Featherstone: Maitua finally ready for Rovers bow

Reni Maitua
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FORMER AUSTRALIA Test player Reni Maitua is set to make his long-awaited debut for Featherstone Rovers today.

The 32-year-old, who signed for Rovers before Christmas but was delayed in Australia as he awaited a visa, arrived on Saturday and has been named in the 19-man squad for the visit of Sheffield Eagles in the Kingstone Press Champsionship (kick-off 6pm).

Maitua, who can play centre, in the halves, hooker or loose-forward, made 174 appearances in the NRL for Canterbury, Cronulla and Parramatta.

He has also played three times for Samoa and once for Australia. His arrival is a massive boost for Rovers, who are sixth in the Kingstone Press Championship following Friday’s 24-8 home loss to London Broncos.

Rovers’ three defeats this year have all been at home and another loss would be a major setback to their top-four hopes.

Meanwhile, former Wakefield winger Peter Fox has signed for Championship basement side Doncaster, coached by former Hull KR team-mate Paul Cooke.

The 30-year-old had been linked with a move to hometown club York following his release by Halifax.

Today’s fixtures: First Utility Super League (3pm unless stated): Warrington Wolves v Castleford Tigers (2.45); Hull KR v Huddersfield Giants; Leeds Rhinos v Wakefield Trinity Wildcats; Salford Red Devils v Wigan Warriors; St Helens v Hull FC; Catalans Dragons v Widnes Vikings (5.00).

Kingstone Press Championship: Leigh Centurions v Workington Town (1.30); Dewsbury Rams v Bradford Bulls; Halifax v Hunslet Hawks; London Broncos v Batley Bulldogs; Whitehaven v Doncaster; Featherstone Rovers v Sheffield Eagles.