Rhinos forced into changes for Giants clash

Richard Agar has named his 21 man squad for the Rhinos this Thursday’s Betfred Super League clash with Huddersfield Giants at Emerald Headingley, kick off 7.45pm. 

Agar is forced into making a number of changes to his squad due to injury with Luke Gale the latest player to be sidelined after he suffered a knee injury at Leigh. Konrad Hurrell is included in the initial 21 man squad but remains a doubt with a foot injury.

There is good news however with King Vuniyayawa and Callum McLelland set to return as they complete their HIA return to play protocols however Matt Prior is still unavailable through Covid, he is out of isolation but must complete the mandatory seven days return to play protocol so will miss out on Thursday’s game.

Leeds are still without Jack Broadbent (ankle), Liam Sutcliffe (knee), Alex Sutcliffe (knee), Jack Walker (foot), Mikolaj Oledzki (toe) and Alex Mellor (knee) whilst Rhyse Martin will complete a one game suspension on Thursday. Corey Hall and Levi Edwards are both on standby to be recalled from their loan spells at York and Batley respectively.

Leeds Rhinos legend Rob Burrow MBE will be the guest of honour at Thursday night’s game.

The eight time Grand Final winner will be back at the stadium on a match day for the first time since his joint fundraising game with Jamie Jones-Buchanan in January 2020, which saw a record crowd pack into Emerald Headingley to watch the Leeds legends return to beat local rivals Bradford Bulls 34-10.

Burrow, who was inducted into the Leeds Hall of Fame in 2020 and is a Patron of the MND Association will also be at the game on the night his new autobiography ‘Too Many Reasons to Live’, will also be launched.

‘Too Many Reasons to Live’ is available to buy for £20 and can be pre-ordered on the Elite Pro Sports website. Fans attending Thursday’s game against the Giants will also be able to get their copy of the book from the Elite Pro Sports Shop on St Michael’s Lane and also in the Tetley’s South Stand.

From gates opening, the big screen will be showing a number of features surrounding Rob’s remarkable achievements on the pitch and his inspirational efforts to raise funds and awareness for MND. Among the features, there will be highlights of Rob’s rugby career as well as spoken sections of ‘Too Many Reasons to Live’.

To buy your tickets for the rivals round match with Huddersfield, go to tickets.therhinos.co.ukor phone on 0371 423 1315 (Monday to Friday 10.30am – 3.30pm). Please be aware that the ticket office at Emerald Headingley Stadium is not open on non-match days.

The squad in full is:
2 Tom Briscoe sponsored by Wetherby Whaler
3 Harry Newman sponsored by Warners Fish Merchants
4 Konrad Hurrell sponsored by Berry’s
5 Ash Handley sponsored by Roxy Ball Room
6 Rob Lui sponsored by Vale Services
9 Kruise Leeming sponsored by Fenton Finance
13 Zane Tetevano sponsored by NIC Services Group Ltd
14 Brad Dwyer sponsored by The Artisan Drinks Co
16 Richie Myler sponsored by YF Furniture
17 Cameron Smith sponsored by Warners Fish Merchants
18 Tom Holroyd sponsored by West Riding Paper Services
19 King Vuniyayawa sponsored by Vale Services
20 Bodene Thompson sponsored by ACS Stainless Steel Fixings
22 Sam Walters sponsored by Warners Fish Merchants
23 Callum McLelland sponsored by Trivent LTD
24 Luke Briscoe sponsored by Roxy Ball Room
25 James Donaldson sponsored by LR Motors (Yorkshire) Limited
26 Jarrod O’Connor sponsored by Sano Physiotherapy
28 Corey Hall sponsored by Lost Rockstar Clothing
30 Levi Edwards sponsored by Stowe Family Law
31 Morgan Gannon sponsored by Simon Baynes