Rohan Smith, the head coach of the Leeds Rhinos, has announced his 21-man squad for the highly anticipated clash against the Castleford Tigers at St James’ Park this Saturday. The encounter will be Game 3 of the Magic Weekend, with the kick-off scheduled for 6pm.

Unfortunately, the Rhinos will be without three key players due to injuries sustained during their last Friday’s defeat against St Helens at Headingley. Aidan Sezer, Harry Newman, and Morgan Gannon have all been ruled out for the upcoming match. However, there is some positive news on the injury front, as James McDonnell, who successfully appealed his ban, will be available for selection.

James Bentley, who recently completed the necessary return-to-play protocols after suffering a concussion, has also earned his place in the 21-man squad. His return will undoubtedly boost the team’s defensive capabilities.

Moreover, the Rhinos will welcome back the dynamic Blake Austin, who missed the last two games. Austin’s return is expected to add firepower to the team’s attacking lineup. Additionally, two promising young talents, Leon Ruan and Alfie Edgell, could make their much-anticipated debuts, having been included in the initial squad.

The complete squad for the upcoming clash against the Castleford Tigers is as follows:

  1. Richie Myler
  2. Nene MacDonald
  3. Ash Handley
  4. Blake Austin
  5. Mikolaj Oledzki
  6. James Bentley
  7. Rhyse Martin
  8. Cameron Smith
  9. Jarrod O’Connor
  10. Derrell Olpherts
  11. Justin Sangare
  12. Tom Holroyd
  13. James McDonnell
  14. Luke Hooley
  15. Sam Walters

With this formidable lineup, the Leeds Rhinos aim to secure a victory against the Castleford Tigers in what promises to be an enthralling encounter at St James’ Park. The team’s fans eagerly await the kickoff, hoping to witness an exciting and memorable performance from their beloved Rhinos.