Trio return to squad ahead of Toulouse trip

Will Hopoate, Regan Grace and Jon Bennison are all back fit and included in Saints 21 man squad ahead of Saturday's clash with Toulouse in France (kick off 6pm local time).

Coach Kristian Woolf confirmed that Grace and Hopoate have all trained over the past two weeks and are in the frame for selection. They come in for Mark Percival, who picked up a minor injury against Warrington, and Josh Simm who drops out.

Bennison has also been cleared to play following his facial fracture sustained in the opening minute of the Castleford game in Easter week. He comes in for Dan Hill.

Woolf explained why the club have taken their time with bringing those back in the fold after learning a harsh lesson from Hopoate’s previous hamstring re-occurrence.

“Will has been training really well for more than three weeks now and moving really well and Regan Grace has been the same. We have been quite cautious and taken a bit of extra time with both of those blokes to make sure we don’t end up in a predicament again.

“We are really confident that they are not just going to be able play this week but be in a position where they will play well and confidently too.

“If you look over the last seven or eight weeks we have had a really disjointed period where 13 or 14 of our top 17 have missed two weeks or more somewhere in that period.

“It has been disruptive, and we have been chopping and changing every week with blokes playing out of position but now we are getting a bit closer to what is our strongest side.

“We are not quite there – but it is not too far away. If we can stay injury free then outside of Doddy we should be able to get everyone back in the next few weeks.”

Saturday’s match against Toulouse is NOT televised, but you can follow all the updates in our Match Centre here and our social media accounts.


1. Jack Welsby, 2. Tommy Makinson, 3. Will Hopoate, 5. Regan Grace, 6. Jonny Lomax, 8. Alex Walmsley, 9. James Roby, 10. Matty Lees, 11. Sione Mata’utia, 12. Joe Batchelor, 13, Morgan Knowles, 14. Joey Lussick, 15. LMS, 16. Curtis Sironen, 17. Agnatius Paasi, 19. Jake Wingfield, 20. James Bell, 22. Ben Davies, 23. Konrad Hurrell, 24. Dan Norman, 27. Jon Bennison.


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