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Thursday, 23 October 2014

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St Helens players go straight into Whitehaven line-up

St Helens prop Jordan Hand and Cumbrian winger Ade Gardner will go straight into the Whitehaven squad that travels to take on Keighley Cougars tomorrow.

Jordan Hand photo
Jordan Hand

Neither player is a stranger to the Haven ranks, having turned out for the Recre outfit last season. And Gardner could reach a memorable landmark at Cougars, as his current career try-count stands at 199.

“Ade and Jordan will definitely play tomorrow and I have a full squad to select from apart from Shaun Ainscough who has one match of his ban to serve,” said coach Dave Woods.

“We have to get off to a flying start with the new structuring of the Championship but we have a tough month ahead. We need points early on.

“Keighley always play better with Paul March in their ranks.

“They have some big forwards and some smart half-backs. It’s going to be tough.”

After the visit to West Yorkshire tomorrow, Haven entertain North Wales Crusaders, before away days at Leigh Centurions and Dewsbury Rams.

But the Haven coach is happy with his squad, and added: “We’ll rely on our strong links with St Helens and we aren’t actively looking for new players.

“However, if a player becomes available, we’ll take a look at him.”

Meanwhile, club stalwart Craig Calvert is poised to make his 250th career appearance tomorrow. 245 of those games have been for Whitehaven (and four for Cumbria) and the flying winger is only two tries short of a tremendous 200 career tries.

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