Rhinos name 21 man squad to face Saints
Betfred Challenge Cup holders Leeds Rhinos have named their 21 man squad to kick off the new tournament this Saturday against St Helens, live on BBC One, kick off 2.30pm.
The Rhinos are still without full back Richie Myler who has been ruled out by a hamstring injury that prevented him from playing against Castleford Tigers last Friday.
Myler is one of nine players currently unavailable to Head Coach Richard Agar, eight of which come in the Rhinos backline. Jack Walker (foot), Harry Newman (leg), Konrad Hurrell (calf), Ash Handley (knee), Rob Lui (quad), Tom Holroyd (leg) and Callum McLelland (groin) whilst Kyle Eastmond has not be cleared to return to playing yet.
Eleven players in the squad featured at Wembley last October when Leeds won the Challenge Cup against Salford Red Devils.
17-year-old forward Morgan Gannon could make his debut after being included in the 21 man squad. The former Siddal junior is the son of ex-Halifax, Huddersfield, Hull KR and Widnes front rower Jim Gannon. He has trained with the first team squad throughout pre-season, combining his training with his commitments at college.
Fijian international King Vuniyayawa could also make his debut having missed out in the opening two rounds so far this season.
The squad in full is
2 Tom Briscoe sponsored by Wetherby Whaler
7 Luke Gale (c) sponsored by Vale Services
8 Mikolaj Oledzki sponsored by BadRhino
9 Kruise Leeming sponsored by Fenton Finance
10 Matt Prior sponsored by K-Bins
11 Alex Mellor sponsored by Horbury Dental Laboratories
12 Rhyse Martin sponsored by The Ortus Group
13 Zane Tetevano sponsored by NIC Services Group Ltd
14 Brad Dwyer sponsored by The Artisan Drinks Co
15 Liam Sutcliffe sponsored by Mtech
17 Cameron Smith sponsored by Warners Fish Merchants
19 King Vuniyayawa sponsored by Vale Services
20 Bodene Thompson sponsored by ACS Stainless Steel Fixings
21 Alex Sutcliffe sponsored by Alternative Windows
22 Sam Walters sponsored by Warners Fish Merchants
24 Luke Briscoe sponsored by Roxy Ball Room
25 James Donaldson sponsored by LR Motors (Yorkshire) Limited
26 Jarrod O’Connor sponsored by Leeds Rhinos Supporters Club Kirkstall
27 Jack Broadbent sponsored by Johnstone’s Paint
28 Corey Hall sponsored by Lost Rockstar Clothing
28 Morgan Gannon – available for sponsorship