The NSW Blues have been named for the first game of the 2017 #Origin series.
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Mark Lennon makes a welcome return to the Castleford squad after missing the last five games with a leg injury. Mitch Healey also returns after serving his one match ban whilst Adrian Rainey's loan period has expired and academy youngster Tommy Saxton keeps his place in the squad. Two or three players will be subject to late fitness checks and then Steadman will be able to finalise his seventeen.
Head Coach Graham Steadman said ahead of the game, "It's very important that we maintain our level of consistency over the last two outings as our solid defensive efforts has resulted in us picking up four crucial points. Offensively there is room for improvement but the return of Mitch Healey should give us more balance to our offensive shape."
"The game will be won and lost within the tight six and the Blue Sox are very much a go-forward, in your face and intimidating style of unit and if you allow them to, they will cause you problems. But our main focus has got to be on our performance." Steadman also added.
The Tigers squad to face Halifax is:
Darren Rogers, Mark Lennon, Tommy Saxton, Jon Wells, Waine Pryce, Michael Eagar, BJ Mather, Andy Johnson, Danny Orr, Mitch Healey.
Nathan Sykes, Kyle Warren, Andy Lynch, Michael Smith, Dale Fritz, Lee Harland, Wayne Bartrim, Wayne Godwin and Ryan Hudson.
Young prop David Bates has joined Batley Bulldogs on a loan deal until the end of October.