New signing Taulima Tautai has been thrown straight into Wakefield Trinity Wildcats’ 19-man squad to face Castleford Tigers at the Etihad Stadium on Saturday (kick-off 2.15pm).
The prop forward only arrived in the country on Wednesday but has impressed Wildcats head coach Richard Agar enough in two training sessions to warrant a spot in the 19-man squad for the crucial Magic Weekend derby.
Ali Lauitiiti has also returned to add more punch to the Wakefield squad after missing last weekend’s defeat at Hull KR, while Matty Wildie is also included. Jon Molloy and Vince Mellars are the men to miss out.
Rangi Chase has been included in Castleford’s squad despite fears over his fitness, while Weller Hauraki returns from a shoulder injury and Dan Fleming is also named by head coach Daryl Powell. Lee Gilmour and Charlie Martin miss out.
Wildcats 19-man squad: Mathers, Fox, Collis, L Smith, Cockayne, T Smith, Poore, Aiton, Raleigh, Lauitiiti, Kirmond, Wood, Amor, Wilkes, Lyne, Wildie, Annakin, Tautai.
Tigers 19-man squad: Owen, Carney, Shenton, Dixon, Chase, Ellis, Walker, Clark, Huby, Hauraki, Millington, Milner, Massey, Holmes, Thompson, Tansey, Fleming, Mason, Boyle.