Rhys earns trial chance at Eagles

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SHEFFIELD Eagles are giving trials to Welsh international Rhys Griffiths who played against them for Leeds Met in the Challenge Cup this season.

Griffiths, a former Castleford Tigers reserve, played for Wales against England at the Keepmoat in the run up to the 2008 World Cup. He was in the Wales squad for the Alitalia World Cup last season.

The centre is the son of dual code international and former Wales coach Clive Griffiths and recently completed a degree in physiotherapy. He played for Eagles reserves at Whitehaven at the weekend.

Back row forward Nick Turnbull looks to have ended his third spell at the club. Turnbull rejoined the Eagles this season but is no longer training with the first team.

He joined the Eagles from Barnsley amateurs Hoyland Vikings in 2001 as a centre before leaving in 2005 and returning in 2007 to 2009 playing mainly in the second row.

Turnbull, 28, returned to the squad this season and was a regular in the reserves but made only two first team appearances as a substitute. He has played in a total of 89 games for the club.

Meanwhile Eagles’ fullback Misi Taulapapa is the only injury worry after the win over Barrow Raiders last week. The Samoan international strained an ankle but has plenty of time to recover with the Eagles not playing again for three weeks.