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Castleford preview (Round 15)
Castleford have ex-Wigan prop Danny Sculthorpe making his comeback from a broken thumb against Warrington at the Halliwell Jones Stadium.
The 26-year-old brother of Great Britain skipper Paul Sculthorpe created a favourable impression at the start of the season, helping the newly-promoted Tigers to three wins from their first six games.
But they won just two of their eight matches in Sculthorpe?s absence and coach Terry Matterson is looking forward to the return of the ball-playing prop.
?He could have played last time but he has been out for 10 weeks and I just thought with the extra week off we?d make sure,? he said.
?We had to be careful with him and ease him back a little. He?s a vital part of our team.
?He is experienced and he gives us a lot of other options. His aggression is really good for us as well. He?s a popular member of the team and it?s good to have him back.?
Castleford lost 64-6 at home to the Wolves over Easter but Matterson is hoping some of the success of rugby league?s most decorated player can rub off o to his players.
Wigan and Great Britain legend Shaun Edwards, now coach of top union side Wasps, spent a day with the Tigers this week.
?He came to look at us train and have a look how we operate,? said Matterson, a former London Broncos team-mate of Edwards. ?He?s always looking for new ideas.
?It?s certainly not going to hurt. I respect his knowledge and his ability.?
Warrington also had a pep talk from a famous name this week when former world heavyweight boxing champion Evander Holyfield visited the Halliwell-Jones Stadium.
The four-times world champion was in town on a whistle-stop tour of the area and spoke to the players and coaching staff.
Warrington v Castleford, Halliwell Jones Stadium, Sunday May 28
Warrington 18-man: Grose, M. Gleeson, Barnett, Sullivan, Reardon, Fa?afili, Wood, Briers, Clarke, Hilton, Swann, Wainwright, Grix, Westwood, Pickersgill, Lima, M. Gleeson, Bracek.
Castleford 18-man: Platt, Pryce, Shenton, Blanch, Handforth, Sculthorpe, Henderson, Nutley, Roarty, Bird, Huby, Whitaker, Viane, Fa?aoso, Manu, McGoldrick, Ward, Lupton.
Ref: R Laughton