Rhinos name 21 man squad to travel to Saints

Jarrod O'Connor

Leeds Rhinos Head Coach Richard Agar has named his 21 man squad for this Friday’s trip to St Helens in the penultimate game of the Betfred Super League regular season.

Both teams played in Golden Point games at the Dacia Magic Weekend and the Rhinos know that they can guarantee their place in the top six play offs with victory.

The Rhinos will be without King Vuniyayawa after he suffered a foot injury in the win over Hull FC at St James’ Park on Saturday.

20-year-old hooker Corey Johnson is named in the 21 man squad for the first time after returning to the professional sport earlier this season. Johnson made his Rhinos debut in the final game of the 2019 season against Warrington at Emerald Headingley. He retired from professional Rugby League at the start of 2020 to pursue opportunities away from the game but resigned with Leeds midway through this season. He has spent the last few months on loan at York City Knights in the Betfred Championship but was recalled this week to the Rhinos squad. He will wear squad number 32.

Alex Sutcliffe could feature for the first time since Round 4 when he suffered a knee injury at Hull KR with Corey Hall, Sam Walters, Jarrod O’Connor and Levi Edwards added to the squad that played at Newcastle.

Leeds are also without Liam Sutcliffe (knee), Konrad Hurrell (foot), Luke Gale (knee), Zane Tetevano (suspension), Jack Walker (foot), Mikolaj Oledzki (toe), Callum McLelland (knee), Rob Lui (concussion) and Alex Mellor (knee).

The squad in full is:
2 Tom Briscoe sponsored by Wetherby Whaler
3 Harry Newman sponsored by Warners Fish Merchants
5 Ash Handley sponsored by Roxy Ball Room
9 Kruise Leeming sponsored by Fenton Finance
10 Matt Prior sponsored by K-Bins
12 Rhyse Martin sponsored by The Ortus Group
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
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 Sano Physiotherapy
27 Jack Broadbent sponsored by Johnstone’s Paint
28 Corey Hall sponsored by Lost Rockstar Clothing
30 Levi Edwards sponsored by Stowe Family Law LLP
31 Morgan Gannon sponsored by Simon Baynes
32 Corey Johnson