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Morley avoids ban for Tri-Nations

GREAT Britain forward Adrian Morley is set to play in the Tri-Nations Series after receiving a seven-match ban from the Australian NRL.Morley has been suspended after using his knees in a tackle during Sydney Roosters' 25-0 defeat by Canterbury.He pleaded guilty to the charge, and will miss the Roosters' last six games of the season.Great Britain also have a warm-up match in Australia before the start of the Tri-Nations on 28 October.The news he will be available for the Tri-Nations will be a welcome boost for Great Britain coach Brian Noble.Morley has a poor disciplinary record and could have received a lengthy ban.He has missed 19 weeks through suspension since joining the Roosters in 2001.In the opening Test of the 2003 Ashes Series he was sent off after just 12 seconds for using his elbow in the first tackle of the match.Morley will return to England next season to play for Warrington in Super League. Source:

Wakefield split with coach Smith

WAKEFIELD have parted company with head coach Tony Smith with immediate effect.

Dragons say Mogg deal is still on

CATALANS Dragons have insisted they are unconcerned by reports suggesting centre Adam Mogg could remain with his present side Canberra Raiders.

Salford clinch Edmondson signing

SALFORD City Reds have signed former St Helens prop Mark Edmondson on a two-year deal from Sydney Roosters.

Leeds secure early Toopi release

KIWI Test centre Clinton Toopi has been granted an early release from his New Zealand Warriors contract to join Leeds for the rest of the season.

Leigh beat Hull KR in Cup Final

IT was a glorious day in Blackpool and a glorious game of rugby league at New Craven Park as Leigh Centurions beat Hull Kingston Rovers 22-18 in the Northern Rail Cup Final.

Pryce ruled out for whole season

CASTLEFORD winger Waine Pryce will not play again this season after it was confirmed he broke both his tibia and fibula during the defeat by Harlequins.

McDermott replaces Rea at Quins

HARLEQUINS have appointed Leeds assistant coach Brian McDermott to replace head coach Tony Rea.

Rhinos chase an early Toopi

LEEDS Rhinos hope to secure an early arrival of Kiwi and New Zealand Warriors centre Clinton Toopi so he can join them in time to boost their squad for the Super League title run-in. Toopi was due to arrive at Headingley on a three-year deal from next season.

GB v NZ set for Knowsley Rd

WILLIE Poching has won another New Zealand call-up for Wednesday morning's one-off international against Great Britain in St Helens.The 32-year-old former Vodafone Warrior was brought into the touring team last year to appear against England A. Now coach Brian McClennan has turned to him again, bringing him into his 18-man team for the Knowsley Road test. Poching's late inclusion follows more selection problems for McClennan after losing St Helens prop Jason Cayless and his clubmate Francis Meli to injury after the weekend's English Super League matches. Other test team contenders prop Joe Vagana (Bradford Bulls) and second rower Logan Swann (Warrington Wolves) are also unavailable through injury as is Swann's team-mate Paul Rauhihi. Vodafone Warriors great Stacey Jones has been chosen as captain. The 30-year-old half back has regained the captaincy in the absence of Ruben Wiki and Nigel Vagana, who led the Kiwis in the Anzac Test last month. The Kiwi 18-man team:Vinnie ANDERSON St Helens Monty BETHAM Wakefield Trinity Alex CHAN Le Catalans Henry FA'AFILI Warrington Harrison HANSEN Wigan Shontayne HAPE Bradford Stacey JONES (C) Les Catalans David KIDWELL Melbourne Ali LAUITI'ITI Leeds Iafeta PALEAAESINA Wigan Robbie PAUL Huddersfield Willy POCHING Leeds Ben ROBERTS Canterbury David SOLOMONA Wakefield Willie TALAU St Helens Motu TONY Hull Clinton TOOPI Warriors Lesley VAINIKOLO Bradford Meanwhile Great Britain coach, Brian Noble has shown faith in recently injured St Helens player Paul Sculthorpe who finally gets to captain the Lions as they take on New Zealand in the XXXX Test on his home ground at Knowsley Road.The St Helens forward was named Britain skipper in succession to Andy Farrell last year but was forced to miss the autumn Tri-Nations Series through injury.Noble acknowledges Sculthorpe's performances for Saints have been below par of late but he feels that could all change once the Test gets underway."This is the kind of game that can spark anyone up. It would certainly spark me up if I was selected for a Test jumper and being captain of my country as well." says Noble."You can turn your form around in one game and this might be the catalyst." Sculthorpe's Saints team-mate Leon Pryce will revert to the left wing after Gareth Raynor's withdrawal with a shoulder injury, with Danny McGuire likely to start at stand-off. Centre Martin Gleeson is set to be included despite missing the last two Warrington games with a broken finger, while prop Adrian Morley could start barely 24 hours after arriving in the country from Australia. The 18-man Great Britain squad:P Sculthorpe (St Helens, capt)S O'Loughlin (Wigan)T Newton (Bradford)J Peacock (Leeds)L Gilmour (St Helens)D McGuire (Leeds)J Graham (St Helens)R Burrow (Leeds)P Wellens (St Helens)A Gardner (St Helens)M Gleeson (Warrington)K Senior (Leeds)L Pryce (St Helens)S Long (St Helens)S Fielden (Wigan)K Cunningham (St Helens)A Morley (Sydney Roosters)G Ellis (Leeds). Both coaches were planning to name their match-day 17s just an hour before kick-off.Live coverage in New Zealand will commence at 6.55am on Sky Sport 1, Wednesday 28 June 2006, 8.00pm UK time Tues 27 June.

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