Catalans Dragons and Leeds Rhinos have announced their 21-man squads for Saturday afternoon’s round seven clash in Perpignan.
The game will be played behind closed doors following the decision from French authorities to ban gatherings of more than 1,000 people in the aim of reducing further spread of the coronavirus. The game will, however, be streamed live on the Sky Sports YouTube channel.
Steve McNamara makes three changes from the squad that beat Salford last week. Sam Tomkins is suspended and is replaced by the returning David Mead. Meanwhile, Joel Tomkins and Lucas Albert both come back in, with Benjamin Jullien and Arthur Romano missing out.
21-man squad: 1 David Mead, 2 Lewis Tierney, 3 Samisoni Langi, 4 Israel Folau, 5 Fouad Yaha, 6 James Maloney, 7 Josh Drinkwater, 8 Remi Casty, 9 Michael McIlorum, 11 Matt Whitley, 12 Joel Tomkins, 13 Benjamin Garcia, 14 Julian Bousquet, 15 Mickael Simon, 18 Alrix Da Costa, 20 Lucas Albert, 21 Paul Seguier, 23 Antoni Maria, 24 Jason Baitieri, 25 Arthur Morgue, 28 Sam Kasiano.
Tom Briscoe returns to the Rhinos’ squad for the first time this season, as he nears full fitness after recovering from a serious knee injury suffered last August. He replaces Liam Sutcliffe. Leeds are still without Jack Walker, Kruise Leeming, Stevie Ward and Dom Crosby.
21-man squad: 2 Tom Briscoe, 3 Harry Newman, 4 Konrad Hurrell, 5 Ash Handley, 6 Rob Lui, 7 Luke Gale, 8 Ava Seumanufagai, 10 Matt Prior, 11 Alex Mellor, 12 Rhyse Martin, 14 Brad Dwyer, 16 Richie Myler, 17 Adam Cuthbertson, 19 Mikolaj Oledzki, 22 Cameron Smith, 23 Callum McLelland, 24 Luke Briscoe, 25 James Donaldson, 26 Alex Sutcliffe, 28 Tom Holroyd, 37 Joe Greenwood.