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Squad News: Leeds Rhinos hand out debut and Hull KR without star player

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Friday night means Super League rugby live on Sky Sports and tonight there is coverage of three games with Hull KR hosting London Broncos, Castleford Tigers look for a first win against Salford Red Devils and the showpiece game pits Leeds Rhinos against Warrington Wolves.

Round Seven was kicked off yesterday with Leigh Leopards slipping to a heavy defeat in the ‘Battle of the Borough’ against Wigan Warriors in front of a crowd of 10.308, Matt Peet’s side running in eight tries by eight different scorers.

The teams for all three games tonight have now been confirmed with a number of surprise decisions made, whilst other changes have been forced through either injury or suspension.

Castleford Tigers vs Salford Red Devils

Salford Red Devils have signed David Nofoaluma per reports

In a rematch of the Round Two game, Castleford seek their first win of the season against Super League’s surprise package Salford Red Devils and the Tigers are close to full-strength.

Once again the veterans fill out the pack with Paul McShane, Liam Watts and Joe Westerman starting, but there is set to be a round of applause in the tenth minute in recognition of George Lawler who was rushed to hospital earlier in the week after suffering a bleed on his brain.

As for Salford, they have Man of Steel front-runner Marc Sneyd starting once again but the big news sees NRL recruit David Nofoaluma starting on the wing in place of Ethan Ryan.

Ryan Brierley capped off his 300th career appearance with two tries last week and the full-back will once again look for such an impact.

Hull KR vs London Broncos

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The Robins are four wins from six in Super League whereas London remain winless and Willie Peters has outlined his intent not to be the first side to lose to Mike Eccles’ side thus he’s named a strong line-up.

Injury concerns Joe Burgess and Dean Hadley aren’t risked but the surprise comes from hooker Jez Litten being left out, seemingly rested, with Matt Parcell taking over. That could leave the Robins with yet more kicking issues.

As for London they see hooker Reiss Butterworth drop out as he’s unable to face his parent club but loanee Harvey Makin from Wigan Warriors starts from the bench to add some punch. Former Robins Rhys Kennedy is set to line up against his former club for the first time.

Leeds Rhinos vs Warrington Wolves

Super League Rohan Smith and new Leeds Rhinos captain Cam Smith.

Leeds Rhinos successfully appealed Cameron Smith’s ban but they didn’t challenge Justin Sangare’s meaning they’re without the French prop for tonight’s game.

There is a welcome return for Harry Newman who left the field following a gruesome mouth injury in last week’s win over Castleford, whilst Tom Holroyd is another welcome addition and Ned McCormack looks set to debut.

As for the visitors, they’ve had somewhat of a prop crisis with Joe Philbin and Zane Musgrove missing out after failing HIAs and Paul Vaughan being suspended. That’s seen them granted special RFL dispensation to recall Max Wood from Bradford Bulls.

Captain Stefan Ratchford replaces Rodrick Tai and Leon Hayes is once again selected ahead of Josh Drinkwater to play alongside George Williams.

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