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Leeds v Hull KR: 21-man squads, injury update and TV details

It’s a game as big as any play-off match on Friday night as Leeds Rhinos host Hull KR. It could prove to be a winner takes all contest depending on the result at the Jungle on Thursday night as fellow play-off contenders Castleford meet Warrington. If the Tigers win, both Leeds and Hull KR will be left needing a win to secure their place in the play-offs. But will the spoils go to the Rhinos or the Robins?

Leeds Rhinos have had a turbulent year. It’s not been the kind of season Richard Agar would have wanted as they looked to build on the Challenge Cup success of last term. Injuries have constantly derailed them and that’s been true of recent weeks. The Rhinos though need to pull together one more time to seal their place in the play-offs and will need to dust themselves down after last weekend’s disappointing defeat to St Helens.

Meanwhile, Hull KR have been awe-inspiring this season. They’re the best team to watch in the league thanks to the brand of rugby Tony Smith instils in his charges. Many believe they deserve to finish inside the top six but to do so they’ll have to beat a resurgent Rhinos side on Friday.

The game kicks off at 19:45 and is live on Sky Sports Arena.

Leeds Rhinos

The big news for the Rhinos is the return of Konrad Hurrell. It was feared by many that he could’ve played his final game for the Rhinos when he got injured against Leigh but he’s back in contention this week as is Rob Lui who missed the loss at St Helens due to HIA protocols. Corey Johnson also features in the 21-man squad after making his second debut for the Rhinos last week.

21-man squad: 2 Tom Briscoe, 3 Harry Newman, 4 Konrad Hurrell, 5 Ash Handley, 6 Rob Lui, 9 Kruise Leeming, 10 Matt Prior, 12 Rhyse Martin, 14 Brad Dwyer, 16 Richie Myler, 17 Cameron Smith, 18 Tom Holroyd, 20 Bodene Thompson, 21 Alex Sutcliffe, 22 Sam Walters, 24 Luke Briscoe, 25 James Donaldson, 26 Jarrod O’Connor, 27 Jack Broadbent, 31 Morgan Gannon, 32 Corey Johnson.

Hull KR

It’s the wrong kind of news for the Robins as their outside backs take a huge hit this week. Ryan Hall and Greg Minikin are both unavailable which leave Smith’s options out wide strained. The good news is that Korbin Sims is back in the fold providing vital strength down the middle for the play-off chasing Robins.

21-man squad: 2 Ben Crooks, 4 Shaun Kenny-Dowall, 7 Jordan Abdull, 8 Albert Vete, 9 Matt Parcell, 10 Korbin Sims, 11 Brad Takairangi, 12 Kane Linnett, 14 Jez Litten, 16 George King, 18 Matty Storton, 19 Will Dagger, 20 Mikey Lewis, 24 Joe Keyes, 25 Rowan Milnes, 26 Will Maher, 27 Luis Johnson, 28 Muizz Mustapha, 30 Will Tate, 31 Tom Whur, 33 Jimmy Keinhorst.

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