St Helens have made two forced changes to their squad as they take on a rejuvenated Catalan Dragons side for a place in the Challenge cup final in Sundays double header at the University of Bolton Stadium, Bolton.
With the Saints riding high at the top of Super league and with all eyes on the treble, Head coach Justin Holbrook has brought in former Lance Todd trophy winner Matty Smith and young utility back Matty Costello into his 19 man squad to replace the injured duo of Dominic Peyroux and Ryan Morgan. Peyroux made a bit of news last week following the revelation he played the final 10 mins of last weeks league game against Warrington with a broken arm, only releasing the severity of the injury when he reported to training the next day.
That means a likely recall for winger Adam Swift with Tommy Makinson replacing Morgan in the centre, while Welsh International Morgan Knowles will likely be a straight swap for Peyroux in the pack.
For the Dragons, head coach Steve McNamara has recalled several of his squad after resting them in last weeks 25-20 defeat to Wigan Warriors as they look to make the final for the first time since 2007, when they were defeated by St Helens in the first final held at the new Wembley stadium.
In comes internationals David Mead, Remi Casty, Ben Garcia, Benjamin Jullien and Lewis Tierney along with the inspirational Josh Drinkwater who has been one of the reasons the Dragons have turned their season after his late arrival to the squad.
Former Australian international Greg Bird, miss out after being hit with a 4 match ban earlier in the week.
This will be the fourth time the clubs have meet in the challenge cup, with St Helens victorious in all three games and only St Helens duo of James Roby and Jon Wilkin remaining at the Saints from that 2007, while Dragons pair of Remi Casty and Vincent Duport remain with the French outfit.
St Helens 19-man squad:
Kyle Amor, Ben Barba, Matty Costello, Luke Douglas, Theo Fages, Regan Grace, Morgan Knowles, Matty Lees, Jonny Lomax, Tommy Makinson, Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook, Mark Percival, Danny Richardson, James Roby, Matty Smith, Adam Swift, Zeb Taia, Luke Thompson, Jon Wilkin.
Catalans Dragons 19-man squad:
Lucas Albert, Louis Anderson, Jason Baitieri, Julian Bousquet, Rémi Casty, Josh Drinkwater, Kenny Edwards, Benjamin Garcia, Tony Gigot, Mickael Goudemand, Benjamin Jullien, Samisoni Langi, David Mead, Michael McIlorum, Sam Moa, Mickael Simon, Lewis Tierney, Brayden Wiliame, Fouad Yaha