading up round seven of Super League XII, Wigan fullback Chris Ashton has signed for Northampton Saints RUFC and will switch codes at the end of 2007.

The switch has provoked a reaction from St. Helens back rower Jon Wilkin.

He has suggested that the RFL re-structure their salary cap system to prevent bright young Super League talent switching codes for a more lucrative contract.

Surely changes have to be made to keep these young stars in league.

Round seven of Super League XII kicks off with Wigan travelling to Hull FC on Friday night. The home side will be without Sid Domic who is serving his first of a two match ban this weekend.

Richard Whiting is set to replace Domic. Michael Withers faces a late fitness test for Wigan, who will be replaced by Chris Aston if he fails.

Ex Wigan players Sean Briscoe, Wayne Godwin and Danny Tickle will hope to put in good performances against their former employers.

Both sides have won their last two games and will attempt to make it three in a row after poor starts to the campaign.

Hull 18 man squad: Briscoe, Dowes, Godwin, R. Horne, King, Lee, Maiava, Manu, McMenemy, Radford, Raynor, Sing, Swain, Tickle, Tony, Washbrook, Whiting, Yeaman.

Wigan 18 man squad: Ashton, Calderwood, Bailey, Withers, Richards, Barrett, Leuluai, Fielden, Higham, Paleaaesina, Hock, Fletcher, O’Loughlin, Vaealiki, Millard, Prescott, Hansen, Hill.

St. Helens and Hull KR will want to get back to winning ways at Knowsley Road on Friday night.

After a shock loss to Hull FC in round six, Saints are expected to hand a first Super League XII start to captain Paul Sculthorpe.

Willie Talau returns to the 18 man squad, and 18 year old Stephen Tyrer is expected to miss out.

The robins are without their talisman and captain James Webster and loose forward Tommy Gallagher. Danny Ward returns for Hull KR and will take over the captaincy.

Pat Weisner returns to the 18, and Justin Morgan is expected to hand a Super League debut to winger Jon Steel.

St. Helens 18 man squad: Wellens, Gardner, Gidley, Talau, Meli, Pryce, Long, Fozzard, Cunningham, Cayless, Gilmour, Wilkin, Sculthorpe, Roby, Bennett, Graham, Fa’asavalu, Tyrer.

Hull KR 18 man squad: Aizue, Vella, Gannon, Weisner, Morton, Morrison, Fisher, Gene, J. Netherton, Chester, Ward, Murrell, Cockayne, Dyer, Goddard, Ford, Steel, Bauer.

Harlequins RL coach Brian McDermott returns to the Headingley Carnegie Stadium for the first time since leaving as Tony Smith’s assistant last year.

The Rhinos are without prop Nick Scruton, although Brent Webb returns.

Harlequins are without winger Jon Wells, which opens the door for ex Bradford winger Andy Smith. Richard Villasanti will have to wait another week before making his Quins debut.

Leeds 18 man squad: Webb, Donald, Toopi, Senior, McGuire, Burrow, Leuluai, Diskin, Peacock, Jones-Buchanan, Ellis, Sinfield, Lauitiiti, Thackray, Bailey, Kirke, Gibson, Tansey.

Harlequins RL 18 man squad: Gafa, Grayshon, Heckenberg, Hill, Hopkins, McCarthy-Scarsbrook, McLinden, Melling, Mills, Orr, Paul, Purdham, Randall, Rinaldi, A. Smith, T. Smith, Sykes, Temata.

Huddersfield entertains Salford on Sunday in a bottom of the table clash. The Giants prop up the league table and are still pointless after amazingly losing all six games by eight points or less.

Huddersfield captain Chris Thorman and Martin Aspinwall return, although stand-off Tom Hemmingway misses out.

Salford find themselves second bottom of the league ladder after another defeat in round six, this time to Wigan.

The Reds are without captain and hooker Malcolm Alker and second rower Mark Edmonson.

New signing David Berthezene will make his debut for the Reds after signing on loan from Les Catalans on Tuesday.

Huddersfield 20 man squad: Reilly, Aspinwall, Brown, Lolesi, Thorman, Paul, Crabtree, Drew, Skandalis, Nero, Raleigh, Wild, Jones, Jackson, Mason, Griffin, Hudson, Snitch, Gardner, Hemingway.

Salford 20 man squad: Hodgson, McGuinness, Wilshere, Dorn, Robinson, Coley, Korkidas, Finnigan, Highton, Viane, Brocklehurst, Haggerty, Adamson, Littler, Gower, Halliwell, Turner, Jewitt, Williams, Berthezene.

Table toppers Bradford welcome Les Catalans to the Grattan Odsall Stadium on Sunday.

Bradford are at full strength as they include Terry Newton in their squad after serving his two match suspension.

The Dragons will hand a debut to hooker Luke Quigley and John Wilson returns for the south of France based club.

Bradford 20 man squad: Morrison, Burgess, McKenna, Cook, I. Harris, McAvoy, Evans, St Hilaire, B. Harris, Langley, Newton, Feather, Deacon, Vagana, Vainikolo, Hape, Solomona, Platt, Lynch, Henderson.

Catalans 20 man squad: Bosc, Casty, Chan, Croker, Duport, Fellous, Ferriol, Gossard, Greenshields, Griffi, Guisset, Jones, McGuire, Mogg, Mounis, Pelo, Quigley, Raguin, Teixido, Wilson.

The final fixture of round seven involves Wakefield and Warrington. The home side are set to hand a first start to winger Waine Pryce and ex Wigan props Danny Sculthorpe and Ricky Bibey return.

The Wildcats will be without Semi Tadulala after his broke his arm last week.

Warrington are without key men Lee Briers and Adrian Morley, who is set to be out for another six weeks, suffering from a fractured cheekbone. Stand-off Chris Bridge returns for the Wolves.

Wakefield 20 man squad: Field, Pryce, Demetriou, Atkins, Rooney, Jeffries, Watene, Sculthorpe, Catic, MacGillivray, Ferres, P. March, Bibey, Henderson, Elima, Latu, Blaymire, Fox, Golden, Moore.

Warrington 20 man squad: Reardon, Fa’afili, Martin Gleeson, Johnson, Grose, Bridge, Leikvoll, Clarke, Rauhihi, Westwood, Anderson, Mark Gleeson, Parker, Wood, Sullivan, Barnett, Pickersgill, Bracek, Harrison, Wainwright.

THE RICH ROUND SEVEN TIPS: Hull FC to beat Warriors by 12. Saints to beat Hull KR by 24. Rhinos to beat Quins by 6. Giants to beat Reds by 6. Bulls to beat Dragons by 12. Wildcats to beat Wolves by 4. - Read More, Here