Elland have decisions to make at half back

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Elland coach Karl Fairbank has a selection dilemma at half back ahead of tomorrow’s Division Two meeting with Castleford Panthers at Greetland.

The former Test prop, whose side are now in the thick of the promotion chase after back to back wins, has playmaking trio Phil Taylor, Steve Booth and Joe Worthington all available for the first time.

“We’ve never had the chance to get them all on the field together at the same time, so we’ve got a decision to make there,” he said.

“Joe could go to loose forward, that’s a possibility.

“We’ve been playing a little bit better each week and we just want to keep improving.

“It’s a game we need to win if we want to stay up near the top.

“They’re not the greatest side in the world, and I think those four or five sides around us at the top are going to keep beating each other, so it’s important we pick up the points.”

Elland will also have Jorge Fairbank and Tom Hall in the frame after BARLA duty, while captain Cayci Pearson will also play as he awaits a disciplinary hearing for back-to-back red cards.

“We’ve not had a date for that yet, so we’ll make the most of him while he’s available,” said Fairbank.

England are looking for a new assistant coach four months out from the World Cup after James Lowes stepped down from the role to become head coach of rugby union club Leeds Carnegie.

Lowes, 43, a former Great Britain hooker, has also quit his job as assistant to Leeds Rhinos boss Brian McDermott to take up a two-year contract with the Headingley-based Championship club.