Rohan Smith has named a strong 21-man squad for Friday’s quarter-final clash with Catalans Dragons, with centre Harry Newman included for the first time since the Round 23 victory over Hull Kingston Rovers.
The charismatic youngster limped from the field with a hamstring injury just short of the hour mark in the 28-20 victory, with Smith saying in the post-match press conference: “Harry is most likely done for the season.”
Newman has struggled with injuries this season, but should he not be fit enough to play for Leeds this season, he will have his eyes on the first, and potentially only, home World Cup of his career.
In other news, Rhyse Martin is out of the squad after receiving a two-match ban from the RFL disciplinary.
The second-rower was initially charged with a one-match ban, but after an appeal was deemed ‘frivolous’, the ban was upped to two.
Ash Handley is also out of the squad that faced Castleford last week to decide who made the playoffs.
The winger came off the pitch during the game and was seen sitting in the stands with a protective boot on his foot.
Handley has been the Rhinos’ captain for a large part of this season due to the injury of Kruise Leeming.
The Rhinos are still without Jack Walker, David Fusitu’a, Tom Holroyd, Bodene Thompson and Max Simpson who are all out due to injury.
Leeds Rhinos 21-man squad to face Catalans:
Newman, Sutcliffe, Austin, Sezer, Oledzki, Leeming, Prior, Bentley, Tetevano, Dwyer, Myler, Smith, Briscoe, Gannon, Walters, O’Connor, Donaldson, Johnson, Mustapha, Tindall, Hardaker.