Lyons to miss Broncos battle

Last updated at 11:55 11 April 2005

St Helens' Australian Test centre Jamie Lyon will miss his club's trip to London Broncos on Saturday to attend the birth of his first child.

Lyon, who scored a hat-trick of tries in Saints' 60-16 engage Super League win over Leigh on Friday, has flown back to Australia to be with his partner, who is due to give birth this week.

"I sent Jamie home last Saturday so that he could be with his partner when the baby was born," said Saints coach Ian Millward.

St Helens will also be without scrum-half Sean Long, who is to have a scan tomorrow on his injured knee, but hope to have skipper Paul Sculthorpe and centre Willie Talau back from injury for the game at Griffin Park.