St. Helens and Leeds Rhinos have both named their 19-man squads ahead of the first Super League game of the season this Thursday at the Totally Wicked Stadium.
Both sides have named strong squads as they look to get their season off to the best possible start and set themselves on the way to a strong 2017.
The game could see as many as five players make the debut for Saints, with Luke Douglas, Ryan Morgan, Tommy Lee, Adam Walker and 20-year old half back Danny Richardson all included in the 19. Joe Greenwood has also been named despite a rumoured bid from NRL side Gold Coast Titans for his services.
But, as we know, they will be without off-season signing Matty Smith through a broken leg suffered against Widnes in pre-season, while Louie-McCarthy Scarsbrook, Jack Owens and Matthew Fleming also miss out.
We could also see two new faces in the Leeds side in Matt Parcell and Jack Ormondroyd, who have both been selected in Brian McDermott’s 19. Rhinos captain Danny McGuire is also in with a chance of playing amid worries over his fitness, and Rob Burrow will make his 500th career appearance in the Round 1 fixture as he enters his 17th season of Super League rugby.
Keith Galloway is still missing for Leeds as he continues to recover from the Achilles injury picked up in the Qualifiers game at Huddersfield in the final weeks of the 2016 season, as is Brett Ferres who hasn’t yet managed to shake off the calf problem that forced him to drop out of England’s Four Nations squad. Australian Brett Delaney is also absent.
The squads in full are:
St. Helens- 1- Jonny Lomax, 2- Tommy Makinson, 3- Ryan Morgan, 4- Mark Percival, 5- Adam Swift, 6- Theo Fages, 8- Alex Walmsley, 9- James Roby, 10- Kyle Amor, 11- Joe Greenwood, 12- Jon Wilkin, 14- Luke Douglas, 15- Adam Walker, 16- Luke Thompson, 17- Tommy Lee, 18- Dominique Peyroux, 20- Morgan Knowles, 23- Jack Ashworth, 24- Danny Richardson.
Leeds Rhinos- 1- Ashton Golding, 2- Tom Briscoe, 3- Kallum Watkins, 4- Joel Moon, 5- Ryan Hall, 6- Danny McGuire, 7- Rob Burrow, 9- Matt Parcell, 10- Adam Cuthbertson, 11- Jamie Jones-Buchanan, 12- Carl Ablett, 13- Stevie Ward, 14- Liam Sutcliffe, 16- Brad Singleton, 17- Mitch Garbutt, 18- Jimmy Keinhorst, 20- Anthony Mullally, 23- Jack Ormondroyd, 24- Jordan Baldwinson.