Huddersfield Giants preview

Ian Watson

Leeds Rhinos travel to the John Smith’s Stadium this Sunday for the only pre-season clash for Richard Agar’s side, kick off 2pm.

2021 is an exciting new era for the Giants with the arrival of Ian Watson from Salford Red Devils as a permanent replacement for Simon Woolford, who left the club midway through last season.

Watson has set about re-shaping the squad with centre Ricky Leutele returning to the Betfred Super League having played last season at the Toronto Wolfpack.

The 30-year-old has made more than 150 first-team appearances for Cronulla Sharks, Toronto Wolfpack and Melbourne, helping the Sharks to a Grand Final triumph in 2016.

Leutele joined Toronto ahead of the 2018 season, and was picked up by Melbourne on a short-term contract after the Wolfpack pulled out of Super League last season.

Another recruit from the Wolfpack is hooker James Cunningham, who previously played at London Broncos.

Watson has brought in two players he has worked with previously at Salford. Prop Luke Yates joins after the Giants agreed an undisclosed fee with Salford whilst Josh Jones moves from Hull FC.

Jack Ashworth has signed from St Helens. The 25-year-old made 43 first team appearances for Saints since making his debut back in 2015. He is an England Knights international and has also spent time on loan at Rochdale, Sheffield and Leigh.

England International Joe Greenwood has joined from Wigan Warriors and could come up against the Rhinos, the team he joined on loan last season but did not play a game for. State of Origin star Chris McQueen joined the Giants midway through last season and has extended his stay.

Due to the current restrictions the game will be played behind closed doors, however supporters of both clubs will be able to watch the  game LIVE through the RFL’s Our League platform which fans able to save more than half price if they purchase before the day of the game.  

The game will be available to fans at a cost of £4.95, please be aware the price will rise to £10 on the day of the game, so fans are encouraged to purchase in advance of game day. In order to purchase the game, you need to be logged into your Our League account on the website. You cannot purchase within the app. 

Please note, as with a normal pre-season match, this is an all pay game for the Our League app. For the new 2021 Betfred Super League season, season and flexi members will receive new codes to watch Super League games that are played behind closed doors however this match is not included in that package. 


To purchase the stream:

1.     Ensure you are logged into your Our League account, or create one if you don’t already have one.

2.    Head to the Live Stream section.

3.     Click on the stream you wish to purchase.

4.     You should now have been redirected to the payment page.

5.     Please follow the payment process steps.

6.     Once you receive your order confirmation, you can now watch the match via the Our League app on the ‘videos’ section of the app home page, or via the website.

If you have any problems purchasing the stream, please go to

Huddersfield’s squad numbers in full are as follows:

1. Ashton Golding

2. Jermaine McGillvary

3. Jake Wardle

4. Ricky Leutele

5. Darnell McIntosh

6. Lee Gaskell

7. Aidan Sezer

8. Luke Yates

9. Adam O’Brien

10. Michael Lawrence

11. Kenny Edwards

12. Joe Wardle

13. Josh Jones

14. Matty English

15. Joe Greenwood

16. Jake Cogger

17. Chris McQueen

18. Jack Ashworth

19. James Cunningham

20. Oliver Wilson

21. Leroy Cudjoe

22. James Gavet

23. Oliver Russell

24. Louis Senior

25. Owen Trout

26. Jon-Luke Kirby

27. Sam Wood

28. Sam Hewitt

29. Ronan Michael

30. Chester Butler