GREAT Britain rugby league centre Keith Senior is out of the third Ashes test against Australia after undergoing surgery on a hand injury suffered in Saturday's second test.
AUSTRALIAN winger Brett Dallas has agreed to take a pay cut to stay at Wigan.
GREAT Britain assistant coaches Brian Noble and Graham Steadman are delighted with the Lions' preparations for the First Test of the Think! Road Safety Ashes Series.
The Lions faced the England A side in an 'opposed session' at Salford on Wednesday morning as they step up their training ahead of Saturday's Ashes opener.
GORDEN Tallis has taken his talent and aggression into representative retirement but the Kangaroos have a ready made replacement for the 'Raging Bull' in Michael Crocker, according to Australian coach Chris Anderson.
GREAT Britian coach David Waite hopes to have a full squad to select from for Saturday's Think! Road Safety First Test against Australia at The JJB Stadium, Wigan.
The Lions saw captain Andy Farrell and loose forward Paul Sculthorpe sit out the clash with New Zealand A last Wednesday with respective knee and calf injuries.
AUSTRALIAN coach Chris Anderson has named his team for the opening Think! Road Safety Ashes Test, at Wigan on Saturday, and includes Sydney Roosters' Craig Wing at centre in Ryan Girdler's absence.
The Kangaroos lost Girdler, the exerienced Penrith centre, with a recurrence of a calf muscle injury in Sunday's 76-4 win over Wales.
RUSSIAN coach Evgeny Klebanov believes that Sunday's European Nations Cup clash with England A at Odsal will be a great experience for his team.
The Russian side lost their opening fixture 74-4 at Wales last week, and come up against an England A side who suffered a narrow defeat to Australia on Tuesday.
GREAT Britain gained a useful work-out ahead of the Ashes Series with a convincing 52-18 win over New Zealand A, but Kiwi full-back Lusi Sione grabbed the individual honours with a hat-trick of tries.
ANDY Farrell's chances of leading Great Britain in the Think! Road Safety Ashes Series have been boosted after he was cleared to return to training following a knee injury.
The Wigan Warriors loose forward played during the latter stages of the Tetley's Rugby Super League Play-Offs with the knee injury, but has not run fully since the Grand Final 11 days ago.
PENRITH Panthers centre Ryan Girdler will make his first appearance of the Think! Road Safety Kangaroo Tour when they face Wales in Bridgend on Sunday, while Phil Bailey and Shane Webcke return from injury for the clash.
Girdler, 31, has not played since the NRL Grand Final at the start of October, when he suffered a calf injury.