Tonight’s homecoming for St Helens is close a home sell out as the World Champions host a Grand Final rematch.
St Helens take on Leeds Rhinos in Round 3 of Betfred Super League 2023, with kick-off at the Totally Wicked Stadium scheduled for 8pm.
Tickets in the West Stand are completely sold out and the club have extremely limited availability left in the East Stand which is the away stand where Leeds fans will be situated.
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The World Club Champions are coming home to a buzzing Totally Wicked Stadium!
Tickets are still available in the East Stand at the turnstiles👇#COYS | #HistoryInTheMaking
— St.Helens R.F.C. (@Saints1890) March 3, 2023
Saints have made just one change and that’s the return of Tommy Makinson after the star winger missed their round one fixture.
Makinson had failed a HIA in the World Club Challenge and therefore was declared unavailable to train for 12 days under the new concussion protocols, ruling him out for their trip to the Jungle.
Lewis Baxter drops out of the squad as a result but otherwise Paul Wellens’ men are unchanged.
Skipper James Roby and centre Will Hopoate both remain missing after picking up knocks during their trip down under, whilst Joe Batchelor is still dealing with an injury that prevented him from playing in that game.
Agnatius Paasi also misses out in the match that is expected to be a sell-out crowd with the World Club Challenge trophy set to be paraded pre-game.
As for Leeds, Morgan Gannon has missed out to the squad given his 12-day concussion return to play protocol, whilst youngsters Leon Ruan and Luis Roberts also miss out.
In their place come James Bentley, Liam Tindall and Jack Sinfield who all step into the squad.
Bentley is returning from a knee injury whilst Tindall returns following a brief one week spell at Bradford on his dual registration deal.
Tindall crossed over last week for the Bulls and re-joins alongside the young Sinfield.
James McDonnell could make his debut for the Rhinos following his inclusion in the squad.