Leeds born prop Loui McConnell will be looking to replicate last seasons form in 2019. McConnell played his junior rugby at local clubs Methley Warriors and Oulton Vikings. He signed onto the Rhinos scholarship programme in 2014 and was part of the winning side in the North v South game of that year. He joined the academy in 2016 and was part of the England Youth side in the Test series win against France, which he says was the most memorable game he has played in. Last season, he made 22 appearances, including a starting spot in the academy Grand Final vs Wigan.