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Scruton returns as Wakefield aim to end Warrington’s unbeaten start

Wakefield are boosted by the return of experienced prop Nick Scruton when they face Warrington at the Halliwell Jones Stadium on Friday.

The former Leeds and Bradford player will captain the side in the continued absence of Danny Kirmond as the Wildcats look to win their second consecutive match following their 14-12 victory over Hull KR last Sunday.

Bill Tupou and Scott Anderson both picked up injuries in that game and are sidelined with Anthony Walker recalled to the 19-man squad.

Former Warrington player Anthony England returns to the Halliwell Jones Stadium for the first time since leaving in the off-season.

Wakefield head coach Brian Smith has criticised the five day preparation period his side have had for the fixture against his brother Tony’s Warrington team.

As the Wolves do not have to participate in the 5th round of the Challenge Cup they didn’t play last weekend and go into the game refreshed as they seek to maintain their unbeaten start to the campaign.

Ben Westwood is suspended for the game but is set to be sidelined for six weeks after undergoing ankle surgery.

The Wolves thrashed Wakefield in the corresponding fixture last year 80-0 in one of James Webster’s final games in charge as head coach.

Brian Smith has steadied the ship since taking over and will be rallying his players as they attempt to cause an upset on Friday night.

Warrington Wolves 19-man squad: Ryan Atkins, Daryl Clark, Jordan Cox, Ben Currie, Brad Dwyer, Rhys Evans, Kurt Gidley, Chris Hill, Jack Hughes, Benjamin Julien, George King, Tom Lineham, Kevin Penny, Joe Philbin, Matty Russell, Chris Sandow, Ashton Sims, Joe Westerman, Gary Wheeler.

Wakefield Trinity Wildcats 19-man squad: Chris Annakin, Tinirau Arona, Joe Arundel, Matty Ashurst, Anthony England, Liam Finn, Craig Hall, Stuart Howarth, Ben Jones-Bishop, Tom Johnstone, Reece Lyne, Jacob Miller, Jon Molloy, Nick Scruton, Mickael Simon, Michael Sio, Anthony Tupou, Jason Walton, Anthony Walker.

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