Leeds announce strong team for Wakefield clash

Leeds Rhinos have named a strong side for The Wetherby Whaler Festive Challenge against Wakefield Wildcats on Boxing Day at Headingley.

New signings Beau Fallon and Keith Galloway are set to make their first appearance for the club whilst ten of the treble winning side will feature against Wakefield.

Youngsters Aston Golding, Ash Handley and Jordan Lilley have been handed the chance to impress in the first-team with England trio Zak Hardaker, Ryan Hall and Kallum Watkins rested for the clash.

Brian McDermott’s side will begin their title defence against Warrington Wolves on the 4th February after a treble winning season in 2015.

Before then, Leeds will travel over to USA, where McDermott coaches the national side, to face USA Pioneers on the 17th January.

“Pre-season training has been going well and we are in a good position to name a strong team,” McDermott told the club’s official website.

“I am sure our fans will be keen to see Keith and Beau in action for the first time.”

The full squad for the fixture is as follows:

1. Ashton Golding
2. Ash Handley
3. Jimmy Keinhorst
4. Joel Moon
5. Tom Briscoe
6. Danny McGuire
7. Rob Burrow
8. Keith Galloway
9. Beau Falloon
10. Adam Cuthbertson
11. Josh Walters
12. Carl Ablett
13. Brad Singleton
14. Jordan Lilley
15. Mitch Garbutt
16. Mitch Achurch
17. Jordan Baldwinson
18. Ryan Jones
19. Cameron Smith
20. Josh Jordan Roberts
21. Mikolaj Oledski