HUDDERSFIELD will return to a top-three spot if they can win at relegation threatened Nuneaton tomorrow (3.00).
With just three National II North League games remaining, Dan Hyde’s team need to get back on the winning track to consolidate their best-ever position, and a visit to the struggling Warwickshire club could be just the chance they need to clock up a 17th win of the campaign.
“It certainly won’t be easy as Nuneaton are fighting for their lives at the moment, but we need to get back to winning ways,” admitted Hyde.
“I’m looking for us to put in a good performance which will set us up nicely for the run-in, plus give us a lift for the Yorkshire Cup second round clash against Bradford & Bingley, which is at Lockwood Park and has provisionally been fixed up for next Wednesday (6.30).”
One man definitely missing for the trip to the Midlands is prop Tony Stringwell, who is the latest Huddersfield player to find himself on paternity duty following fellow prop Laurence Sanderson, whose wife gave birth the previous week.
However, Sanderson is now back in the frame tomorrow, where he will start in the front row with Alex Battye on the bench, with another front rower Paul Armitage and Lee Brown, who has missed the last three games.
Ben Paxman has recovered from his slight concussion and starts at centre to partner Mike Clarke.
Huddersfield: Owen; Ryder, Clark, B Paxman, Hall; Johnson, Hinchliffe; Sanderson, Entressengle, Davies, Hinchliff, Rhodes, Lewis, Hoyle, Sharpe. Subs: Brown, Battye, Duffy, Knight, Armitage.
Saracens head coach Andy Farrell has turned down the offer of a permanent coaching role with England.
The Rugby Football Union had been in negotiations with Saracens after England coach Stuart Lancaster indicated he wanted Farrell as part of his management team.
Farrell had been seconded to England on an interim basis for the RBS 6 Nations and was a key part in transforming the fortunes of the national team.
But England have failed in their bid to lure Farrell away from the Aviva Premiership champions, where he remains under contract for the next two years.
“It has been a special privilege for me to be involved in the Saracens coaching staff for the past two-and-half seasons,” said Farrell.
“We have made decent progress during this period but, in truth, as a club, we have barely scratched the surface of our potential.
“The job isn’t anywhere near half done, and I have decided I want to help finish the job.”
Graham Rowntree will continue as England's forwards coach but Farrell's decision to remain with Saracens is a serious blow to Lancaster's plans.
Lancaster had wanted to keep both Rowntree and Farrell on board as the core of his coaching team.