The Rhino’s will be looking to give debuts to former England half back Luke Gale, Matt Prior, Alex Mellor and Rhys Evans who have all been brought into the club after what could only be described as a poor two seasons for the Rhino’s as they have been involved in relegation battles in both 2018 and 2019.
One person who wont be included is massive prop forward Ava Seumanufagai who faces a number of weeks on the side line after suffering a knee injury in on of their recent warm up games.
The visitors themselves also have a host of possible debuts within the 21 man squad named yesterday. Great Britian back rower Josh Jones possibly headlines Hull’s new recruits along side former Tongan hit man Manu Ma’u as the pair look to make up part of what could be a terrifying forward pack.
Speaking about his new second rowers Hull head coach Lee Radford spoke to Sky Sports;
“For me, he (Jones) was the best back row in the competition last year and whenever we played him, he caused us some real issues, I've been an admirer of him for a while now and to get him through the door was really pleasing because there was some genuine competition for his signature.
While when discussing Ma’U who is nicknamed the Tongan Terminator because of his fearsome reputation Radford added;
“He's been great – he's a very well-spoken human being who you probably wouldn't want to cross! I love the way he play’s and I love the way he trains as well.”
Prop forward Ligi Sao, Jordan Johnstone and Adam Swift are the others hoping to walk out in the super league opener.
Leeds Rhinos (from): Walker, Newman, Hurrell, Handley, Lui, Gale, Prior, Mellor, Martin, Ward, Dwyer, Sutcliffe, Myler, Cuthbertson, Oledzki, Evans, Smith, Mclelland, Briscoe, Donaldson, Holroyd.
Hull FC (from): Shaul, Faraimo, Tuimavave, Griffin, Swift, Connor, Sneyd, Taylor, Satae, Jones, Ma'u, Sao, Kelly, Johnstone, Fash, Lane, Bowden, Savelio, Fonua, Ellis, Naulago.