Jy Hitchcox to make Leigh debut in Monday night Rugby League

Drew Darbyshire
Jy Hitchcox Toulouse SWpix

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Jy Hitchcox will make his Leigh debut in a Championship clash against Bradford in Monday night Rugby League’s televised game on Premier Sports.

The Australian winger joined the Centurions ahead of the 2022 season from Toulouse Olympique, who gained promotion to Super League last season.

Hitchcox missed their first two games of the Championship season but will return for their Monday night clash with Bradford.

Winger Kieran Dixon and James McDonnell received one-match bans from last week’s defeat at Featherstone. They will be available to face the Bulls but will miss next week’s trip to York.

The Centurions are set to welcome prop Adam Sidlow back. Luis Roberts and Ed Chamberlain, who didn’t play last week, have also been named in Adrian Lam’s squad. Prop Dan Norman could feature for Leigh via the dual-registration rule from St Helens.

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As for Bradford, new recruits Samy Kibula and Chester Butler could play their first games for the club.

Sam Scott will return for the Bulls after being included in John Kear’s 21-man squad. Matty Dawson-Jones and Rhys Evans will face their former club Leigh.

Leigh: Aekins, Hitchcox, Brand, Macdonald, Nisbet, Reynolds, Mellor, Sidlow, Smith, Ioane, Wardle, Stone, Amone, Hingano, Chamberlain, Jones, Asiata, Roberts, Dixon, McDonnell, Norman.

Bradford: Baldwinson, Burton, Butler, Crossley, Dawson-Jones, Doyle, England, B Evans, R Evans, Flanagan, Foggin-Johnston, Gill, Johnson, Jowitt, Kibula, Millar, Myers, Patton, Scott, Walker, Wallace.

Leigh are currently sixth in the Championship table after winning one of their two opening games; the same as Bradford who sit in seventh.

Widnes, Featherstone and Barrow are the only teams to have won all three of their fixtures in the 2022 Championship so far.

Leigh’s clash with Bradford at the Leigh Sports Village gets underway at 7:45pm on Monday evening.

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