Micky off the hook

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MICKY McIlorum won’t face a ban for his red-card punch on Bradford’s Olivier Elima.

The RFL yesterday charged the Warriors hooker with striking.

But as it is a Grade A offence carrying a punishment tariff of between 0-1 games, McIlorum was able to avoid a ban by entering an early guilty plea.

He won’t even face a fine for the punch, the only repercussion being he will lose his right to any future early pleas for the next 12 months.

That comes as a big relief for Shaun Wane, who is desperate to get his side firing on all cylinders in Sunday’s Super League encounter at Wakefield to ensure they don’t “limp” into their Challenge Cup semi-final tie against Leeds the following week.

Wane, meanwhile, has expressed his sadness at the sacking of 16 members of staff at cash-strapped Bradford Bulls.

Coach Mick Potter is among those out of work after administrators took drastic action.

Wane said: “My heart goes out to them. It’s terrible.

“There are a lot of good people there, I was chatting to some of them just last Friday after the game, and for them to lose their jobs is awful – and very sad for the game.”

Warriors winger Anthony Gelling will find out this lunch-time whether he has made the cut for the Exiles’ game against England tomorrow.

The Kiwi is in Daniel Anderson’s squad but would appear unlikely to make the final cut, when the Aussie names his line-up today.

Prop Epa Lauaki is also in consideration.

Three Wigan players will be in the England side.

The Evening Post exclusively revealed yesterday that Liam Farrell had been called-up to replace his Wigan team-mate Gareth Hock, who withdrew for unspecified reasons.

Farrell has been named on the bench for Steve McNamara’s team, alongside prop Lee Mossop.

Warriors’ Josh Charnley will start the match on the wing.