Leeds Rhinos squad named to face Catalans Dragons: Two key men return but another misses out
Two first-choice players are back in contention for Leeds Rhinos’ trip to Catalans Dragons on Saturday, but another has had his comeback hopes dashed.
Prop Matt Prior has been named in an initial 21-man squad following a two-game ban.
Jack Sinfield, who was 18th man when Rhinos beat Wigan warriors last week, retains his place.
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Hooker Corey Johnson and winger Liam Tindall have both joined Bradford Bulls on loan.
They are included in the 21, but could be recalled if required.
Levi Edwards (York City Knights) and Oli Field (Oldham) are also on loan.
The only player dropping out from last week’s team is Yusuf Aydin who has returned to Wakefield Trinity following a one-match loan spell.
Zane Tetevano will complete his five-game ban this weekend and Tom Holroyd has three still to serve of his 10-match suspension.
Tom Briscoe (ankle) and Kruise Leeming (foot) remain on the long-term casualty list.
Catalans welcome back Leeds-born hooker Michael McIlorum after suspension.
Fouad Yaha, Corentin Le Cam, Cesar Rouge, Romain Franco and Taki Chan are also in contention for a call up, but Matthieu Laguerre and Benjamin Garcia drop out from the team which beat Huddersfield Giants last weekend.
Rhinos’ 21-man squad is David Fusitu’a, Harry Newman, Liam Sutcliffe, Ash Handley, Aidan Sezer, Mikolaj Oledzki, Matt Prior, James Bentley, Rhyse Martin, Brad Dwyer, Richie Myler, Cameron Smith, Bodene Thompson, Morgan Gannon, Jarrod O’Connor, James Donaldson, Corey Johnson, Muizz Mustapha, Liam Tindall, Jack Sinfield, Zak Hardaker.
Catalans’ 21 is: Arthur Mourgue, Semisoni Langi, Dean Whare, Fouad Yaha, Mitchell Pearce, Josh Drinkwater, Gil Dudson, Micky McIlorum, Alrix Da Costa, Benjamin Jullien, Paul Seguier, Mickael Goudemand, Arthur Romano, Corentin Le Cam, Mathieu Cozza, Cesar Rouge, Romain Franco,Joe Chan, Sam Kasiano, Sam Tomkins, Tisaki Chan.