Hawkyard to make Bulls debut

Hawkyard to make Bulls debut

Richie Hawkyard fills in for the injured Paul Deacon

Richie Hawkyard fills in for the injured Paul Deacon

Richie Hawkyard fills in for the injured Paul Deacon

Richie Hawkyard fills in for the injured Paul Deacon

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Plasterer Richie Hawkyard makes a dream Super League debut for the Bulls tomorrow - after his gaffer gave him time off work.

The part-timer is pinching himself, ready for a shock bow in the televised clash at home-town Huddersfield after busted Bradford's injury-jinx continued today.

Skipper Paul Deacon popped a quad muscle in training causing more headaches for boss Steve McNamara, who is now without SEVEN regulars for the short trip to Galpharm Stadium.

Senior Academy stand-off Hawkyard, 21, had already been drafted in as cover for Iestyn Harris, who had been nursing a knock.

Harris is fit but Deacon pulled up yesterday morning, meaning the rookie suddenly found himself filling in for the crocked No 7.

McNamara revealed: "Ritchie Hawkyard will definitely play. He is a part-time player who arranged a day off work to come in and train.

"It's a difficult position to bring someone in but he showed this morning in practice that he will do a good job for us."

Hawkyard, a pacy half with plenty of zip, has impressed in the Under-21s and travelled with the first-team to Lanzarote in pre-season after starring in a friendly at Dewsbury.

McNamara doesn't reckon he will be daunted by tomorrow's prospect.

"The kid's full of confidence any way," he said. "He's a tough kid, a Huddersfield kid as well, and tenacious."

Top try-scorer Michael Platt has failed to shrug off his hip problem, forcing a re-jig that leaves McNamara with three rookies on the bench.

"I am not scared to use youngsters at all but this week my hand has been forced," he said.

"It's a big opportunity for them though to show me, the club and the rugby league world watching on Sky exactly what they are capable of."

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