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Saturday, 1 July, 2000, 13:59 GMT
Dallas injury blow
Brett Dallas
Brett Dallas will be feeling down with jaw injury
Wigan winger Brett Dallas, the leading try-scorer in Super League, has been ruled out for six weeks after breaking his jaw in Friday night's win at Bradford.

The Australian Test flier, who was running into top form with 15 tries in 16 Super League matches, was injured in a collision early on in the game and X-rays have confirmed a clean break.

He will undergo surgery on Sunday and Wigan coach Frank Endacott expressed his sympathies.

"It's bad luck for him. He was really enjoying his rugby. But it's a clean break and he will be back well in time for the play-offs," he said.

It's bad luck for him. He was really enjoying his rugby
  Frank Endacott, Wigan coach
The injury is likely to provide an opportunity for 18-year-old David Hodgson, Wigan's promising winger who made a try-scoring debut against Castleford at Easter.

"David is a very exciting player and deserves an opportunity," said Endacott.

"He has got great speed and balance and has good versatility.

"He is still green so we've got to do a lot of work on him in the next few weeks."

Hull-born Hodgson, a transfer tribunal signing from Halifax in the close season, has made five substitute appearances and could be make his full debut in the up and coming derby with St Helens at the JJB Stadium.

New deal

Meanwhile, Endacott has opened preliminary discussions with Wigan chairman Maurice Lindsay about signing a new deal.

The 52-year-old Kiwi is only on a 12-month contract and is keen to stay at the JJB Stadium.

"We've touched base," said Endacott.

"We've had some preliminary talks and it's in the hands of Maurice now.

"I'm not pushing it. I signed for 12 months. I would love to stay but, if it's not to be, I'll be on my way home on December 10."

Endacott, who has steered the Warriors to top spot in Super League, will bow out as New Zealand coach at the end of this year's World Cup.

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