Leeds Rhinos lose star man for St Helens clash

Leeds Rhinos will be without powerful centre Konrad Hurrell for Sunday's visit of St Helens.

Friday, 7th August 2020, 1:31 pm
Richie Myler and Ash Handley celebrate Konrad Hurrell's game-saving try against Huddersfield. Picture by James Hardisty.

Hurrell bagged a brace of tries in last weekend’s win over Huddersfield Giants, which took Rhinos top of Betfred Super League, but will miss out because of a hamstring injury.

Rhinos are hopeful the injury is not long-term.

Winger Tom Briscoe could come in for his first appearance since suffering anterior cruciate ligament damage in a win at Huddersfield on August 2 last year.

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Nineteen-year-old full-back, centre or wing Jack Broadbent has been drafted into Rhinos’ initial 21-man squad and is in contention for his debut, along with three-quarter Rhys Evans who joined Leeds from Bradford Bulls in the off-season.

Evans, who made more than 100 appearances for Warrington Wolves, was loaned back to his former club and played for them twice before the Championship season was suspended.

Callum McLelland, who has featured once for Rhinos this season, has also been called into the 21 and Alex Sutcliffe and Tom Holroyd are vying to replace James Donaldson who suffered a fracture in his back last Sunday and is expected to be sidelined for five to six weeks.

Forward Adam Cuthbertson is in the reckoning to make his 150th appearance for Rhinos.

Rhyus Evans, centre, could make his Rhinos debut on Sunday. Picture by Varley Picture Agency.

Liam Sutcliffe (knee), Dom Crosby (knee) and Stevie Ward (head) remain on Rhinos’ casualty list.

Saints boss Kristian Woolf has named an unchanged 21 from last week, with Dom Peyroux, Matty Lees, Jack Welsby and Lewis Dodd in contention alongside the players who beat Catalans Dragons.

Leeds Rhinos: from T Briscoe, Newman, Handley, Lui, Gale, Seumanufagai, Leeming, Prior, Mellor, Martin, Dwyer, Myler, Cuthbertson, Oledzki, Evans, C Smith, McLelland, L Briscoe, A Sutcliffe, Holroyd, Broadbent.

St Helens: from Coote, Makinson, Naiqama, Percival, Grace, Lomax, Fages, Walmsley, Roby, Taia, Peyroux, McCarthy-Scarsbrook, Knowles, Lees, Amor, A Smith, Bentley, Welsby, Batchelor, Dodd, Graham.

Jack Broadbent (number 34) is included in Rhinos' initial squad. Picture by Varley Picture Agency.

Referee: Chris Kendall (Huddersfield).

Kick-off: Sunday, 6.30pm.

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