Whitehaven can expect to be facing an experienced Australian prop when they visit London Broncos on Sunday.

Mitch Allgood, 30, arrived in Britain on Thursday and is itching to get started in the Championship. Allgood played 70 times for Parramatta Eels in his native Oz and has played Super League for Hull KR (30) and Wakefield (8).

Broncos will be monitoring his fitness this week and are hoping to give him some part of the action against Haven at the weekend.

Whitehaven, beaten 14-0 in their opener against Swinton Lions, will be travelling to London ahead of their clash in the capital, and head coach Gary Charlton said: “We will be going there to give it our best and certainly we will need to improve on our opening performance against Swinton.

“We all knew it was going to be a big challenge but we wanted to win our home games as a basis. That’s why it was disappointing to lose against Swinton, very much one of the games we were looking to win.

“We have to learn from that though. As always I couldn’t fault the effort of the lads, but we have to be smarter in attack. They didn’t do a lot that was flash but did enough by capitalising on our errors.

“Failing to get a point on the board was very disappointing.”

It was the first time that Swinton have kept a clean sheet for five years and the first time they have won the opening game in more than 10 years.

Their coach Stuart Littler said: “I’m really pleased because Whitehaven is a tough place to come. We had to roll up our sleeves and play the percentages.

“The key was that we showed a lot of toughness and commitment in defence.”

Whitehaven will be keeping a close watch on centre Chris Taylor who had to go off after 10 minutes when he had taken a knock on the knee.

The Cumbrians can ill afford another long-term injury as Glenn Riley (knee cap), Brett Carter (hamstring) and Connor Holliday (hamstring) are all on the sidelines.