The Engage Super League X season kicks off on Friday and the six clubs involved in the first three fixtures have announced their 20-man provisional squads.
The announcements are the first of a new system which means each Super League club will provide a 20-man line-up 72 hours in advance of their respective matches and then an 18-man squad 24 hours prior to kick-off.
Sides playing on Saturday will unveil their 20-man squad tomorrow (Wednesday), those playing on Sunday will unveil on Thursday and so on throughout the season to ensure fans are kept up to date.
In the first round of matches, defending champions Leeds Rhinos travel to face Hull FC at the KC Stadium buoyed by their thrilling 39-32 Carnegie World Club Challenge triumph over Australian counterparts Canterbury Bulldogs last week.
New signing Gareth Ellis will be looking to continue his impressive Leeds form, while for Hull Australian winger Nathan Blacklock should become a consistent source of points for the Black and Whites following his move from St George Illawara.
Hull are likely to be without centre Richard Whiting (ankle) for the game and will give late fitness tests to Chris Chester (shoulder) and Garreth Carvell (shoulder).
St Helens entertain Widnes Vikings with another Aussie, Jamie Lyon, determined to make an impact. The former Australia Test centre is looking to rebuild his career in the Engage Super League after becoming disgruntled in his native country.
However, the Saints are down to the bare bones at the moment with Sean Long (knee), Lee Gilmour (shoulder), Jason Hooper (knee) and Keith Mason (leg) all on the treatment table and Kiwi forward Michael Smith announcing his decision to quit the club due to personal reasons.
Wigan Warriors’ home clash with Salford City Reds at the JJB Stadium will see Luke Robinson and David Hodgson reunited with their old team-mates, albeit on opposing sides.
The Reds pair will be hoping to turn over their former employers who have a mini-crisis in the forward line following the unfortunate injuries to Luke Davico (pectoral muscle) and Andy Farrell (knee).
Hull FC v Leeds Rhinos, KC Stadium, Friday 11th February 2005
Hull FC 20-man squad: Briscoe, Blacklock, Yeaman, Raynor, R Horne, Lupton, Dowes, Swain, McMenemy, Cooke, Tony, Thackray, Saxton, Chester, Higgins, Brough, Dixon, McNicholas, G Horne, Hill.
Leeds Rhinos 20-man squad: Mathers, Calderwood, Walker, Senior, Bai, McGuire, Burrow, Bailey, McDermott, Lauitiiti, McKenna, Sinfield, Dunemann, Ward, Poching, McDonald, Jones-Buchanan, Ellis, Botham, Smith.
St Helens v Widnes Vikings, Knowsley Road, Friday 11th February 2005
St Helens 20-man squad: Wellens, Gardner, Lyon, Talau, Albert, J Roby, Long, Fozzard, Higham, Anderson, Graham, Gilmour, P Sculthorpe, Cunningham, Edmondson, Bennett, Wilkin, Hardman.
Widnes Vikings 20-man squad: Hughes, Holmes, Connolly, Emelio, Moule, Whittle, Rowlands, Craigie, Hulse, O’Neill, Cassidy, O’Connor, Stankevitch, Mills, Frame, Finnigan, Fa-alogo, Smith, Whitaker, Millard.
Wigan Warriors v Salford City Reds, JJB Stadium, Friday 11th February 2005
Wigan Warriors 20-man squad: Radlinski, Dallas, Aspinwall, Vaealiki, Wild, Orr, Brown, Moran, Seuseu, D Sculthorpe, Newton, Godwin, Hock, Tickle, O’Loughlin, Hansen, Beswick, Allen, Coyle, Hargreaves.
Salford City Reds 20-man squad: Beverley, Hodgson, Littler, Stewart, Robinson, Coley, Alker, Rutgerson, Baldwin, Charles, Highton, Fitzpatrick, McAvoy, Haggerty, Dickens, Jonkers, Clough, Brocklehurst, McGuinness, Sibbit.