St Helens vs Catalans Dragons preview: Super League season finally restarts
Above: James Graham (C) could be in line to make his first appearance for Saints in nine years
(Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)

The Rugby Football League's premier competition Betfred Super League is back on our screens on Sunday, 2nd August with Saint Helens and Catalans Dragons being the first two teams to play the re-scheduled Round 7 matches before Round 8 starts next week.

Hull Kingston Rovers and Toronto were due to kick the rescheduled games off, but with Toronto now no longer competing this season, the Canadian based side has had their results expunged and will play no further part in the 2020 competition. This means Saints and the Dragons will play the first game, before Huddersfield Giants and Leeds Rhinos play afterwards.

  • All games centralized at Headingley for safety concerns

The decision has been made by the RFL that all games at the resumption of the season are to be centralised at Leeds Rhinos' Emerald Headingley to reduce the risk of COVID-19 spread. No fans will be allowed in until at least October, with this seeming even further away with yesterday's announcement of the cancellation of some test events that would have included fans.

On Friday, Super League and the Rugby Football League confirmed that there have been no positive results for coronavirus from the total of 1,462 tests carried out to date. They also confirmed that players, support staff and match officials have each been tested at least three times before the resumption of the season.

In addition, there have been 540 tests this week, with the results of two being awaited. One of those is for a player not involved in either of Sunday's two games.

  • Team News

England and Great Britain prop James Graham could make his first St Helens appearance for nine years after he was included in the squad for the game with Catalans. Graham has joined the Super League champions from St George Illawarra. Centre Mark Percival is fit again after shoulder surgery and could also start.

For Catalans, winger Tom Davies could make his debut, following his move from Wigan Warriors. However, Sam Tomkins, David Mead, Lewis Tierney and Mika Simon all miss out.

  • Squads

St Helens: Coote, Makinson, Naiqama, Percival, Grace, Lomax, Fages, Walmsley, Roby, Taia, Peyroux, McCarthy-Scarsbrook, Knowles, Lees, Amor, Smith, Bentley, Welsby, Batchelor, Dodd, Graham.

Catalans Dragons: Langi, Folau, Yaha, Maloney, Drinkwater, Casty, McIlorum, Moa, Whitley, J Tomkins, Garcia, Bousquet, Davies, Jullien, Da Costa, Albert, Romano, Maria, Baitieri, Mourgue, Kasiano.

  • Where to watch

The game will be live on Sky Sports Arena, with NOW TV offering a day pass for £9.99. If you are not able to watch the game, VAVEL Rugby League will be covering both games live with text updates. Our Rugby League editor Tom Young and his team will provide you with starting XIII announcements, live commentary and highlights throughout the game which gets underway at 4:15 BST on Sunday.

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