Tigers boss Millward brings back his Man of Steel for Magic Weekend
18:56 GMT, 25 May 2012
Ian Millward does not hesitate for a second. Rangi Chase is back in action, and the man whose tackle on Featherstone's Tangi Ropati split rugby league as well as his victim's jaw, does not need to change his approach.
Chase got a three-match ban, from which he returns in today's Magic Weekend derby with Wakefield that kicks off the Etihad Stadium bonanza.
For Ropati the affects are longer lasting, with two fractures resulting in three steel plates and several pins being inserted into his face.
Back in action: Rangi Chase
But former St Helens and Wigan boss Millward, now in charge of the Tigers, is backing his star turn. He told Sportsmail: 'There was no malice or intent, so it's not a case of Rangi having to change how he plays, definitely not. No, no, no, no.'
Man of Steel Chase has become used to dividing the sport that provides his living. Seven months ago, when he made his England debut despite being born and raised in New Zealand, he created a debate on international rugby league's eligibility rules that still continues today.
But the controversy surrounding his latest spell in the spotlight has been so fierce it has led to some calling for a complete overhaul of the RFL's disciplinary system.
Last year Chase produced a thunderous tackle on Kevin Sinfield that was timed to perfection. Last month, when his timing was out, Ropati was left dealing with the consequences.
“It's coming more from Australia than anywhere,” Millward says of the spectacular if occasionally serious shoulder charges that are becoming a staple part of league. “It's something they're trying to ban, because if you get it wrong it can cause you harm and the opposition player harm. Every coach wants a player to have shoulder contact, but if you get it wrong it's not pretty.”
He adds: 'Rangi was guilty, because he made contact with an opposing head. They're the rules, but I never thought there was intent or that it was malicious.
'If you look at his hands they're by his side, his feet are together and he launches and connects with his shoulder, but the rules are there if you make any contact with the head.
'You can't say it was a soft hit to the head or a hard hit to the head, it's just a touch to the head. It'll be interesting to see how some players get viewed down the track.'
Millward will hope Chase's return bolsters Castleford after last week's 70-12 drubbing at Hull KR. The performance was so bad that Tigers' players even issued a public apology.
'It's the most I've ever seen them talk in a video session,' says Millward.
'The communication amongst each other has been a problem; a lot of them are only young guys. We've got nobody in our squad who's won a trophy, played in a Grand Final or anything like that.
'After our video session they asked if they could have a chat privately about their performance. I said “no worries” and then they came to me with a piece of paper saying “we'd like to present this to the media manager”.'
But words mean little, and only results on the pitch will save Castleford's season – starting this afternoon.
'Wakefield are on six points; we're on eight,' says Millward. 'These next couple of games are so important to us if we want to make the top eight.'