Leeming and Mellor to miss Rhinos’ Boxing Day clash

Leeds Rhinos have confirmed new signings Kruise Leeming and Alex Mellor will miss the club’s Boxing Day clash with Wakefield through injury.

The pair were set to make their debuts in the Festive challenge but are now unavailable after picking up knee and groin knocks respectively.

Young forward Muizz Mustapha will also miss the game after rolling his ankle in training.

In their places, 19-year-old Corey Johnson has been named at hooker, while Alex Sutcliffe now starts in the second row.

Teenage outside back Jack Broadbent and prop Wellington Albert, who will join Featherstone in the New Year, have been drafted in on the bench.

Leeds Rhinos squad v Wakefield: 1 Jack Walker, 3 Harry Newman, 15 Liam Sutcliffe, 4 Konrad Hurrell, 5 Ash Handley, 6 Rob Lui, 7 Luke Gale, 8 Ava Seumanufagai, 29 Corey Johnson, 19 Mikolaj Oledzki, 26 Alex Sutcliffe, 13 Stevie Ward (c), 22 Cameron Smith. Subs: 14 Brad Dwyer, 16 Richie Myler, 17 Adam Cuthbertson, 25 James Donaldson, 34 Jack Broadbent, 35 Wellington Albert.

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