THE Exiles have been hit by the loss of Wigan duo Brett Finch and George Carmont for Saturday’s game against England.
Centre Carmont, who scored the match-winning try in last year’s inaugural Origin game at Leeds, and stand-off Finch were both injured in the Warriors’ 36-14 Super League win over Catalan Dragons on Saturday.
As expected, Catalan forwards Lopini Paea and Louis Anderson have also been withdrawn after picking up knocks in the same match, while Huddersfield forward Luke O’Donnell and Warrington hooker Michael Monaghan have finally been confirmed as non-starters due to injury.
Coach Daniel Anderson has called up Wigan front rower Epalahame Lauaki, taking his squad up to 17, and will add an 18th man later today.
Assistant coach Mike Rush welcomed the latest addition to the Exiles squad and says preparations for Saturday’s game have gone well.
“Lauaki is another big man,” he said. “We’re blessed with big men in the middle of the field but we have to use them in the right way.
“The 17 players we’ve got in camp now are really looking forward to it and are really up for it.
“This will hopefully give Steve Mac’s lads the run-out that they need and it will be a fantastic fixture for all the players preparing for the World Cup next year.”
Exiles revised squad: A Laffranchi (St Helens), A Kaufusi (London Broncos), B Hodgson (Warrington, capt), D Millard (Catalan Dragons), D Faiumu (Huddersfield), E Lauaki (Wigan), F Meli (St Helens), J Lima (Wigan), J Monaghan (Warrington), L Hohaia (St Helens), S Dureau Catalan Dragons), S Sa (Catalan Dragons), S Soliola (St Helens), T Leuluai (Wigan), T Puletua (St Helens), T Waterhouse (Warrington), W Manu (Hull).