Watkins cleared to return against Tigers

Leeds Rhinos captain Kallum Watkins will make his return from seven months out when Dave Furner’s side host Castleford Tigers at Emerald Headingley this Sunday, kick off 3pm.

Watkins suffered the ACL injury against the same opponent last May at the Dacia Magic Weekend but he has been given the all clear by the club’s medical staff to return to action on Sunday in his testimonial game.

Dave Furner has named his strongest available squad for the game which comes less than two weeks before the start of the new Betfred Super League season. New signings Trent Merrin and Konrad Hurrell will both start for the Rhinos alongside fellow new recruits half back Tui Lolohea and forward James Donaldson.

England international Brett Ferres makes his first appearance of pre-season whilst rising stars Cameron Smith, Mikolaj Oledzki and Harry Newman will also get the chance to impress after featuring in last Sunday’s win at Doncaster.

The Rhinos are without Tom Briscoe, Carl Ablett, Dom Crosby and Luke Briscoe through injury although the Briscoe brothers are both expected to be available for selection for the Round One clash with Warrington.

Tickets for Sunday’s game, which will see the Rhinos and Tigers compete for the The G R Electrical Cup, are on sale now and start from just £5 for juniors, £10 for concessions and only £15 for adults.

Ticket Prices are:

Area of the GroundAdultConcession (senior over 65 and students, under 21s, disabled – wheelchair and ambulant*)Juniors (16 and under)
Extentia Terrace / South Stand Terrace / West Terrace£15£10£5
Extentia Stand Seats / South Stand Seats (seating is reserved)£20£15£5

*Disabled purchasers are entitled to a free carer ticket upon production of carer allowance entitlement letter.

Car Parking will be available to purchase for this match on the day only in Car Park F – £5 per car – first come, first served (cash only – all monies go to Kallum Watkin’s Testimonial)

Pre-match hospitality

For this game, we are offering a 2 course Sunday lunch and coffee, stadium car parking, corporate seating in the Extentia Stand, post-match player of the match presentation in the Long Bar.

The whole package, include seat tickets is £65 plus VAT for adults and £35 plus VAT for juniors.

To book hospitality, fans must either call 0113 2033222 or email carlie.jenkins@leedsrugby.com.

The squad in full is:

1. Jack Walker
3. Kallum Watkins (c)
4. Konrad Hurrell
5. Ash Handley
6. Tui Lolohea
7. Richie Myler
8. Adam Cuthbertson
9. Matt Parcell
10. Brad Singleton
11. Trent Merrin
13. Stevie Ward
14. Brad Dwyer
15. Liam Sutcliffe
16. Brett Ferres
18. Nathaniel Peteru
19. Mikolaj Oledzki
20. Jamie Jones-Buchanan
22. Cameron Smith
25. James Donaldson
29. Harry Newman