Big guns back for Leeds clash

Josh Charnley
Josh Charnley

SHAUN Wane will roll out the big guns for Thursday’s visit of Leeds – but captain Sean O’Loughlin will still be absent.

Sam Tomkins, Pat Richards, Matty Smith and Blake Green will all return after being rested for Friday’s 34-33 defeat by Hull FC.

Mike McIlorum, Liam Farrell, Harrison Hansen, Lee Mossop and Josh Charnley will also come back into the frame for the Superman-themed DW clash.

And Centre Darrell Goulding has been given the all-clear to resume action, having been concussed at Wembley a week earlier.

Wane’s only likely absentee is hugely-influential skipper O’Loughlin, who is still nursing a calf injury which has plagued him for several weeks.

O’Loughlin battled through the pain barrier to guide his side to Challenge Cup glory, and coaches hope he will be firing for the play-offs after another week off.

Wane said: “We’re looking good at the minute, we’ve got a fit squad and they’ll come back this week.They’re refreshed after the weekend off – they needed that break because Wembley took a lot out of them emotionally – and they’ll be ready to go. The only one struggling is Lockers, but he’s not far away.”

Wane made 11 changes for last Friday’s match, and was hugely encouraged as his young side pushed Hull FC all the way in a nail-biter.