Derby debut for Paul Aiton

Papua New Guinea hooker Paul Aiton will make his Leeds Rhinos debut against former club Wakefield Trinity Wildcats on Boxing Day.

Leeds coach Brian McDermott has named his starting 13 for the festive fixture and the 28-year-old will line up alongside Ian Kirke and Ryan Bailey on the front row.

McDermott’s most notable selection is fullback Zak Hardaker, who starts the game at scrum-half alongside 19-year-old Liam Sutcliffe at stand-off.

Academy youngsters Thomas Minns and Ash Handley will feature in the Rhinos’ threequarter line. Tickets for the match, which kicks off at 11.30am at Headingley, are £17 for adults and £5 for under-16s.

Discounts are available for anyone buying tickets before 1.00pm on Christmas Eve. Rhinos team to face Wakefield: 1 Ben Jones-Bishop, 2 James Duckworth, 3 Thomas Minns, 4 Joel Moon, 5 Ash Handley, 6 Liam Sutcliffe, 7 Zak Hardaker, 8 Ian Kirke, 9 Paul Aiton, 10 Ryan Bailey, 11 Chris Clarkson, 12 Brett Delaney, 13 Mitch Achurch.