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Leeds Rhinos v Wakefield Trinity: 19-man squads announced for Friday-night derby

Mitch Garbutt. PIC: Steve Riding
Mitch Garbutt. PIC: Steve Riding
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Director of Rugby, Kevin Sinfield, has made five changes to his 19-man Leeds Rhinos squad for his first home match as against Wakefield Trinity on Friday (kick-off 7.45pm at Emerald Headingley).

Ash Handley, Carl Ablett, Brad Dwyer, Mitch Garbutt and Cameron Smith return for ninth-placed Leeds, who have lost eight Super League games in a row. Their last win came against Hull KR on April 29.

James Batchelor. PIC: Tony Johnson

James Batchelor. PIC: Tony Johnson

Handley and Garbutt return after minor injuries, but this is the first game back for Ablett since the Ladbrokes Challenge Cup quarter-final victory over Leigh Centurions (the game that was played at Featherstone Rovers).

Wakefield, who sit three points above Rhinos in sixth place on the Super League ladder, have made just the one change to the side beaten at home by Catalans Dragons last time out.

James Batchelor replaces Liam Finn following a concussion.

Leeds Rhinos, from: Golding, Briscoe, Sutcliffe, Hall, Moon, Myler, Cuthbertson, Parcell, Singleton, Ablett, Ward, Dwyer, Garbutt, Ferres, Handley, Walker, Smith, Oledzki, Walters.

Carl Ablett. PIC: Bruce Rollinson

Carl Ablett. PIC: Bruce Rollinson

Wakefield Trinity, from: Annakin, Arona, Ashurst, Batchelor, Caton-Brown, England, Fifita, Hampshire, Hirst, Horo, Johnstone, Jones-Bishop, Jowitt, Lyne, Miller, Pauli, Randell, Tupou, Wood.