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Thursday, 24 April 2014

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Ex-England star Briscoe poised for Workington Town debut

Former England international Shaun Briscoe will debut for Workington Town against visitors Keighley Cougars tomorrow (3pm).

Shaun Briscoe photo
Shaun Briscoe

The ex-Wigan, Hull FC and Hull KR ace is being kept out of a full-back berth at Town’s Super League partners Widnes Vikings by Rhys Hanbury, and will switch to Workington on dual registration.

The 30-year-old steps in for Brett Carter, who missed last weekend’s cup win over Carcassonne due to injury and has also been ill this week.

“It comes as a bit of a shock when you can bring in someone like Shaun Briscoe,” said coach Gary Charlton. “It’s not that long ago he was playing for England.

“I’m just happy we have such an able replacement for Brett, who is still sore at present, and he has been badly as well.

“We don’t like losing one of our better players – Brett has been playing really well this year – but a replacement doesn’t come any better.”

Briscoe, famed for his fearless approach, has featured well over 200 times in the top-flight and scored four tries in five England appearances.

Back-rower Brett Phillips is doubtful due to the knee injury he suffered against the French, as is James Coyle, with a calf problem. But Town are not short of potential replacements in the halves.

“We have Peter Lupton, Carl Forber and Kayle Connor. Maybe it’s time to have a look at Kayle in one of his preferred positions,” added Charlton, who is wary of Keighley, on a four-match winning streak, following six consecutive defeats.

“They will be coming in confident and are a decent team. They probably didn’t gel as fast as Paul March would have liked, but they have some good players there.

“We have to go with the right attitude and commitment to get the three points.”

*This week’s ticket competition winners are: Michael Jones, Seaton; Craig Houghton, Dearham; Fiona Dempster, Workington.

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