Championship: Rams’ knee-injury hoodoo strikes down fifth Dewsbury player

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former super League winger/centre Sam Wood has fallen victim to Dewsbury Rams’ knee injury hoodoo.

The ex-Bradford Bulls player was due to feature in Rams’ squad for Sunday’s Kingstone Press Championship game at Hunslet Hawks, but he is out after a highly unusual accident at work.

“All he did was bend down to get a tool out of a tool box, he spun around and felt something go in his knee,” coach Glenn Morrison said.

“It is just one of those things and we seem to be picking up knee injuries at the moment. That’s five out with knee injuries now.”

Wood is due to undergo a scan and his place in the squad for Sunday will be taken by hooker Wayne Godwin.

Hawks half-back Jordan Gale and prop-forward Lewis Reed have joined Hemel Stags on dual-registration.

Featherstone Rovers hope to have Ian Hardman (groin) and Jack Bussey (ankle) available for Sunday’s visit of Bradford Bulls after they missed last weekend’s win at Doncaster.

Sam Irwin, who suffered a dead leg in that game, has trained this week and coach Andy Hay said: “He’s looking fine now so he should be okay.”

Prop Keegan Hirst has recovered from a foot injury and is set to make his first appearance of the season for Batley Bulldogs at home to Halifax on Sunday.