HULL are without Nathan Blacklock as they look to get back to winning ways at home to engage Super League bottom side Harlequins.Blacklock is sidelined with a knee injury but Paul Cooke is available despite a court appearance on Monday. Coach John Kear is boosted by the return to fitness of Ewan Dowes (hamstring) and Chris Chester (shoulder and quad injuries).Luke Dorn returns to the Harlequins squad after overcoming a hamstring injury but a similar problem continues to rule out Mark McLinden.Filimone Lolohea also comes into contention for Tony Rea's side, who are still searching for their first win of the new campaign.Hull FC v Harlequins RL, KC Stadium, Friday March 3 2006Hull 18-man squad: Briscoe, Brough, Carvell, Chester, Cooke, Domic, Dowes, R. Horne, King, Lupton, McMenemy, Radford, Raynor, Swain, Thackray, Tony, Whiting, Yeaman.Harlequins RL 18-man squad: Bradley-Qalilawa, Dorn, Gafa, Haumono, Heckenberg, Hopkins, Leuluai, Lolohea, Lucky Luisi, Mbu, Mills, Purdham, Smith, Sykes, Temata, Tookey, Weisner, Williams.Referee: A Klein
LEEDS Rhinos coach Tony Smith welcomes Lee Smith back into his squad for the home meeting with Castleford Tigers.The winger has been included in the 18-man squad after missing last week's defeat at St Helens with an ankle injury.Danny Williams, who made his debut as Smith's deputy, has retained his place in the squad although Gareth Ellis is out following minor knee surgery.Castleford prop Danny Ward is ruled out of making an instant return to the club that sacked him in January by a knee injury although Matt Whitaker (ankle) returns for the Tigers.Richie Fa'asao misses out withdrawing from last week?s win over Catalans with a shoulder problem. Coach Terry Matterson has left out prop Keith Mason.Leeds Rhinos v Castleford Tigers, Headingley, Friday March 3 2006Leeds 18-man squad: Mathers, Donald, Walker, Senior, Smith, McGuire, Burrow, Bailey, Diskin, Peacock, Lauitiiti, Sinfield, Millard, Poching, Feather, Ablett, Kirke, Williams.Castleford 18-man squad: Platt, Pryce, Shenton, Dyer, Blanch, Handforth, Kain, Sculthorpe, Henderson, Nutley, Haughey, Bird, Huby, Whitaker, Viane, McGoldrick, Boyle, Fletcher.Referee: P Bentham
SALFORD welcome back John Wilshere from a one-match suspension as they prepare for the visit of Wigan Warriors.Luke Robinson, who has missed the start of the season with shin splints, is hoping to feature and Stephen Myler may also come into contention. Kevin McGuinness remains on the sidelines.Wigan are likely to select from the same 18 that made the final squad for last week?s win over Huddersfield. Danny Orr will hope for a recall to the side after being dropped for the last two matches.Second rowers Bryan Fletcher and Gareth Hock are making progress but are still about three weeks away from featuring.Salford City Reds v Wigan Warriors, The Willows, Friday March 3 2006Salford 18-man squad: Fitzpatrick, Hodgson, Moule, Dunemann, Robinson, Coley, Alker, Rutgerson, Finnigan, Charles, Highton, Langi, Wilshere, Haggerty, Littler, Clough, Baldwin, Brocklehurst.Wigan 18-man squad: Ashton, Calderwood, Vaealiki, Richards, Dallas, Orr, Moran, Logan, Higham, Hargreaves, Tickle, Hansen, O?Loughlin, Paleaaesina, Seu Seu, Godwin, Brown, Tomkins.Referee: K Kirkpatrick
WARRINGTON Wolves have mixed news on the injury front heading into their home clash with engage Super League leaders St Helens.Wolves are still without Stuart Reardon (hand) and Paul Rauhihi (hamstring) but Rob Parker (ankle) and Andy Bracek (virus) are ready to return.Michael Sullivan will hope for a Warrington recall after being left out of the starting line-up for the last two games.Saints must make do without captain Paul Sculthorpe, who is suspended after a striking offence against Leeds last week.Prop James Graham is also out as he sits out the first game of a two-match suspension and fellow front-rower Nick Fozzard is out for up to six weeks with medial ligament damage.Mike Bennett (shoulder) is in training but not ready to be considered.Warrington Wolves v St Helens, Halliwell Jones Stadium, Friday March 3 2006Warrington 18-man squad: Grose, Fa?afili, M. Gleeson, Kohe-Love, Briers, Sullivan, Leikvoll, Clarke, Hilton, Wainwright, Noone, M. Gleeson, Westwood, Wood, Lima, Barnett, Bracek, Bridge.St Helens 18-man squad: P. Anderson, V. Anderson, Bennett, Cayless, Cunningham, Fa?asavalu, Gardner, Gilmour, Hardman, Hooper, Long, Lyon, Meli, Pryce, Roby, Talau, Wellens, Wilkin.Referee: I Smith
WESTS Tigers captain Scott Prince has this morning informed coaching staff and team members of his decision to head back to Queensland and play for the Gold Coast Titans from 2007.Whilst yet to sign a deal, Prince will firm up the details over the weekend and is understood to have agreed to a four-year term at the new NRL club.He will join a strong group of players who have already signed for the club including Preston Campbell, Luke Bailey and Brian Carney.
THIS Saturday (4th March) 2SER FM?s ?A View from the Hill? will be returning to the airwaves and taking calls from listeners on whatever you would like to talk about in Rugby League.The panel will be discussing the very exciting 2006 NRL season coming up in less than a week.An innovative and sometimes controversial radio program, ?A View from the Hill? can be heard Saturdays from 11am-12 Noon (AEST) on FM band 107.3Supporters wishing to air their views can phone in to the show on 02 9211-1977.The show can also be heard online at: http://www.2ser.com/streaminglink.html
THE South Sydney Rabbitohs is pleased to announce its teams for Round 8 to take on the Newcastle Knights this Saturday, May 1 at EnergyAustralia Stadium.
THE Vodafone Warriors have announced that second-rower Ali Lauitiiti has requested the release from his contract with the club that was offered to him last week.
NORTH Queensland Cowboys coach Graham Murray has named his team to take on the Parramata Eels at Parramatta Stadium on Saturday night at 7-30 pm.
This is a must win game for the Cowboys following their loss to the Storm last weekend.
The team is;
NO Bulldogs players are expected to be charged over allegations that six of them gang raped a woman at a Coffs Harbour hotel.
MITSUBISHI Electric Bulldogs coach Steve Folkes has made just the one change to the Bulldogs team that defeated the Rabbitohs yesterday for this Sunday's blockbuster at Telstra Stadium against the Brisbane Broncos.
PARRAMATA Eels coach Brian Smith has named his team to plat the North Queensland Cowboys at Parramata Stadium on Saturday evening.
The team is;
BACK-ROWER Awen Guttenbeil will return from a rib cartilage injury to lead the Vodafone Warriors in their Round 8 clash against the Melbourne Storm at Ericsson Stadium this Sunday. Guttenbeil has been cleared by the club?s medical staff after missing the side?s previous match against the Bulldogs.
CANBERRA Raiders coach Matthew Elliott has named his side for this Sunday's round 8 NRL blockbuster against the Sydney Roosters.
THE weekly column here at Leagueunlimited is to highlight what we here on the site think are the best players in each round of the 2004 NRL competition.
Based on the opinion received from the Leagueunlimited.com live updaters, we have put together what we think is the team of the Round 7.