Leeds Rhinos: Mac to field a strong side against Pioneers

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LEEDS RHINOS coach Brian McDermott will field a strong line-up in tomorrow’s pre-season game in Florida.

Rhinos are due to take on the USA Pioneers at the University of North Florida, in Jacksonville (7pm GMT).

McDermott will use 21 players, including England trio Zak Hardaker, Kallum Watkins and Ryan Hall, against an American team drawn from 10 clubs across the USARL domestic competition, which is currently in its off-season.

Jamie Peacock, Carl Ablett and Mitch Achurch will also get a run-out after missing the Boxing Day win over Wakefield Trinity Wildcats.

Rhinos are without Joel Moon, Kevin Sinfield and Brett Delaney, who all underwent knee surgery in pre-season, plus Rob Burrow, who is recovering from a groin problem. Danny McGuire and Liam Sutcliffe will continue at half-back, following an impressive showing against Wakefield and Aussie recruit Adam Cuthbertson is named at loose-forward for his second Rhinos game.

Rhinos’ side is: Hardaker, T Briscoe, Watkins, Keinhorst, Hall, McGuire, Sutcliffe, Leuluai, Aiton, Peacock, Jones-Buchanan, Ablett, Cuthbertson. Subs: S Ward, Achurch, Singleton, Walters, Yates, Minchella, R Ward, Golding.

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