posted on 7 January 2014

The Wildcats are preparing for their second pre-season challenge on Sunday when they visit the Big Fellas Stadium (kick-off: 3pm).

Richard Agar has named a strong squad for the friendly against Featherstone.

Wakefield shared the Heatshot Festive Challenge with Leeds Rhinos after a Bobby Goulding penalty meant an 18-18 draw and will continue preparations for the new season against local neighbours Featherstone Rovers.

Head coach Richard Agar has selected a strong squad and is looking forward to the clash.

“It’ll be a good test for us against a team that has been one of the top sides in the Championship for a few years now.  It’s a local derby so that always adds a bit extra for the crowd and I’m sure there’ll be a good turnout on Sunday.

“We’ll be sending our strongest possible team.  We’ve got a few missing through injury and we’re still waiting for our three overseas guys to arrive but it’ll be good to get another hit-out following on from Boxing Day to continue our preparations for the start of the new season.”

Pita Godinet, Scott Anderson and Matt Ryan are all awaiting their visa’s in Australia whilst Andy Raleigh, Ali Lauitiiti and Lee Smith are all absent through injury.

The squad in full is: Richard Mathers, Peter Fox, Dean Collis, Reece Lyne, Tom Johnstone, Paul Sykes, Matty Wildie, Richard Moore, Paul McShane, Taulima Tautai, Danny Kirmond (c), Lucas Walshaw, Danny Washbrook, Bobby Goulding, Kyle Trout, Chris Annakin, Daniel Smith, Jordan Crowther, Ben Shulver, Max Jowitt.

Featherstone Rovers Head Coach John Bastian added: This is a good challenge for everyone at the club against Super League opposition who are in a full time environment.

“We are hoping for better conditions which are more conducive to playing rugby than the conditions we faced on New Year’s Day against Hunslet Hawks. I’m looking for areas of improvement both with the ball in hand and defensively and Wakefield will provide a stern test.

“We’ll be welcoming Wakefield to the Big Fellas Stadium and I have known Richard Agar for a long time and consider him as a friend following our time at the Milford amateur club. Similarly to ourselves, Wakefield are going through a period of transition in terms of a relatively high turnover of playing staff.

“The coaching staff are looking forward to testing ourselves against one of the best coaches in Super League and I am sure Richard will have a successful 2014 at Wakefield. We feel we can create and be competitive against Wakefield and looking forward to the challenge.”

The game is NOT an all ticket fixture but you can pre-purchase tickets from the club or pay on the gate. Admission is £12 (adults), £6 (concessions) and £4 (juniors).

There is limited hospitality available for the fixture priced at £30. For more information or to book your place please contact Featherstone Rovers Commercial Manager Paul Taylor on 01977 702386 or email

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