Featherstone Rovers: New boys set to start

Featherstone Rovers coach Daryl Powell looks set to hand debuts to Tony Tonks and Liam Finn in tomorrow's Northern Rail Cup tie at home to Sheffield Eagles (kick-off 3pm).

The postponement of last week's opening round match against Hunslet Hawks gave Tonks (calf) and last season's Co-op Championship One player of the season Finn (back) an extra week to recover from their respective knocks.

But the Eagles clash has still come too soon for Rovers' new Papua New Guinean recruit Jessie Joe Parker (ankle).

Ambitious Featherstone are considered one of the favourites to lift the Northern Rail Cup this season but coach Daryl Powell remains focused on the short term.

He said: "We've got a tough four group games and we've got to make sure we don't come unstuck."

Meanwhile, Matty Brooks and Peter Green could both feature for Sheffield, despite recent elbow injuries, while Trevor Exton (finger) and Ashley Thackeray (jaw) will face late fitness tests.

Eagles coach Mark Aston admitted to being frustrated by last week's cold snap but remains focused on tomorrow's trip to the Bigfellas Stadium.

Aston said: "The bad weather has disrupted our preparation but it's the same for the other clubs."

FEATHERSTONE ROVERS (home to Sheffield Eagles): Lynch, Divorty, Welham, Tonks, Saxton, Steel, Smeaton, Dickens Morrison, Kain, Finn, Lee, Hardman, Spears, Grayshon, Dale, Field, Briggs, Manning.

Referee: Ronnie Laughton (Barnsley).

KICK OFF: 3pm.

Alex Walmsley.

Not playing actually made me a better player, admits Walmsley