Luke Walsh back for Widnes clash

Luke Walsh will be back for Saints' clash with Widnes
Luke Walsh will be back for Saints' clash with Widnes

Aussie scrum-half Luke Walsh is back in Saints' 19-man squad ahead of Friday night's home game against neighbours Widnes Vikings after a four-match absence due to injury.

Centre/winger Matty Dawson is also included in the squad but both Adam Swift and Dominique Peyroux are missing through injury.

Head coach Keiron Cunningham said: "We have three really tough games coming up before the split. We will be treating all of them like a Grand Final but naturally only focusing on one at a time, starting this Friday.”

Cunningham added: “We've simply got to concentrate on week-by-week rugby because you don't know what the immediate future will bring.

“Widnes will provide tough opposition and will be buoyed by their impressive win at Leeds on Sunday.”

Cunningham will select his 17 from: 1. Jonny Lomax, 3. Jordan Turner, 4. Mark Percival, 7. Luke Walsh, 8. Alex Walmsley, 9. James Roby, 10. Kyle Amor, 11. Atelea Vea, 12. Jon Wilkin, 13. Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook, 15. Greg Richards, 17. Luke Thompson, 20. Joe Greenwood, 21. Matty Dawson, 22. Jack Owens, 23. Shannon McDonnell, 24. Matty Fleming, 27. Jack Ashworth, 28. Morgan Knowles.

Denis Betts will select his Widnes side from: 1. Rhys Hanbury, 2. Corey Thompson, 4. Charly Runciman, 5. Patrick Ah Van, 6. Kevin Brown, 7. Joe Mellor, 9. Lloyd White, 10. Manase Manuokafoa, 11. Chris Houston, 13. Hep Cahill, 14. Chris Dean, 17. Stefan Marsh, 18. Gil Dudson, 19. Macgraff Leuluai, 22. Matt Whitley, 24. James Chapelhow, 32. Connor Farrell, 36. Jack Buchanan, 37. Greg Burke.

The game kicks off at 8pm and the referee is Gareth Hewer.