Challenge Cup: Leeds Rhinos v Hull KR


Richard Agar’s Leeds are fourth in Super League, while Hull KR are bottom
Venue: TW Stadium Date: Friday, 18 September Kick-off: 20:15 BST Coverage: BBC local radio, BBC Sport website and app.

Leeds Rhinos say preparations for their Challenge Cup tie with Hull KR “have not been impacted” by one of their players testing positive for Covid-19.external-link

A second player has shown symptoms and is awaiting a test result, while two others have been stood down because of track and trace protocols.

Former Leeds front-rower Robbie Mulhern returns for Hull KR after injury.

Jordan Abdull is suspended for two games and is replaced by fellow half-back Jamie Ellis.

The Rhinos announced their squad before confirming their player’s positive test, with Matt Prior, Rhyse Martin, Luke Briscoe, Tom Holroyd and Alex Mellor included for a repeat of the 2015 Challenge Cup final.

Brad Dwyer and Alex Sutcliffe are banned, while Bodene Thompson, Brett Ferres and James Harrison are cup-tied after featuring for other clubs.

Rhinos head coach Richard Agar was assistant to John Kear when he led Hull FC to victory over Leeds in the 2005 final at Cardiff, while Rovers boss Tony Smith was in charge of the beaten Leeds team.

Neither side has been to the final since that 2015 date at Wembley, which saw Tom Briscoe become the first to score five tries in the showpiece.

Leeds (from): T Briscoe, Newman, Hurrell, Handley, Lui, Gale, Seumanufagai, Leeming, Prior, Mellor, Martin, L Sutcliffe, Myler, Cuthbertson, Oledzki, McClelland, L Briscoe, Donaldson, Walters, Holroyd, O’Connor.

Hull KR (from): Dagger, Ellis, Garbutt, Gee, Hadley, Hauraki, Kenny-Dowall, Lawler, Lewis, Linnett, Litten Livett, Maher, Minchella, Minikin, Mulhern, Murray, Parcell, Peteru, Ryan, Storton.

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