Sheffield Eagles: Tagaloa to miss play-off run in

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Lelauloto Tagaloa has been ruled out of the rest of Sheffield Eagles bid to retain their Championship title with a broken arm.

The USA international fell heavily in a tackle in the second half of the first round play-off win over Batley.

Tests and x-rays revealed a break to his right forearm and it has been set and pinned. It rules him out of the rest of the play-off rounds starting with the second elimination tie at Doncaster on Sunday.

“Loto (Tagaloa) has worked hard since he joined us this year and you feel for the lad,” said coach Mark Aston.

Tagaloa was signed by the Eagles at the start of the season after playing for the USA in the World Cup.

The 27-year-old arrived as a centre but at 6ft 3ins and over 16st has been converted to prop forward where his pace and power have brought him seven tries in 21 games.

Aston’s policy of going for proven Championship experience has continued with the signing of back row forward John Davies from Batley.

The 23-year-old, who played for the Bulldogs against the Eagles in the opening round last weekend, has agreed a one-year deal.

A ball-playing forward who can find gaps in the line he will provide a replacement for Matt Garside who is joining London Broncos.

Davies has spent two seasons at Batley after joining them from his home-town club Castleford Tigers.

Patch Walker has also agreed a one-year extension to his contract. It keeps a key playmaker at the club and follows a new deal for half-back Dominic Brambani.

The 28-year-old joined the Eagles from Dewsbury at the start of the 2013 season and in 63 games has scored 17 tries and kicked 26 goals

Walker has played mainly at stand-off but following the arrival of Kyle Briggs has found a new role at loose-forward in the past two months.