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Ratchford set for full-back role

30th of July 2014
Ratchford set for full-back role

Stefan Ratchford will demonstrate his versatility in Perpignan by starting in a different position for the third consecutive match.

Warrington Wolves' Stefan Ratchford will demonstrate his versatility in Perpignan on Friday by starting in a different position for the third consecutive match.


Ratchford, who is primarily seen as a stand-off, has played centre and loose forward in the Wolves' last two First Utility Super League matches but will switch to full-back against Catalan Dragons in the absence of Matty Russell, who is ruled out through concussion.


"It's a great attribute that he's got," said Warrington coach Tony Smith. "He's been really good for us and he'll do a good job for us at full-back this week.


"The only position I think he hasn't been selected in this year is prop and he asked me one day if I wanted him to play there. He was being facetious but I reckon he'd do all right there too."


Ratchford will be expected to switch roles once more when Russell returns for the Wolves' Tetley's Challenge Cup semi-final against Leeds Rhinos at Langtree Park on Saturday week, when Smith should be able to select from virtually a full-strength squad.


Centre Ryan Atkins misses Friday's game with a minor ankle injury but will be back to face the Rhinos and forwards Michael Monaghan, Trent Waterhouse and Simon Grix will all be on Thursday's flight to Barcelona after recovering from injury, which leaves only prop Ben Evans on the sidelines.


"We've got a whole lot of boys back in a short period of time," said Smith, who has seen scrum-half Richie Myler, prop Paul Wood and second rower James Laithwaite all return to action in recent weeks.


 

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