Matt Diskin will return for the Rhions after missing the victory over Harlequins RL through suspension. Ryan Bailey becomes the latest injury victim and isn't named in the 19. Carl Ablett hasn't recovered from injury so their is a first call up for Danny Allan. |
The Telegraph and Argus reported that Steve McNamara would struggle to name 19 players. Craig Kopczak has been recalled from a loan spell at Halifax. Glenn Morrison, Joe Vagana and Jamie Langley are out for the forseeable future with long term injuries. Michael Platt is included but rated as a 50/50 chance. Definitely out are Paul Sykes and Tame Tupou, who picked up a knee injury which could see him missing for a month. Chris Nero is named in the 19, but is rated as doubtful. On the plus side for McNamara, South Stand favourite Iestyn Harris and Dave Halley could return to the line up.
And someone at the RFL has found a sense of humour, pairing Steve Ganson and Ashley Klein as on-field and video referee respectively for the first time since Millennium Magic. We all know what happened that night.
The squads announced today are:
Leeds Rhinos: Webb, Donald, Senior, Smith, Burrow, Leuluai, Diskin, Peacock, Jones-Buchanan, Ellis, Sinfield, Lauitiiti, Scruton, Tansey, Hall, Burgess, Kaye, Worrall, Allan.
Bradford Bulls: Tadulala, Newton, Halley, Feather, Platt, Deacon, Harris, Lynch, Evans, Hape, Solomona, Kopczak, Burgess, Nero, Godwin, Jeffries, Finnigan, Cook, James.
Referee: Steve Ganson
Video Referee: Ashley Klein
The Rhinos Reserve Grade take on the Bradford Bulls in the curtain raiser, kick off for that is 5.15pm. This game could be subject to a late change of venue, check the message board and official site for details.
A full preview of the game will appear on Thursday.
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