Broken, but unbowed: West plans Fax return

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Halifax captain Dwaine West hopes to return to the side for this weekend’s home game against Ossett in Yorkshire Four.

West missed last weekend’s 31-8 Silver Trophy success over Stanley Rodillians, a win that has set up a tie at Yorkshire Three outfit Northallerton in the next round, with a broken nose.

“It still needs an operation, but they’re planning to do that when I’ve finished playing now,” said West.

“They’ve drilled the airways out so I can breathe, and hopefully I will be back playing tomorrow.

“Hopefully we’ll have Ben Benn back as well.

“I think the only real doubt is Mark Heppenstall, who got a bang on the leg last week, so we’ll take a look at him later in the week.”

Halifax slipped to fourth in the division after losing their promotion showdown with second-placed Stocksbridge a fortnight ago.

“Realistically, you’d think the promotion places have gone now,” said West.

“We’d be relying on Stocksbridge to slip up quite badly and personally I can’t see that happening.

“The positive for us is that there’s no pressure on us now, which is something we have talked about in training.

“We will just go out there, enjoy our rugby, and see where is gets us.”

Calderdale’s other Yorkshire Four side, Halifax Vandals, host Humberside outfit Hessle.

The Warley outfit currently sit in eighth on the league ladder, although they are only seven points clear of tomorrow’s visitors, who are bottom going into this weekend’s round of fixtures.

England have named an unchanged starting XV and bench for Saturday’s RBS 6 Nations clash with Scotland at Murrayfield.

Having announced on Tuesday that he would keep faith with the 23 that slipped to a late 26-24 defeat by France, head coach Stuart Lancaster has also opted to retain the same line-up.

“It’s good to be able to select the same players and they are all determined to put last week’s result behind them,” he said.