All four Saints’ players on duty for their country against New Zealand in the USA last weekend are included in Justin Holbrook’s 19-man squad ahead of Friday’s home game against Wakefield Trinity.
So, too, is Luke Thompson who made the 9,000 mile round trip along with Jonny Lomax, Tommy Makinson, Mark Percival and James Roby, without being called upon to play.
We know we have to ensure we play really well to take both pointsJustin Holbrook
The St Helens boss said: “Wakefield are a dangerous and well balanced side. They beat us 24-20 earlier in the season, which was the last occasion we dropped two points, and over the last five or six weeks they have been great, coming close to defeating Warrington Wolves, easily beating Wigan and had a good victory over Widnes Vikings on Sunday.
“They have a big pack of forwards, possess lightning quick outside backs and in Jacob Miller have a good kicker.
“We know we have to ensure we play really well to take both points.”
Holbrook will, therefore, select his 17 from: 1. Jonny Lomax, 2. Tommy Makinson, 3. Ryan Morgan, 4. Mark Percival, 6. Theo Fages, 7. Matty Smith, 9. James Roby, 11. Zeb Taia, 12. Jon Wilkin, 13. Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook, 14. Luke Douglas, 15. Morgan Knowles, 16. Luke Thompson, 17. Dom Peyroux, 18. Danny Richardson, 19. Regan Grace, 20. Matty Lees, 21. Jack Ashworth, 23. Ben Barba.
Chris Chester will choose his Wakefield side from: 2. Tom Johnstone, 3. Bill Tupou, 4. Reece Lyne, 5. Ben Jones-Bishop, 6. Jacob Miller, 7. Liam Finn, 8. David Fifita, 9. Kyle Wood, 10. Anthony England, 11. Matty Ashurst, 13. Tyler Randell, 15. Pauli Pauli, 16. Tinirau Arona, 19. James Batchelor, 20. Keegan Hirst, 21. Max Jowitt, 23. Chris Annakin, 24. Mason Caton-Brown, 25. Ryan Hampshire.
The game, which is being screed live by Sky TV, kicks off at 7.45pm and the referee will be James Child.