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Great Britan v New Zealand A -
Barrie McDermott has warned young pretender Paul Wood: "Keep your hands off my Great Britain shirt" ahead of the Ashes Series warm-up against New Zealand A.
The Leeds Rhinos front-rower will pack down with the rookie at Headingley knowing the pair could be battling for a Test spot in the Think! Road Safety Test Series with Australia.
Gareth Ellis, the Wakefield centre or second-rower, and Castleford utility forward Ryan Hudson are the other uncapped players out to impress on the night.
The match is Britain's only chance of a competitive hit-out before the real action begins against the kangaroos and coach David Waite will use it to try out a few positional try outs as well as giving much-needed match practice to players whose season ended a month ago.
New Zealand A coach Gerard Stokes has delayed selection of his team because of a number of injuries in the tourists' camp.
The Kiwis' biggest doubts are captain Shane Beyers, who has seen a specialist about a shoulder injury, and three-quarter Vila Apuula, who was having X-rays after sustaining an eye injury in Sunday's game against Warrington.