Leeds Rhinos star’s surprise absence for Wakefield clash explained

When Leeds Rhinos named their 21-man squad for their clash against Wakefield Trinity there was a notable absentee.

New signing Justin Sangare has been outstanding to start the season but he was absent in the squad.

However, Leeds fans need not worrying with him being on compassionate leave after the birth of his daughter.

Rohan Smith spoke about it to the press today:

“Justin’s partner went into labour during the St Helens but he was committed to playing and finishing that game so we have given him some compassionate leave to be with his family given that he is away from home and doesn’t have his family network around so it is important that we as a club support him and allow him that time to settle in.

“She was born in Leeds so I sent him a message to say that though the baby will have some African background and obviously French but now the baby is from Yorkshire so I think it is a good story and it is part of our culture that is expanding.

“We have guys from lots of different parts of the world so it is cool to share that with them.”

He did confirm that he would play against Castleford Tigers in Round Five:

“He has done a good job for us so far and will be back in the team next week for sure.”

Fortunately, fellow new recruit Sam Lisone is back from illness to replace him.

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