SAINTS get back to business this afternoon at Headingley, 140 days after a halt was called on the 2020 Super League.

Kristian Woolf's men are part of a re-start double header at Leeds when they open up against Catalans Dragons (4.15pm) followed by the hosts' clash against Huddersfield.

But sadly the Saints Red and White Army won't be taking up their usual spec on the West Stand - supporters are not allowed, so they will have to make do with shouting encouragement at Sky Sports or on the Super League App - the latter of which is free for 2020 members.

There have been changes at Saints since they trudged off the field at Castleford into months of uncertainty and worry.

The biggest personnel wise is that Harry Sunderland winner Luke Thompson has joined the NRL, to be replaced by an old warhorse - former skipper James Graham.

There are changes of the rules, too, with the six again for ruck infringements and no scrums both brought in to align with the NRL's safety measures.

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It will speed up the game - and introduce an element of fatigue that will be hell for some, but manna from heaven for others to exploit.

As for the match itself, Catalans will pose a huge threat - and they were sitting on a record of three consecutive wins before lockdown - a contrast to Saints.

Woolf's men come into this looking to end a losing streak after back-to-back defeats by Huddersfield and Castleford.

The Frenchmen have threats throughout the team, but one in particular has been singled out - half back James Maloney.

Woolf said: "He is a real threat. He is a class player, played in big games and won Grand Finals and State of Origin. He will be a constant threat and is one of those who is at you all of the time so you can't let off him at any stage,

"He is not their only class player. Although Sam Tomkins is suspended and unavailable for this game – they have Israel Folau, Sam Kasiano and a little bundle of quality players that we have to be right on top of. Maloney is on the top of."

Plenty of eyes, too, will be on Folau - a dual code superstar, rescued by the Dragons.

Saints, however, are packed with talent also - and it is more or less the first time they are fully fit - even if Joseph Paulo is sidelined with a muscle injury.

They are also refreshed, which is something Woolf believes they needed after a lot of rugby over two and half years.

"Our biggest issue before lockdown was we had a fair bit of carry over fatigue," he said.

"A number of guys played internationals and had a short lead in, a number who had surgery or injury and didn't start the year. I think we underestimated the impact of the World Club Challenge – so those sorts of things coupling together led to a fair bit of fatigue that we missed in hindsight.

"That is something that the COVID period has given us a chance to get rid of. There is no more of that underlying fatigue. Everyone is fresh, everyone has recovered from surgery and is not just trying to catch up with things, everyone has had a good break and is ready to go. We can throw out a team for the first time this year with what you would consider full strength with everyone available.

"There are a lot of positives for us. While the lockdown has been difficult for everyone, we can find a lot of positives."

Saints will pick from: Saints 21: Lachlan Coote, 2. Tommy Makinson, 3. Kevin Naiqama, 4, Mark Percival, 5. Regan Grace, 6. Jonny Lomax, 7. Theo Fages, 8. Alex Walmsley, 9, James Roby, 11. Zeb Taia, 12. Dom Peyroux, 13. Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook, 14. Morgan Knowles, 15. Matty Lees, 16. Kyle Amor, 19. Aaron Smith, 20. James Bentley, 22. Jack Welsby, 23. Joe Batchelor, 27. Lewis Dodd, 32. James Graham.

Catalans: 3. Samisoni Langi, 4. Israel Folau, 5. Fouad Yaha, 6. James Maloney, 7. Josh Drinkwater, 8. Rémi Casty, 9. Micky Mcilorum, 10. Sam Moa, 11. Matt Whitley, 12. Joel Tomkins, 13. Benjamin Garcia, 14. Julian Bousquet, 16. Tom Davies, 17. Benjamin jullien, 18. Alrix da Costa, 20. Lucas Albert, 22. Arthur Romano, 23. Antoni Maria, 24. Jason Baitieri, 25. Arthur Mourgue, 28. Sam Kasiano.

We will start the Star's liveblog two hours vefore kick off today and bring you all the details and analysis.