Leeds Rhinos duo Chev Walker and Willie Poching could both be fit for the club's Super League return.
Leeds Rhinos duo Chev Walker and Willie Poching could both be fit for the club's Super League return. Great Britain centre Walker missed the win over Warrington last Friday with a hamstring injury while Kiwi second-rower Poching suffered a calf problem in the same match. However, boss Tony Smith today revealed both stars may be ready for the trip to Hull next week. "Chev has had a scan which reveals he has a small tear in his hamstring," said Smith. "However, it's fairly good news. It's repairing well and he could be back for Hull. With hamstring tears you are always fearful it could be of a serious nature so we are quite relieved to see it's not a bad one. Willie has also had a scan on his calf. That too is torn but it isn't serious and he might make the clash as well." Leaders Rhinos aren't in action this week due to the Powergen Cup final and Smith admits that has aided the duo's chances of recovery. "We are fortunate we haven't got a game as both players would have missed it," he said. "Both Chev and Willie now have a bit longer to get ready." Leeds spent yesterday training on the beach at Bridlington as Smith looked to freshen up his squad after an excellent start to their Super League campaign. He said: "We had a good day and a bit of an alternative session. "We worked them pretty hard on the beach but we had some fun as well. It was a bit of a team-building exercise and a change of scenery for the lads. We had them doing all sorts and even managed to get them in the water which was still quite cold!"
Following both teams elimination from the Tetley's Challenge Cup last weekend, Leeds Rhinos and Wakefield have agreed to re-arrange the date for their postponed Round Eight Super League clash at the Rapid Solicitor's Stadium which will now be played on Friday 26th July, kick off 8pm.
Rugby League fans will have the opportunity to put questions about the ongoing Policy Review and planned competition restructuring directly to RFL Chief Executive Nigel Wood and RFL Chief Operating Officer Ralph Rimmer in a ground-breaking online question and answer session on Friday (May 17).