England international and One club professional James Roby will lead his team out for the first time as the official club captain when they take on last years walk away league leaders Castleford Tiger as the Totally Wicked Stadium on Friday!
In what is expected to be a huge opening weekend clash, following Castleford’s golden point win over Saints in last year’s semi-final, both teams will be hoping to take early points off one of the teams that are expected to be challenging for the honours come next October.
St Helens head coach Justin Holbrook has a fully fit squad to choose from and with it the selection head aches over who will start at Half back as Jonny Lomax, Theo Fages, Matty Smith and Danny Richardson all showing good form in their warm up games.
Marquee player Ben Barba as had a full pre season behind him and is expected to show exactly why he as won the Dally M award twice in the NRL. There is no place in the match day squad for Saints only off season Signing James Bentley.
Castleford Tigers boss Daryl Powell will be looking to give new recruits James Green and Joe Wardle their club Debuts, while Half back Jamie Ellis is in line for his second debut after returning to the club during the off season.
Prop forward Green has impressed during the off season since his move from relegated Leigh Centurions, while Scottish International Wardle returns from an unsuccessful stint in the NRL with Newcastle Knights.
With Zak Hardaker still unavailable Half back Ben Roberts is expected to fill in at Fullback this season with Ellis and the impressive academy product Jake Trueman both looking to partner last season Man of Steel Luke Gale in the halves.
St Helens (from): Lomax, Makinson, Morgan, Percival, Fages, Smith, Walmsley, Roby, Amor, Taia, Wilkin, McCarthy-Scarsbrook, Douglas, Knowles, Thompson, Peyroux, Richardson, Grace, Barba.
Castleford (from): Cook, Eden, Ellis, Gale, Green, Holmes, Massey, McMeeken, McShane, Millington, Milner, Minkin, Moors, Roberts, Sene-Lefao, Shenton, Trueman, Wardle, Webster