POWERHOUSE centre Menzie Yere will miss Sheffield Eagles game against Widnes Vikings after picking up a one-match ban.
The Papua New Guinea star was suspended after being put on report by the referee for a high tackle in the Eagles defeat by Hunslet two weeks ago.
However, that selection headache will be eased by a debut for new signing Quentin Laulu-Togagae due to fly in from Australia today.
Coach Mark Aston was at the RFL disciplinary hearing supporting Yere and was disappointed by the suspension. He said: “Putting Menzie on report was harsh, there was nothing in the challenge and I think the ban is unjustified. It’s a blow when, with Quentin arriving, it looked like we were getting a team together.”
Laulu-Togagae was signed for the Eagles from Queensland club South Logan Magpies in November but was only granted his received his visa last week. His will have only one brief training session with his new team before Sunday’s game at Bramall Lane (3pm).
The utility back’s arrival will compensate for Yere’s loss and open up the selection options for Aston in the backs. Laulu Togagae has been given the stand-off’s number six shirt but may go in at fullback or centre. Back row forward Joe Hirst could be drafted into Yere’s place in the centres – a role he took on when injuries hit during the play-offs last season.
Aston is also hoping that Huddersfield Giants will allow his two dual registration players – half-back Kyle Wood and back rower or centre Jamie Cording – to be available.
Former Eagle Paul Broadbent will help coach the Italian national team prepare for the 2013 World Cup qualifiers.