Leeds Rhinos bruised and battered players all-clear to face Catalans Dragons in Wheelchair Rugby League Challenge Cup final

LEEDS RHINOS’ England players will be available for Saturday’s Betfred Wheelchair Rugby League Challenge Cup final against Catalans Dragons, player-coach James Simpson says.

By Peter Smith
Wednesday, 22nd June 2022, 11:45 am

Leeds’ Tom Halliwell, Nathan Collins and Josh Butler all played for England in last Sunday’s 62-48 Test win over world champions France, whose line-up included Dragons players Damien Dore and Arno Vargas.

That was a tough encounter and Collins was icing a sore shoulder afterwards, but Simpson said: “In top-level wheelchair rugby league people get bruised and battered.

“The three players are taking a few days off to rest and recover, no gym sessions, just getting iced up.

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“With Nathan, it was just precautionary, he played 65 minutes and that’s a lot of pushing through your shoulders.

“Everyone should be fit for it and the tricky thing at the moment is keeping them out of the gym and getting them to chill out and relax.”

Catalans’ squad for this weekend’s showpiece in Hull also includes Seb Bechara who was crowned player of the match for England against France.

Simpson, who was on media duty, presented the award and revealed: “I did what I could to get him ready for England, but now that game’s over I’ve stopped talking to him until after the weekend.”