Leeds Rhinos star heads home to Australia on compassionate leave

Leeds Rhinos Head Coach Richard Agar has been forced to make a number of changes to his 21 man squad ahead of Friday’s trip to Wigan for the Round 2 Betfred Super League clash with the Warriors, live on Sky Sports.

Richie Myler has been ruled out with a groin injury suffered in the defeat to Warrington on Saturday whilst winger David Fusitu’a misses out as he completes his mandatory minimum 10 day return to play protocol following a failed Head Injury Assessment against the Wolves.

The Rhinos are also without forwards James Bentley and Brad Dwyer, who begin their four and one game suspensions respectively. Rhyse Martin has been allowed to return home to Australia on compassionate leave following the death of his father last week.

Leeds do welcome back half back Blake Austin for his debut. Austin missed the game against his former club Warrington last week through suspension but will make his delayed debut at DW Stadium.

Harry Newman, Alex Mellor, Jarrod O’Connor and Bodene Thompson, who all missed out on selection last week having been named in the initial 21 man squad are all included this week as is Jack Broadbent, Corey Johnson, Liam Tindall and Max Simpson. Johnson has been recalled from his two-game loan spell at Bradford Bulls whilst Simpson could make his debut.

The Leeds squad in full:

1 Jack Walker
3 Harry Newman
4 Liam Sutcliffe
5 Ash Handley
6 Blake Austin
7 Aidan Sezer
8 Mikolaj Oledzki
9 Kruise Leeming
10 Matt Prior
13 Zane Tetevano
15 Alex Mellor
17 Cameron Smith
19 Bodene Thompson
20 Tom Briscoe
21 Morgan Gannon
23 Jack Broadbent
24 Jarrod O’Connor
25 James Donaldson
26 Corey Johnson
28 Max Simpson
29 Liam Tindall

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