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Here you will find everything you need to know about the fourth round of the championship, including team news, TV coverage and our predictions.

Only two teams hold a winning record heading into the fourth round: Featherstone and Toulouse.

Featherstone sits at the top of the Championship table with a huge points difference, having scored 172 points, conceding just 26.

Cumbrian clubs Barrow and Whitehaven are the only teams yet to win a game.

Bradford Bulls – Toulouse Olympique (Saturday, 1:00 p.m.)

Former Super League prop Josh Johnson is set to make his Bradford debut following his move from Widnes.

Captain Michael Lawrence is set to return with the Bulls after missing out on last week’s Championship win over Widnes.

Leeds duo Liam Tindall and James McDonnell will feature for the Bulls on double registration.

Toulouse manager Sylvain Houles will be without prop Greg Richards due to concussion protocol. Scotland international Calum Gahan (ankle), Latrell Schaumkel (knee) and Benjamin Laguerre (shoulder) remain sidelined.

Bradford: Appo, Arundel, Baldwinson, Blackmore, Butler, England, Flanagan Sr, Foggin-Johnston, Foster, Gill, Holmes, Johnson, Lawford, Lawrence, Lilley, McDonnell, Patton, Roby, Rogers, Tindall, Wallace.

Toulouse: Ashall-Bott, Rennie, Jussaume, Marcon, Ralph, Shorrocks, Belmas, Hansen, Stefani, Peyroux, Marion, Pelissier, Akauola, Bretherton, Pezet, Armitage, Biscarro, Brochon, Guillon, Lima, Tropis.

Prediction: Toulouse are three for three so far this season so I can’t see past them but Bradford will make it tough.

Batley Bulldogs v Keighley Cougars (Sunday, 3:00 p.m.)

Batley: to be confirmed

Keighley: to be confirmed


Featherstone Rovers v Newcastle Thunder (Sunday, 3:00 p.m.)

Featherstone boss Sean Long has made two changes to his side that took down Whitehaven. James Lockwood and Brad Day replace Craig Hall and Gadwin Springer.

Newcastle manager Chris Thorman has made four changes to his team which lost at Keighley last Sunday. New signing Jack Miller is expected to make his debut following his transfer from Keighley earlier this week.

Hull duo Matty Laidlaw and Nick Staveley replace Hull’s double-registered Thunder.

Newcastle’s Brad Gallagher, Gideon Boafo, Nathan Clemmitt, Jake Lightowler and Daniel Okoro all miss through injury.

Featherstone: Briscoe, Gale, Ford, Dean, Kopczak, Jones, Lockwood, Day, Taylor, Bussey, Wildie, Davies, Hardcastle, Cooper, Leilua, Fleming, Aekins, Cozza, Lacans, Yei, Evans.

newcastle: Johnson, Young, Walker, Clegg, Donaghy, Williams, J Chapelhow, Davies, Clark, Foster, Bailey, Balmforth, T Chapelhow, Clarke, Tuliatu, Lawther, Anderson, Moore, Miller, Staveley, Laidlaw.

Prediction: Featherstone has been red hot so far in 2023 and I can only see this going one way. Rovers for 24.

London Broncos – Sheffield Eagles (Sunday, 3:00 p.m.)

London manager Mike Eccles named an unchanged team to the one he narrowly lost in Halifax last week. There is a plethora of international talent among the Broncos squad, with seven of the 21 players having played on the international stage.

Sheffield boss Mark Aston has made four changes to his side. Josh Guzdek, Jason Bass, Connor Bower and Ryan Johnson enter for the Eagles.

Kris Welham, Aaron Murphy, Lewis Peachey and Quentin Laulu-Togaga’e will not be in the Aston squad this week.

London: Albert, Bassett, Bienek, Davis, Eckersley, Grant, Hill, Horsman, Hoyes, B Leyland, O Leyland, Lovell, Macani, Monk, Natoli, Parata, Silva, Stock, Ulberg, Walker, Williams.

Sheffield: Guzdek, Jones-Bishop, Oakes, Bass, Thackeray, Douglas, Halafihi, Dickinson, Bower, J Farrell, Hodgson, Gwaze, Wood, Broadbent, Hansen, Johnson, Liu, Sene-Lefao, Dawson-Jones, Aston.

Prediction: Both teams have had a good start to the season, but so far I am very impressed with Sheffield. Eagles for 14.

Whitehaven v Swinton Lions (Sunday, 3pm)

White Haven: to be confirmed

Swinton: to be confirmed


York Knights v Barrow Raiders (Sunday, 3pm, Our League PPV)

York manager Andrew Henderson has only made one change to his side. Australian hooker Josh Daley replaces Irish international prop Ronan Michael.

York: Antrobus, Barnard, Brown, Clarkson, Daley, Dee, Edwards, Fitzsimmons, Glover, Harris, Harrison, Hingano, Jubb, Kirby, Kirmond, Price, Ta’ai, Teanby, Thompson, Towse, Ward.

Forklift truck: to be confirmed


Widnes Vikings v Halifax Panthers (Monday, 7:45pm, live on ViaPlay Sports 1)

Widths: to be confirmed

Halifax: to be confirmed


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