Leeds Rhinos take on Leigh Leopards today.
The Rhinos have two new signings set to debut and an exciting squad that wouldn’t be a miss in Super League.
Here’s how the Rhinos could line up today.
Fullback: Richie Myler
After starting the Boxing Day friendly in the halves, Leeds’ new number one will return to fullback today especially with Luke Hooley recovering from surgery. The fullback will likely play some minutes in the halves as Leeds’ next best option in the role.
Wingers: David Fusitu’a and Ash Hanley
David Fusitu’a is back in the mix for Leeds after missing the run in last season and the journey to Old Trafford after finishing the win against Huddersfield Giants with an injury. He will have more minutes this pre-season than last year. He will be joined by the brilliant Ash Handley who will likely spend some time at fullback.
Centres: Luis Roberts and Derrell Olpherts
Two new signings who can play wing and centre could start. It would be exciting for Roberts against Leigh, his former club. As for Olpherts, it’s been talked about a lot that he can cover the centre roles.
Halfbacks: Blake Austin and Aidan Sezer
After missing the Boxing Day game, this is a good chance for these two to establish their partnership after injury hit seasons in 2022. They could fire Leeds to success in 2023.
Props: Zane Tetevano and Sam Lisone
With Mikolaj Oledzki set to miss the start of the season, this game will show how Rohan Smith will set up his props at the start of the season and he could very well go with the NRL experience of Tetevano and Lisone.
Hooker: Kruise Leeming
Leeming ended last season on the bench behind Jarrod O’Connor, but he was back starting against Wakefield on Boxing Day. He will be hoping to cement the role.
Second-Rowers: James McDonnell and Morgan Gannon
With James Bentley injured, Rhyse Martin undercooked it is Leeds’ backrow of the future with former Leigh loanee James McDonnell joining teenager Morgan Gannon in the backrow.
Loose-Forward: James Donaldson
Always trusted at loose-forward, James Donaldson could start there today though Smith could trust the ball playing Jarrod O’Connor in the role.