Rinaldi to lead Wakefield Wildcats at St Helens

Julien Rinaldi
Julien Rinaldi

WAKEFIELD Trinity Wildcats head coach John Kear has appointed Julien Rinaldi as captain for the Super League XVI clash at St Helens tomorrow, Friday.

Inspirational skipper Glenn Morrison will miss the game at the Stobart Stadium, Widnes, having sustained a dead leg earlier this week and while the Wildcats boss admits that Morrison, who is expected to return for Good Friday’s derby at Castleford Tigers, will be a “big miss” he is confident that stand-in skipper Rinaldi will step up to the mark.

Kear said: “Julien has demonstrated great leadership qualities and has led the group without the having the title of captain.”

Kevin Henderson returns to the squad having shaken off a foot injury and Kear also expects prop Paul King to feature against Saints, saying: “Provided there are no last-minute hiccups he will have a shirt in the 17.”

Aaron Murphy remains on the sidelines with a quad injury but he should be available for Good Friday’s clash at Castleford.

Michael Korkidas also misses the clash with St Helens but Kear is less confident that the prop will recover from his knee injury in time for the Easter programme.

Kear is looking for his team to build on encouraging performances, saying: “We have been pretty consistent in the last four outings against tough teams.

“We need to continue to improve and show more consistency. I am very happy with how we have improved as a group and as individuals so far this season.”

Read tomorrow’s Wakefield Express for more news from the Wakefield Wildcats.