Leeds Rhinos: Hardaker makes return to Rhinos line-up

Zak Hardaker.
Zak Hardaker.
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ENGLAND SQUAD member Zak Hardaker will make his first pre-season appearance for Leeds Rhinos in Sunday’s final warm-up match at Doncaster.

Hardaker has recovered from an illness suffered on this month’s training camp in Florida and will start at full-back, with teenager Ashton Golding dropping to the bench.

Winger Ash Handley and forwards Andy Yates, Mitch Achurch, Josh Walters and Elliot Minchella will all back up after playing in Jamie Peacock’s testimonial match against Bradford Bulls last weekend.

Other players from the senior squad who will be on duty at Keepmoat Stadium are centre Jimmy Keinhorst, stand-off Liam Sutcliffe and hooker Robbie Ward.

Ward, winger James Duckworth, centre Luke Briscoe and prop Robbie Mulhern are all included after playing on dual-registration for Hunslet Hawks against Salford Red Devils last weekend.

The Leeds team is: Hardaker, Duckworh, L Briscoe, Keinhorst, Handley, Sutcliffe, Lilley, Mulhern, R Ward, Yates, Achurch, Walters, Minchella. Subs Brierley, Milton, Frankland, Hallas, Golding.