Big guns to feature for Leeds this weekend

Leeds Rhinos have handed first appearances of pre-season to several big stars this Sunday, as coach Brian McDermott names a strong squad for the visit of Bradford Bulls.

The game, which doubles up as Jamie Peacock’s testimonial – he will start in the front row, sees Kevin Sinfield, Rob Burrow, Joel Moon and Carl Ablett make their first appearances of pre-season, however, fullback Zak Hardaker has been rested for the game.

“We have stood Zak down this week,” McDermott explained.

“He was taken ill on camp in America and, whilst he has made some recovery since getting back, he is still not 100% and we think it is the smart thing not to push him at this stage of the season. Ash Golding has been in great form in pre-season and it will be good for him to get another game under his belt.

“It will be a special day for Jamie on Sunday and I am sure there will be a big turn out from Leeds and Bradford fans to salute a true legend of the modern game,” added McDermott.

Leeds team to face Bradford Bulls:
26. Ash Golding
2. Tom Briscoe
3. Kallum Watkins
4. Joel Moon
5. Ryan Hall
13. Kevin Sinfield
6. Danny McGuire
10. Jamie Peacock
9. Paul Aiton
11. Jamie Jones-Buchanan
12. Carl Ablett
14. Stevie Ward
17. Adam Cuthbertson

7. Rob Burrow
22. Andy Yates
19. Brad Singleton
8. Kylie Leuluai
16. Mitch Achurch
21. Josh Walters
23. Elliot Minchella
27. Ash Handley