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Leeds Rhinos v Wakefield Wildcats, Wednesday 26th December, 11.30am

10th December 2012

By Leeds Rhinos

Leeds Rhinos are set to take on Wakefield in the traditional Heatshot Festive Challenge on Boxing Day morning, kick off 11.30am.

Leeds Rhinos Head Coach Brian McDermott has included all three new signings in his side to face Wakefield in the Heatshot Festive Challenge whilst his Wakefield counterpart, Richard Agar, has said the Wildcats will field their strongest possible team.

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The game will be the first played on the new £1 million pitch that has been constructed in the close season and is guaranteed to go ahead with undersoil heating now reinstated at Headingley Carnegie.

New signings Joel Moon and Joe Vickery feature in an exciting looking backline whilst Mitch Achurch, who joined from NRL side Penrith Panthers in the close season, will make his debut off the bench.

The Rhinos are without their seven England internationals along with Jamie Peacock, Kylie Leuluai, Stevie Ward and Richard Moore. Ward is still recovering from the shoulder injury picked up in the Grand Final whilst Moore is recovering from a hernia operation. However the Boxing Day team still includes five members of the Grand Final winning team with Paul McShane returning from his loan spell at Widnes last season to line up in the half backs with Danny McGuire and the three new recruits.

Commenting on the squad McDermott said, "We are pleased that we are able to field such a strong team on Boxing Day and I am sure Wakefield will be doing likewise. This will be one of only two pre-season games we play, the other being Danny McGuire's testimonial against Bradford on 20th January, so it is an important fixture for us. As always the new players will be keen to make a good first impression and that is particularly true for Joe Vickery who has joined us on a three month trial from the Gold Coast Titans. He has impressed everyone so far with his ability and importantly his attitude and I am sure the Leeds fans will enjoy watching him play.

"The guys are looking forward to playing on the new pitch and I think it is a fantastic move for the club. We want our players to have the very best facilities and our pitch is now world class. We will have a lush playing surface on Boxing Day and that can only add to the excitement on the day," added McDermott.

There will be a minutes silence before kick off for our traditional opportunity to remember all supporters who have passed away this year and especially our former players and officials who are no longer with us. 

Tickets for the game are on sale now with adults and concession members able to gain a £3 discount on the matchday admission if they purchase their ticket before 1pm on Christmas Eve. Tickets start from £17 for adults and £5 for children and can be booked by calling 0871 423 1315 or online 24 hours a day at www.therhinos.co.uk/buytickets. The Rhinos players with a squad number will wear that on Boxing Day whilst those without a squad number as yet will wear the following for the game:

1. Jimmy Watson
2. Ben Jones-Bishop
22. Jimmy Keinhorst
4. Joel Moon
5. Joe Vickery
6. Danny McGuire
9. Paul McShane
20. Darrell Griffin
24. Liam Hood
16. Ryan Bailey
17. Ian Kirke
18. Chris Clarkson
23. Brad Singleton
Subs selected from:
19. Mitch Achurch
14. Liam Sutcliffe
12. Jordan Baldwinson
3. Josh Sunley
8. Liam McAvoy
11. Alex Foster

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