Super League; Leeds Rhinos v London Broncos preview
Last Updated: 22/03/14 9:34am
Leeds could hand a debut to prop Rob Mulhern when they host London Broncos at Headingley on Friday night, live on Sky Sports.
Teenager Mulhern trained with the first team during pre-season and has now been rewarded for his impressive performances in the under 19's in 2014 with a place in Brian McDermott's squad.
Ian Kirke could also make a welcome return to action, the forward having missed the opening five rounds of Super League following rib surgery in the off-season.
The hosts also look set to recall Ryan Hall in a week when the England international signed a new five-year deal to pledge his long-term future to the Yorkshire club despite interest from the NRL, as well as rugby union.
The winger was a spectator as his colleagues cruised to a 38-4 triumph over Widnes last time out, though he understands the need for McDermott to rotate his squad.
"We've started very well so far," Hall told Sky Sports. "We're not suggesting that we are going to go and win everything this year, but we are a team that strives to win everything.
"We've got a core group of players that are committed to the team for quite a few years, so it's nice to play with the same group of people.
"I missed out last weekend, but that is part of the healthy competition we've developed. It was a bit strange to watch from the sidelines, I'm not used to doing that part, so it will be nice to be back this week."
Hall's absence against Widnes afforded the opportunity for Ben Jones-Bishop to make his first start of 2014 - he duly responded with a brace of tries.
While he played on the wing against the Vikings, Jones-Bishop could be pushed inside against the Broncos as centre Joel Moon has been ruled out with a knee injury. Jamie Peacock and Brett Delaney are also left out of the 19-man party.
The Broncos, meanwhile, head up north following back-to-back home defeats during which they conceded a combined total of 94 points against Warrington and Wakefield.
They are yet to register a point this year and are only avoided propping up the rest in the table by Bradford still being in minus points following their punishment for going into administration.
"We were obviously very disappointed last time out," head coach Tony Rea told the club's official website.
"We're looking forward to getting back out on the field. Headingley will be a great rugby league experience for the boys and the ideal way to get back on the horse."
The only change to Rea's squad sees Iliess Macani replaced Jordan Atkins, who drops out due to a knee problem.
Leeds: Hardaker, Jones-Bishop, Watkins, Hall, McGuire, Burrow, Leuluai, Aiton, Jones-Buchanan, Ablett, Sinfield, Ward, Bailey, Kirke, Clarkson, Achurch, Briscoe, Singleton, Mulhern.
London Broncos: Bishay, Caton-Brown, Cook, Cunningham, Drinkwater, Farrar, Forster, Foster, Greenwood, Griffin, Krasniqi, Macani, McMeeken, Minns, Moore, O'Callaghan, Slyney, Solomona, Vea.
First Utility Super League
Tue 30th Jun
Hull K R34 - 28Salford Red Devils
Wed 1st Jul
Wakefield Wildcats26 - 16Hull FC
Thu 2nd Jul
Warrington Wolves17 - 6Wigan Warriors
Fri 3rd Jul
Leeds Rhinos46 - 18St Helens
Sun 5th Jul
Huddersfield Giants32 - 14Hull K R
Hull FC31 - 24Wakefield Wildcats
Salford Red Devils18 - 14Catalans Dragons
Castleford Tigers34 - 20Widnes Vikings
Thu 9th Jul
Wigan WarriorsvsLeeds Rhinos
Fri 10th Jul
St HelensvsHuddersfield Giants
Sun 12th Jul
Hull FC0 - 0Castleford Tigers
Salford Red Devils0 - 0Hull K R
Wakefield Wildcats0 - 0Warrington Wolves
Widnes Vikings0 - 0Catalans Dragons
Thu 16th Jul
Warrington WolvesvsSt Helens
Fri 17th Jul
Hull K RvsHull FC
Leeds Rhinos0 - 0Salford Red Devils
Wigan Warriors0 - 0Widnes Vikings
Sat 18th Jul
Catalans DragonsvsHuddersfield Giants
Sun 19th Jul
Wakefield Wildcats0 - 0Castleford Tigers
Thu 23rd Jul
Hull FCvsWigan Warriors
Fri 24th Jul
St Helens0 - 0Hull K R
Sun 26th Jul
Huddersfield Giants0 - 0Wakefield Wildcats
Leeds Rhinos0 - 0Catalans Dragons
Widnes Vikings0 - 0Salford Red Devils
Castleford Tigers0 - 0Warrington Wolves
Super League 2014, round six
Jon Sharp has defended the actions of referees coach Steve Ganson in entering referees' dressing rooms at half-time.
We look at who have been Super League's best and worst so far in the 2014 season.
Hull KR coach Craig Sandercock praised his players for keeping Bradford scoreless as the Robins won 16-0.
- Noble praises Chase display
- Radford: It is a crisis
- Castleford suffer first loss
- Six straight for Saints
- Rovers ease past Bulls
- Frayssinous praises attitude
- Dragons get hot at last
- McDermott hails Burrow
- Rhinos on the rampage
- Wakefield v St Helens: Teams
- Hull FC v Vikings: Teams
- Red Devils v Tigers: Teams
- Hull KR v Bulls: Teams
- Wane praises Wigan defence
- Wigan battle past Warrington
- Minns up for Rhinos reunion
- Dragons v Giants: Teams
- Powell: Dorn replaces Tansey
- Tansey banned for three games
- McCarthy-Scarsbrook banned
- Walsh sidelined for Saints
- Wolves v Warriors: Teams
- Wane: Smith row is old news