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Mark Percival has been ruled out for "several months" after scans revealed he needs to have shoulder surgery.
 

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Date: Sunday, 16 February Kick-off: 15:00 GMT Venue: KCOM Stadium
Coverage: BBC local radio, BBC Sport website and app

Early Super League leaders Hull FC have been forced into four changes for the visit of St Helens on Sunday.

Albert Kelly and Chris Satae are banned, while Bureta Faraimo and Andre Savelio are out because of injuries.

Reigning champions St Helens are without England centre Mark Percival, who needs shoulder surgery and could be out of action for several months.

But England winger Tommy Makinson (shoulder) and prop Alex Walmsley (calf) are available to play.

Saints lost to Warrington last week and come up against a Hull FC team that have won their first two league games.
 

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Hull FC (6) 18
Tries: Tuimavave 2, Shaul Goals: Sneyd 3
St Helens (2) 32
Tries: Costello, Thompson, McCarthy-Scarsbrook, Bentley, Smith Goal: Makinson 6
St Helens scored five second-half tries to come from behind and inflict a first defeat of the season on Hull FC.

Despite the 2019 Grand Final winners' first-half dominance, they trailed 6-2 at the break courtesy of a converted Carlos Tuimavave try for the home side.

But, within 20 minutes of the restart, Matthew Costello, Luke Thompson, Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook and James Bentley had gone over for Saints.


Aaron Smith added a fifth try, between replies from Tuimavave and Jamie Shaul.
 
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Venue: Totally Wicked Stadium Date: Saturday, 22 February Kick-off: 19:45 GMT Coverage: BBC Radio 5 Live Sports Extra, BBC local radio and live text coverage on the BBC Sport website

St Helens centre Mark Percival could play in their World Club Challenge match against Sydney Roosters despite being ruled out for "several months" with a shoulder injury last week.

Percival was set to have surgery but it has been put back to next week to allow him to feature in Saturday's game.
 

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Toronto 0
St Helens (20) 32
Tries: Lomax 2, Bentley, McCarthy-Scarsbrook, Smith Goals: Makinson 6

St Helens stand-off Jonny Lomax ran in his first two Super League tries of the season as the reigning champions comfortably saw off Toronto Wolfpack.

Lomax's double sparked a five-try haul as Saints became the first side to beat the Canadian newcomers to nil in their short history.

James Bentley, Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook and Aaron Smith crossed too before Wolfpack were reduced to 12 men.

Bodene Thompson was shown a red card for his shoulder charge on Matty Lees.
 

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St Helens' England prop Luke Thompson has been sold to NRL side Canterbury Bulldogs for an undisclosed fee after failing to take a pay cut. He was due to go at the end of the season.
 

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S J S J, I see that Manly has released Joel Thompson, who will be heading to St Helens. Are you happy about that?
I liked JT. A solid bloke who tries hard.

Another of Mary's "failures". This is the sort of thing I highlight about a good coach and a bad one. JT could have been a real stalwart for us. Mary just can't get the best out of players. Time and again he's said he has the squad he wanted. Yet he then chops and changes.

I feel Bellamy, for example, would make someone like Dufty a star. Yet Mary has him questioning his ability.
 

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I take it from the above SJ that you are firmly in the camp that wants to sack Mary? Obviously, the club does not want to pay him out, and will hang on until you are within that 12 month notification period for his contract. Is my understanding correct? It will be interesting to see how you go over coming weeks, and whether the ship can be turned around, or if last weekend was simply a false dawn.
 
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St Helens back-rower Zeb Taia will return to Australia at the conclusion of the 2020 Super League season.

The 35-year-old joined Saints in a deal which saw Joe Greenwood move to Gold Coast Titans in 2017, and scored in the 2019 Grand Final win over Salford.

Taia has scored 21 tries in 95 games for the Red Vee, and also played for Parramatta Eels, Newcastle Knights and Catalans Dragons at club level.
 

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James Bentley has signed a one-year contract extension with the Super League club.

The 23-year-old has featured 25 times for Saints since arriving from Bradford Bulls in 2017.

He made 17 appearances last season as they claimed the League Leaders' Shield.