Squad Announcements: Castleford Tigers vs Wakefield Trinity

With only eight miles separating both Castleford and Wakefield, both teams will be aiming to get a victory over the local neighbours and put down a marker for early season form. We look at the squads set to go head-to-head for the bragging rights.

Both sides will compete for the Adam Watene trophy, which honours the Cook Islands international who featured for both clubs during his career but tragically passed away in 2008 aged just 31. The trophy itself was specially commissioned and sculpted in New Zealand before receiving a special Maori blessing and then being brought to the UK.

After a disappointing defeat away to Catalans Dragons, Daryl Powell brings both Peter Mata’utia and Jesse Sene-Lefao back into the side. Young prop-forward Sam Hall misses out, but will be hoping to impress and earn back a spot.

The Tigers are still without Sosaia Feki, Adam Milner, Alex Foster, Matt Cook, Junior Moors and Greg Eden.

Trinity will be looking to build on the impressive win against Warrington Wolves last time out and have made one change to their squad, with Ryan Atkins replacing Lee Kershaw.

Wakefield are without Danny Brough due to injury, as well as Alex Walker, Ben Jones-Bishop, David Fifita, Tinirau Arona, and Chris Green still unavailable.

Castleford Tigers 21-man squad:

Jordan Rankin, Derrell Olpherts, Peter Mata’utia, Michael Shenton, Jake Trueman, Danny Richardson, Liam Watts, Paul McShane, Grant Millington, Oliver Holmes, Mike McMeeken, Nathan Massey, Jesse Sene-Lefao, George Griffin, Cheyse Blair, Daniel Smith, James Clare, Jacques O’Neill, Tyla Hepi, Calum Turner, Lewis Peachey.

Wakefield Trinity 21-man squad:

Tom Johnstone, Bill Tupou, Reece Lyne, Jacob Miller, Kyle Wood, Matty Ashurst, Danny Kirmond, Joe Westerman, Jay Pitts, Craig Kopczak, James Batchelor, Adam Tangata, Jordt Crowther, Joe Arundel, Max Jowitt, George King, Josh Wood, Ryan Atkins, Ryan Hampshire, Kelepi Tanginoa, Romain Navarrete.

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