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Rhinos bring out the big guns for Burrow

Super League Champions Leeds Rhinos will field a virtually full strength team for their final pre-season game against Championship winners Featherstone Rovers at Headingley Carnegie on Friday night, kick off 8pm, in Rob Burrow's Testimonial game.
Rhinos bring out the big guns for Burrow
by NRL

Super League Champions Leeds Rhinos will field a virtually full strength team for their final pre-season game against Championship winners Featherstone Rovers at Headingley Carnegie on Friday night, kick off 8pm, in Rob Burrow's Testimonial game.

Burrow made his debut for the Rhinos back in 2001 and his first start for Leeds came in Daryl Powell's first game as Head Coach. Powell will now return to Headingley Carnegie with his Featherstone side to honour one of the most exciting players in the modern game.

Burrow will start alongside Danny McGuire in the half backs with Kevin Sinfield not included for this game. Lee Smith starts on the wing with Kallum Watkins and Zak Hardaker teaming up in the centres, the latter playing against his former club.

Paul McShane gets his chance at hooker whilst new signings Darrell Griffin and Richard Moore are included on the bench.

Commenting on the team Head Coach Brian McDermott said, "We are fielding our strongest possible team as this is an important game for us as we prepare for the season. We have not selected Kevin Sinfield and Jamie Peacock because both players are at a stage in their career when we don't need them to play any additional fixtures considering how much game time they played last season and will hopefully do again this year otherwise we are at full strength.

"Rob has been a fantastic player for Leeds down the years and has been central to the success we have had. I hope Leeds supporters turn out in large numbers to support him because he has given us all some fantastic memories over the last ten years," added McDermott.

Tickets are &;15 for adults, &;10 for concessions and just &;5 for juniors which is for all areas of the ground, whether seating or standing. The South Stand is closed for this game however the Supporters Club will be open from 5.30pm in the South Stand car park as usual on a match night. Turnstiles open at 6pm and for this game, car parking is available in Car Park F for supporters priced &;4 per car whilst space permits.

The team in full is:

1. Brent Webb
14. Lee Smith
3. Kallum Watkins
4. Zak Hardaker
5. Ryan Hall
6. Danny McGuire
7. Rob Burrow
8. Kylie Leuluai
9. Paul McShane
16. Ryan Bailey
11. Jamie Jones-Buchanan
14. Brett Delaney
12. Carl Ablett
19. Weller Hauraki
24. Liam Hood
20. Darrell Griffin
21. Richard Moore
18. Chris Clarkson


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