Saints new boy Peyroux to miss birth of second child for pre-season

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Father-to-be Dominique Peyroux has sacrificed a life-defining moment to pull on Saints' famous red-vee shirt and play in the club's two pre-season friendlies.

The 26-year-old Cook Island and Samoan international's partner, Grace, is expecting their second child back in Australian but rather than jetting to the other side of the globe to witness the happy occasion he will remain in St Helens and feature in Sunday's first warm-up match of the season against Dewsbury Rams at Langtree Park and the following weekend’s home fixture with neighbours Widnes Vikings, in which the Karalius Cup will be at stake.

This shows how committed Dom is to the club, but I’ve told him I can’t guarantee him a first team spot and want to see how he shapes

Saints head coach Keiron Cunningham

The former New Zealand Warriors player, who joined Saints on a two-year contract, will stay in touch with events Down Under via Skype.

Head coach Keiron Cunningham said: “This shows how committed Dom is to the club, but I've told him I can't guarantee him a first team spot and want to see how he shapes up. He is essentially a centre but can play in the back row.”

Saints other three major signings, Theo Feges, Lami Tasi and Jack Owens, will also be given a run out on Sunday in what will be a strong looking squad despite the absence of Jonny Lomax, Shannon McDonnell, Alex Walmsley and Adam Swift, who are all injured.

“I will mix and match the players on the day and see how it goes,” said Cunningham.

He plans to hand the full-back shirt to former Widnes Vikings youngster Owens to plug a gap left by the absence of both Lomax and McDonnell, although the latter is expected to be fit for the start of Super League.

“I had been keeping an eye on Jack for quite a while but to be honest I was shocked when Widnes allowed him to leave,” added Cunningham.

“Since he joined us he has been sensational in training and Widnes' loss is definitely our gain.”

Owens said: “I know I have got to earn the right to play in the team first and foremost.

“I've got to prove to the players and coaches that I deserve a place and if I get my chance I will try to hold on to that spot.

“I loved playing for my home town club Widnes but it's now time to fight for my spot at St Helens.”

Tickets for the match, which kicks off at 3pm are priced at just £10 (adult), £8 (concession and 16-21) and £5 (junior) in both the Hattons Solicitors West and Solarking South Stands.