Leeds Rhinos: Achurch out for Wire test

Mitch Achurch.
Mitch Achurch.
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Leeds Rhinos coach Brian McDermott will make at least one change to his 17 for tonight’s game at Warrington Wolves.

In-form forward Mitch Achurch suffered a leg injury in last week’s win at Hull and will not be risked, though McDermott said earlier in the week he did not expect the problem to affect the second-rower’s game.

McDermott had hoped to give Brett Delaney – who made his first appearance of the season last Sunday on dual-registration with Hunslet Hawks – at least another week before recalling him to Rhinos’ squad, but he has been included in the initial 19 and could replace Achurch on the bench.

Another option is Josh Walters, who has yet to play this season, but was 18th man last week.

England academy full-back Ashton Golding is included in the 19-man squad for the first time this season. He made one Super League appearance last term, in the defeat at London Broncos.

Warrington are without captain Joel Monaghan, but Ryan Atkins, Chris Bridge and Ben Harrison could be recalled after being rested for last Sunday’s 32-24 home win over Hull KR.