The unbeaten Catalans Dragons are at Headingley this weekend looking to make it six wins from six to start the season: their best ever record to begin a campaign.
The last time Leeds Rhinos beat the Dragons at home was back in 2019 in a comprehensive win in which the Rhinos went down to 12 men when Brad Singleton was sent off.
There are four big pieces of news for the Dragons.
Mitchell Pearce, Matthieu Laguerre and Matt Whitley are back in the squad and replace Siua Taukeiaho, Ugo Tison and Tanguy Zenon.
There is still no Sam Tomkins but crucially despite reportedly missing training this week according to L’Independent, Tom Johnstone is included.
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Steve McNamara a dévoilé son groupe pour le déplacement à @leedsrhinos
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— Dragons Catalans (@DragonsOfficiel) March 23, 2023
As the Rhinos go in search of a win Leeds Head Coach Rohan Smith has also named his 21 man squad to face the unbeaten Catalans Dragons this Saturday live on Channel 4.
The Rhinos are expecting a bumper crowd for the 1pm Saturday lunchtime kick off.
Leeds are without Ash Handley, Mikolaj Oledzki and Morgan Gannon through injury whilst James Bentley will miss Saturday’s game as he serves a one game suspension.
Full back Luke Hooley, who joined the Rhinos from Batley in the close season, is included in the 21 man squad for the first time this season having made his comeback from an ankle injury in the Reserves last week. Jack Sinfield, who impressed in that Reserves win, is also included.
Hooker Corey Johnson returns to the squad to replace Kruise Leeming, who has asked for a release from his contract. Johnson played for Bradford Bulls last week on dual registration, as did Liam Tindall, who scored for the Bulls in their win over Sheffield and earns a recall to the 21 man squad for the Rhinos.
Sam Walters and James Donaldson both return to the squad having missed out at Castleford last week.
Leeds Rhinos Head Coach Rohan Smith has named his 21 man squad to face the unbeaten Catalans Dragons this Saturday at Headingley, live on @Channel4
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— Leeds Rhinos (@leedsrhinos) March 23, 2023