Super League preview: Leeds Rhinos v Hull FC
Last Updated: 01/02/13 7:23pm
Gareth Ellis is back in Super League and will line up against the Leeds Rhinos as Hull FC take on the champions at Headingley Carnegie.
Ellis helped Leeds to Grand Final success over St Helens in 2008 and spent the last three seasons playing in the NRL with the Wests Tigers.
Mitch Achurch, Joe Vickery and Joel Moon are all set to make their Super League debuts for Rhinos on Friday evening.
All three have been named in head coach Brian McDermott's 19-man squad for the opening game of the season.
The Rhinos are only without Ben Jones-Bishop and experienced forward Kylie Leuluai through injury so McDermott is able to field a near full-strength squad.
Wing Jones-Bishop, 24, will be sidelined for six months as he is undergoing a course of treatment after being diagnosed with a pulmonary embolism in pre-season training.
Leeds might be back-to-back champions, however, McDermott is determined to improve Leeds' form on a consistent basis.
"I do not look at the things we've achieved in the two years I've been at the club," he said. "Unfortunately, I look at the two losses we've had in the last two Challenge Cup finals.
"I also look at our scratchy league form week in week out over the last two years. Those are the things I focus on."
Hull FC are expected to have no less than seven new signings on show at Headingley after Peter Gentle named his 19-man squad for the clash.
Prop Paul Johnson, second row Richard Whiting and half-back Richard Horne are all named after featuring in the 60-14 victory over York last weekend.
Forwards Danny Tickle (bicep) and Liam Watts (thumb) miss out as expected.
Leeds: Hardaker, Watkins, Moon, Hall, McGuire, Burrow, McShane, Peacock, Jones-Buchanan, Ablett, Sinfield, Ward, Delaney, Bailey, Kirke, Clarkson, Achurch, Griffin, Vickery
Hull FC: Arundel, Briscoe, Crookes, Ellis, Galea, Green, Heremaia, Holdsworth, Horne, Houghton, Johnson, Lynch, McDonnell, O'Meley, Pitts, Seymour, Westerman, Whiting, Yeaman
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Wigan Warriors0 - 0Castleford Tigers
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Sun 10th May
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Widnes Vikings0 - 0Leeds Rhinos
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Leeds Rhinos0 - 0Hull K R
Salford Red Devils0 - 0Warrington Wolves
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Hull K R0 - 0Castleford Tigers
Wakefield Wildcats0 - 0Leeds Rhinos
Warrington Wolves0 - 0Catalans Dragons
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Hull K R0 - 0Widnes Vikings
Wakefield Wildcats0 - 0Salford Red Devils
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Fri 19th Jun
Wigan Warriors0 - 0Salford Red Devils
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Sun 21st Jun
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Leeds Rhinos0 - 0Hull FC
Widnes Vikings0 - 0Huddersfield Giants
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