Halifax back rower Ross Divorty could be asked to play two games in 24 hours next weekend after being named in Wales’ 21 man selection for their clash with France in Wrexham on Saturday afternoon.
Divorty, one of the success stories of last year’s Four Nations campaign, could then back up at the Shay the following day when Fax host Barrow (3.0) in the last eight of the Northern Rail Cup.
“Ross is very likely to be playing for Wales,” said Fax coach Karl Harrison. “It’s a full international so we can’t do anything about it.
“He’s a fit kid though and he can probably double up on the Sunday if we need him to.
“It’s obviously a very important game for us and we need to give ourselves the best chance we can.
“Having said that, we have other players in the squad who are available so it might be that we decide to do without Divorty for the day.”
One headache Harrison will not have to contend with is the absence of his quartet of Ireland players - vice captain Paul Handforth, in-form front rower Luke Ambler, centre James Haley and utility player Callum Casey - who have all been omitted from the side that will take on the England Knights at St Helens’ Langtree Park on Saturday evening.
“It’s a friendly, not a full Test and I spoke to Mark Aston and asked him not to select them,” confirmed Harrison.
“We can’t afford to lose Handforth and Ambler, that’s for sure.”