Rovers captain Spears may have to wait for 300th appearance

Rovers captain Tim Spears. Picture: Carol Austerberry.
Rovers captain Tim Spears. Picture: Carol Austerberry.

Featherstone Rovers captain Tim Spears will have a fitness test before Sunday’s Championship game at Swinton Lions.

Former Batley, Dewsbury and Castleford forward Spears, whose next appearance will be the 300th of his career, missed last Sunday’s 21-20 win against Dewsbury.

Spears has played 177 games for Featherstone since 2009 after making 113 appearances for Batley (2004-2008), six for Dewsbury (2004) and three for Castleford (2003).

Rovers coach Jon Sharp said: “Tim has a bit of a tight calf. We didn’t want to risk him last Sunday because we have a big period coming up over Easter and we need to try to get as many blokes fit going into that as we possibly can. We’ll check on him again this week. If there’s any doubt he won’t play.

“Steve Snitch is probably two weeks away from returning which comes at a good time for us. Hopefully, he’ll be available for the cup tie at London.”

Leeds Rhinos’ injury problems continue to affect the availability of dual-registered players for Rovers.

“Leeds have got their own issues. They are having blokes coming back in and then others dropping out again as happened with Ash Handley and Joel Moon this week,” added Sharp.

“It’s a really bad phase they are going through and it affects the availability for us.”