Rovers announce squad for Castleford pre-season game

Former Castleford Tigers player and assistant coach Andy Hay is now Featherstone's head coach.
Former Castleford Tigers player and assistant coach Andy Hay is now Featherstone's head coach.

Featherstone Rovers have announced a provisional 22 man squad for the pre-season game at Castleford Tigers on Sunday.

The squad is:

Kyran Johnson, Ian Hardman, Paul Sykes, Ben Blackmore, Thomas Minns, Jamie Cording, Will Sharp, Jack Coventry, Gareth Moore, Jack Bussey, Sam Irwin, Luke Teasdale, Andy Ellis, Luke Walsmey, Matty James, Mason Tonks, Will Milner, Tommy Newbold, George Merchant, James Lockwood, Alex Foster and Jordan Baldwinson.

Rovers head coach Andy Hay, the former Castleford Tigers player and assistant coach, said: “The squad will be reduced to 20 on Saturday morning but it’s a strong squad.

“We’ve got a number of players recovering from injury but everyone who has been selected is raring to go and looking forward to the fixture.

“Pre-season is a tough period for players both physically and mentally. They’ve been training hard for six to seven weeks looking forward to playing some rugby.

“Hopefully Rovers fans will make the short trip to Castleford and cheer us on. I wish all Rovers supporters a Merry Christmas and hope to see as many of you as possible after the game back in the Cappers Bar for the players Christmas party.”

The Cappers Bar at the Big Fellas Stadium will be open from 5pm on Sunday for fans returning from Castleford. Players will also be in attendance from 6pm onwards.