Parker Looking to Renew AcquaintancesWolves forward Rob Parker believes the opening "arm wrestle" will be crucial in Saturday's clash with his former club Bradford Bulls on Saturday (April 8th), kick-off 6pm.Parker has been named in Paul Cullen's 20 man squad and is set to return to Odsal for the first time since his off season move. He has played five games so far this season for The Wolves and he is relishing the encounter against the Engage Super League Champions, which will be shown live on Sky Sports.Despite being only 23-years-old Parker is a super-professional forward with a high work rate and great technical ability, Parker has accumulated a fine CV in the game despite his young age he rose out from Bradford Bulls Academy to establish himself as an integral part of the powerful Bulls pack, collected Super League medals in 2003 and 2005 and played in a winning Challenge Cup Final (2003) and World Club Challenge (2004). Rob was appointed England captain in 2004 and led his country to the European Nations Cup. A near ever present in the all conquering Bradford team which won the league and cup double in 2003, he missed out on a spot in the 2003 Grand Final against Wigan, though he did play in the Bulls Grand Final defeat to Leeds the following season.Parker is among five ex-Bulls in the initial squad and they are using their knowledge of their former employers to plot their downfall at the week. Parker believes that the strength of the Warrington side can unsettle The Bulls. He said: "A team like Bradford have few weaknesses, but if anything their physical strength can actually be their weakness. The Bulls often try to overpower teams early and we are well aware we need to win the arm wrestle early in the game. Bradford impose themselves on the game early and get the ball out to the wings. I think Harlequins gave a good example of what you can do at Odsal if you mix it up. They don't necessarily like it when sides take the fight to them and show off their own strength, ideally we want them playing catch up.Stuart Reardon, who still lives just a stones throw away from The Bulls home ground, is in contention for Cullen's side after making his return to match action in the Powergen Challenge Cup. A broken hand sustainedin a training sessions kept Reardon out for five weeks and after a frustrating spell on the sidelines he bounced back in style racing 80 metre for a try against London Skolars. Reardon enjoyed a rapid rise from Academy to Super League and Test rugby league, adapting with ease to each level he has reached. A strong and pacey three-quarter with fine footwork, he is a quality performer at fullback, centre and wing. Reardon, said: "I'm regaining my fitness all the time, being sharp for a match is completely different. I'll feel better with the more games I take part in and more game time I have. I came through the Skolars game well, although I was slightly tired after running full length for a try. To get the cup game out the way was a boost and it only a matter of time before I'm at my sharpest."
07, Apr, 2006