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Hull KR star ‘on leave’ after failing drugs test

HULL KR, who come to Bower Fold on Sunday for a fifth-round Ladbrokes Challenge Cup tie against Oldham, have placed centre Thomas Minns “on leave” following the shock news that he has failed a drugs test.

Rovers have confirmed that it happened after their Super League game at Huddersfield Giants in March when he tested positive for a banned, non-performance enhancing substance.

Mike Smith, Rovers’ CEO, said in a statement:

“Thomas expressed his regret.

“In recent times he has found life away from rugby challenging, particularly since the tragic passing of his mother last year.”

The Rovers centres at Warrington last Saturday were local lad Liam Salter and debut-making Junior Vaivai (28), a New Zealand born former Souths and Penrith player in the NRL.

He’s expected to keep the left-centre berth at Bower Fold, playing inside Justin Carney.

Head coach Tim Sheens, who works hand in glove with head of rugby Jamie Peacock, has a problem at dummy half (hooker) because Shaun Lunt and Tommy Lee are both injured.

Sheens, once head coach of the Australian team, has three Oldhamers in his full-time squad of 33 — forwards James Greenwood, Lee Jewitt and Josh Johnson, who played for Roughyeds on dual-reg while he was a Huddersfield Giants player.

Jordan Walne is another Rovers forward who has played for Oldham on dual-reg from Salford Red Devils.

Scrum-half Chris Atkin has played against Oldham many times in the past few years, while at Swinton Lions.

And he could be partnered at Bower Fold by a veteran half-back who can only be described as a former Leeds legend, the highly-accomplished Danny McGuire.

McGuire, who has won practically every honour in the game, is the man charged with bossing the show for Rovers and taking them around the field.

Other big names in the Rovers camp include a clutch of Aussies — Adam Quinlan, Justin Carney, Maurice Blair and Andrew Heffernan.

They’ve won three of 11 Super League games so far this year — Catalans Dragons at home (23-4), Huddersfield Giants away (38-6) and Widnes Vikings at home (31-12).

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This is vital for the club and its finances which, as you all know, have taken a massive hit in the past 12 months.

Collectors will be returning to door-to-door visits in the next few weeks and we hope people who suspended payments will pick up where they left off as we strive and work hard to get back to where we were before the pandemic caused us to lose 50 per cent of our lottery income.

Many of our regular punters, who would normally pay a collector, have answered our calls for help by finding other ways to pay and to retain their chances of winning prizes.

To those people we are very grateful and we would like to take this opportunity to thank them once again for their loyal and continued support.

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For more information about the lottery, and for the “great opportunities” provided by our partnership with the National Youth and Community Development Association (NYCDA) go our Club Cash page.

There, you will find all the results and a detailed statement about getting back to normal with the help of our not-for-profit partners.

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