Leeds Rhinos have confirmed that their traditional festive fixture will now be played at its traditional date and time on Boxing Day having initially being pencilled in to be played on the 27th December due to Leeds United’s game against Manchester City.
However, the fact that that fixture has been switched to the 28th December, has seen Leeds Rhinos move the game back to the 26th December at 11:30 sustaining tradition as the two meet yet again in a Christmas cracker.
The statement released by the club read:
“Following the announcement that Leeds United will now play Man City on Wednesday 28th Dec, the Rhinos have announced that the Festive Challenge against Wakefield Trinity will now revert to its traditional slot on Boxing Day, Monday 26th December at Headingley kick off 11.30am.”
Following the announcement that Leeds United will now play Man City on Wednesday 28th Dec, the Rhinos have announced that the @wetherbywhaler Festive Challenge v @WTrinityRL will now revert to its traditional slot on Boxing Day, Monday 26th December at Headingley kick off 11.30am
— Leeds Rhinos (@leedsrhinos) October 27, 2022
The game could be the first chance for Leeds fans to see new signings like Derrell Olpherts and James McDonnell in the blue and amber.
Likewise, it could be Wakefield fans’ chance to see Morgan Smith debut after making the switch from Featherstone Rovers.
Perhaps it could also be a debut for Kevin Proctor who is said to have signed a “very lucrative deal” with Trinity for 2023.
In last year’s friendly between the two Leeds gave debuts to Blake Austin and Aidan Sezer as well as Jack Sinfield as the Rhinos ran riot with Richie Myler pulling the strings.
Harry Newman also showed his class with a lovely try but won’t feature this year through injury.