RL Today: Thomas Leuluai injury blow & Luke Keary to consider World Cup with Ireland

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Thomas Leuluai Credit: PA Images
Thomas Leuluai Credit: PA Images

Thomas Leuluai injury blow

Wigan captain Thomas Leuluai is set for a couple of months on the sideline through injury. (Wigan Today)

The 36-year-old left the field during the club’s Good Friday derby with St Helens at the Totally Wicked Stadium.

Head coach Matt Peet has confirmed that Leuluai had suffered a high grade MCL injury.

Luke Keary to consider Ireland’s call

Sydney Roosters half-back Luke Keary could represent Ireland at this year’s World Cup. (7 News)

A hip injury prevented Keary from winning Ireland honours at the 2017 tournament. He qualifies through his paternal grandparents.

Keary told 7 News: “They (Ireland) asked in the off-season (just gone) but I honestly haven’t thought about it, I’m six games back from a knee injury.

“If I can get through the season first I’ll start to worry about all that.”

Brad Fash avoids ban

Brad Fash has been cleared of the biting charge against him following the Hull derby on Good Friday at Craven Park.

Fash, 26, was accused by Hull KR’s Elliot Minchella during their clash last Friday.

Meanwhile, Wigan’s Sam Powell has received a six-match ban for a crusher tackle.

Kristian Woolf on squad changes

St Helens head coach Kristian Woolf has explained the changes he has made to his squad ahead of their Castleford clash. (St Helens Star)

Nine new faces have been included in the club’s 21-man squad. They are without the likes of James Roby, Jonny Lomax and Tommy Makinson.

Rohan Smith the ‘perfect candidate’

Leeds chief executive Gary Hetherington says new appointment Rohan Smith is the ‘perfect candidate’ to take charge at the club.

Smith, 40, will join Headingley Stadium immediately from reigning Queensland Cup Champions Norths Devils.

READ MORE: Everything Gary Hetherington had to say on new Leeds head coach

Kevin Brown on Smith appointment

Former Super League and England half-back Kevin Brown has had his say on the new appointment with Betfred.

Birthdays

Former NRL, Fiji and Australia forward Petero Civoniceva turns 46 today (April 21).

Also celebrating; Ex-Wales and England international Garreth Carvell (42), former Super League winger Josh Mantellato (35), 19-time Ireland international Tyrone McCarthy (34), twins George and Tom Burgess (30), Wales international Dalton Grant (32), York full-back Matty Marsh (27), St Helens youngster Ben Davies (22).

Trivia

Ben Evans needs one appearance to reach 150 for his career. Bradford take on Featherstone on Monday night, live on Premier Sports.

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