Castleford Tigers suffer Suaia Matagi blow on eve of new season

CASTLEFORD Tigers new signing Suaia Matagi will miss the start of the season after suffering a calf injury.

Delayed debut: Castleford Tigers prop Suaia Matagi, on loan at the club from Huddersfield Giants, will miss the start of the season with a calf injury. Picture Tony Johnson.

The prop, 32, had been brought in on a season-long loan from Huddersfield Giants.

Castleford start against Warrington Wolves in a little over a fortnight’s time but coach Daryl Powell has also now kept Danny Richardson, Liam Watts, George Griffin and Greg Eden out of Sunday’s friendly against Hull KR as an ‘injury precaution.’

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Jack Sanderson, the former Hull FC winger who made three appearances for Castleford last season, has joined Bradford Bulls for the 2021 campaign.

On recruiting the 22 year-old, Bradford coach John Kear said: “He can play one to five and can also kick goals so there is a number of plus points with bringing in a player like Jack.”

Kear will be far from delighted, though, that half-back Jordan Lilley will miss their Challenge Cup tie against Featherstone Rovers and their Championship opener against Sheffield Eagles.

The former Leeds Rhinos player has received a two-match penalty notice for a Grade C dangerous contact in Saturday’s friendly defeat to Swinton Lions.

Meanwhile, the RFL Board has said part-time teams in the Championship will not have to fulfil fixtures at Toulouse Olympique for as long as the UK Government quarantine regulations – which require players and staff to isolate for at least five days on their return from France – remain in place.

Toulouse’s home fixtures against Featherstone and Widnes Vikings, scheduled for May 1 and 8 respectively, are postponed.

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