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Super League: Rhinos pair head south of the river to find competitive action

Last Updated: 28/03/14 12:25pm

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Ryan Bailey: Six-time champion during his career with the Rhinos

Ryan Bailey: Six-time champion during his career with the Rhinos

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Rhinos stars Ryan Bailey and Chris Clarkson are set to play for near-neighbours Hunslet Hawks in their third-tier clash with London Skolars on Sunday.

Bailey, who is in his Testimonial year with the club, has been left out of Brian McDermott's line-up for Friday's Super League trip to St Helens, while Clarkson, who made his Leeds debut in 2010, is also fighting for a return to first team action.

Each has a wealth of big-match experience, with back-row forward Clarkson having played in two Challenge Cup Finals and collected a Grand Final winners' ring in 2011, while Bailey has won the Super League title on six occasions with his home-town club.

The presence of both Leeds-born players in the Hawks' ranks will be a big boost for the team from the south of the river and it is the controversial dual-registration system that has enabled it to happen.

Darren Williams, director of rugby at the Kingstone Press Championship One side said "We've resisted the temptation to utilise dual registration so far in 2014 but our injury list is horrendous at present and it's starting to cause some concern.

"We even had to cancel Tuesday's training session due to the low numbers of players fit enough to be able to train."

Despite their personnel problems the Hawks are currently in third place in the league table, five points above the second-bottom Skolars.

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