Leeds Rhinos: Dual reg’ hooker Ward ready to step in at Hawks

Robbie Ward.

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LEEDS RHINOS hooker Robbie Ward could be called into action for Hunslet Hawks this weekend and Castleford Tigers winger James Clare is set for a dual-registration appearance with York City Knights.

Ward, who has recovered from an ankle injury, played for Hawks in pre-season, but has not featured in their Kingstone Press Championship campaign so far. Hawks will be without first-choice hooker Jack Lee for Sunday’s visit of London Broncos and coach Barry Eaton said: “He has a tear in the arch of the instep of his foot. It’s a nasty one, it’s black and blue and he could be out for four weeks.

“That’s a big blow because he had his best game for us last weekend, against Workington. George Flanagan missed out last week and he’ll come back in and we may utilise Robbie Ward on dual-registration.”

Clare, who has played seven Super League games this year, including Tigers’ win at Salford Red Devils last week, is due to make a dual-registration appearance for York in the League One game at Swinton Lions. Tigers coach Daryl Powell said: “Denny Solomona is available now and Sticks (Clare) didn’t have his best game last week. I’m just looking to build some confidence. This gives him the chance to play and I think that’s important for him.”

Meanwhile, Featherstone Rovers coach Andy Hay has confirmed Garreth Carvell’s playing role at the club is unaffected by his link with Salford Red Devils. Carvell has been appointed as player welfare officer at the Super League outfit, but Hay stressed: “He is only doing a day or a day and a half a week there. We train in the evening, we’re not full-time and it doesn’t impact on playing or training with us. We’re happy for him to do it and we have first option on what he does. His allegiance is to Featherstone this year and we’re looking to get some games out of him.”

Carvell will make his home debut against Workington Town on Sunday and Sam Irwin (biceps) and Will Sharp (back) could return after injury.

Dewsbury Rams coach Glenn Morrison is considering recalling Joel Farrell, Scott Hale, Matthew Haggerty and Dalton Grant for Sunday’s visit of Leigh Centurions after they were rested last weekend.

Scott Leatherbarrow and James Craven will return from injury for Batley Bulldogs at home to Workington on Sunday, but Cain Southernwood misses out due to an ankle injury.

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