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Rohan Smith makes surprise centre and fullback call as he names Leeds Rhinos side against Leigh Leopards

Rohan Smith has named his team for today’s friendly as the Leeds Rhinos take on the Super League’s newest side Leigh Leopards at Leigh Sports Village. The clash kicks off at 15:00.

There are a few surprises as Smith names Ash Handley at fullback with Richie Myler on the bench.

Fellow winger David Fusitu’a is surprisingly named at centre, a position he played for New Zealand Warriors at times.

Speaking of his days with the Warriors, his former teammate in the NRL debuts for the Rhinos today in the shape of Sam Lisone.

He starts on the bench as another debutant Luis Roberts starts on the wing against his former club.

On the other flank, Derrell Olpherts makes his second appearance at centre with Liam Tindall on the wing.

Aidan Sezer and Blake Austin start in the halves with Kruise Leeming at hooker.

Young men Sam Walters and Tom Holroyd are the props with Zane Tetevano starting in the back row a role he played well last year.

New signing Leon Ruan makes his first start alongside Tetevano with James Donaldson at 13.

Jack Sinfield returns from injury to feature on the bench whilst Jarrod O’Connor, Morgan Gannon and new signings James McDonnell and Justin Sangare are also amongst the subs.

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