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England star to come up against Will Pryce – 10 years after playing alongside his dad

Will Pryce and Leon Pryce

England and former Bradford Bulls and Catalans star Elliott Whitehead is set to come up against Will Pryce this weekend, a decade after playing with his dad.

Leon Pryce, Will’s dad, was a Great Britain and England international, and won Super League four times and the Challenge Cup six times in his time with remarkable Bradford Bulls and St Helens sides.

Meanwhile, Elliott Whitehead started his Super League career in 2009, also at Bradford Bulls, before moving to the South of France in 2013 where he became a team-mate of Leon Pryce.

They played two seasons together before Pryce left for Hull FC in 2015, with Whitehead departing for the NRL a season later to sign for Canberra Raiders in NRL.

Whitehead, 34, is still with the Raiders, now as captain and has played more first-grade matches (including Super League) than any other NRL player – with 374 so far.

He will now play against Will Pryce, 21, who will be playing just his second NRL game. Pryce made a scoring debut last weekend in Newcastle Knights’ 32-26 victory over Parramatta Eels.

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Will Pryce to face his dad’s friend and former team-mate

Will Pryce had to wait a while for his first game in NRL, as for months after leaving Huddersfield Giants for Newcastle, he was playing reserve-grade competition as Knights head coach Adam O’Brien didn’t think he was ready.

However, he starred in a victory last week against Parramatta Eels, scoring on debut and offering a huge improvement from recent weeks.

Now, he’ll play for a second time, lining up against Elliot Whitehead 17 years after the veteran was his father’s teammate with Catalans Dragons.

Leon Pryce played for Catalans Dragons from 2012 to 2014, while Whitehead’s time in Perpignan came from 2013 to 2025, meaning they played together for two years – while Will was yet to become a teenager.

However, Pryce actually coached Whitehead when he was a junior with West Bowling, an amateur side in Bradford.

Via ABC, Whitehead said: “I knew Leon since I was young, I left Bradford at 16 and went back to play at West Bowling where he was head coach, he’d pick me up and take me to training.

“His aura stood out. What he’d done in the game, how good he was as a player, how much people respected him.

“You’d take everything he said on board. He was laid back, but he knew how to switch on.”

Whitehead was given his Challenge Cup debut by Pryce in 2007 and they faced each other in 2010 as St Helens played Bradford in Round 2 of the season.

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