Leeds Rhinos squad named for Huddersfield Giants challenge - Tetevano and Vuniyayawa to make debut but Eastmond misses out

Overseas signings Zane Tetevano and King Vuniyayawa will both make their first appearance for Leeds Rhinos in Sunday's pre-season game at Huddersfield Giants, but there is no place for fellow recruit Kyle Eastmond.

Friday, 12th March 2021, 1:41 pm

Coach Richard Agar has named a 21-man squad for the game which comes 13 days before Rhinos' Betfred Super League opener against Wakefield Trinity.

Seventeen year olds Morgan Gannon and Levi Edwards are both included for what will be their first game at senior level, but Leeds are without a host of big names.

Eastmond will not be risked, 11 days after returning to league from rugby union and Matt Prior, who arrived back in England last week, is also left out.

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Zane Tetevano will pull a Rhinos shirt on for the first time this weekend. Picture by Phil Daly/Leeds Rhinos.

Both are expected to be available for round one, along with captain Luke Gale, who is recovering from a pectoral muscle injury.

Jack Walker, Harry Newman and Rob Lui are on the long-term injury list and other players not included in tomorrow's squad include Tom Holroyd and Alex Sutcliffe - who both had surgery in the off-season, Konrad Hurrell and groin injury victim Callum McLelland.

Alex Mellor will complete a two-match ban imposed last season.

Leeds Rhinos' squad is: Tom Briscoe, Ash Handley, Mikolaj Oledzki, Kruise Leeming, Rhyse Martin, Zane Tetevano, Brad Dwyer, Liam Sutcliffe, Richie Myler, Cameron Smith, King Vuniyayawa Bodene Thompson, Sam Walters, Luke Briscoe, James Donaldson, Jarrod O’Connor, Jack Broadbent, Corey Hall, Liam Tindall, Levi Edwards, Morgan Gannon.

King Vuniyayawa. Picture by Phil Daly/Leeds Rhinos.

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