Leeds v Catalans: Brad Dwyer boosts Rhinos against depleted Dragons

Drew Darbyshire
Brad Dwyer Leeds Rhinos

Brad Dwyer in action for Leeds in the opening game of the season

Leeds Rhinos will welcome back hooker Brad Dwyer against a Catalans Dragons forward pack that are low on numbers this Thursday.

Dwyer has completed his one-match suspension and returns to Richard Agar’s squad as they look to return to winning ways after defeats to Warrington and Wigan.

The Rhinos are without David Fusitu’a, Richie Myler, Harry Newman, Tom Holroyd, Sam Walters and Muizz Mustapha through injury.

Ireland international James Bentley has three more games to complete his suspension. Rhyse Martin will miss Thursday’s match whilst at home in Australia on compassionate leave following the death of his father.

Agar has included Max Simpson, Jack Broadbent and Jarrod O’Connor who missed out last week.

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As for Catalans, coach Steve McNamara will be without four regular forwards. Prop Dylan Napa has three matches of his suspension to serve, whilst Dudson has three.

Prop Julian Bousquet is recovering from surgery on his broken arm, whilst energetic utility back Arthur Mourgue remains out.

The latest blow for the Dragons sees Mickael Goudemand miss the Leeds clash due to concussion. As a result Mathieu Cozza has come into the Catalans squad.

Leeds: Walker, Sutcliffe, Handley, Austin, Sezer, Oledzki, Leeming, Prior, Tetevano, Dwyer, Mellor, Smith, Thompson, Briscoe, Gannon, Broadbent, O’Connor, Donaldson, Johnson, Simpson, Tindall.

Catalans: Davies, Langi, Whare, Yaha, Pearce, Drinkwater, McIlorum, Whitley, McMeeken, Garcia, Da Costa, Jullien, Seguier, Laguerre, Romano, May, Dezaria, Cozza, Chan, Kasiano, Tomkins.

The Super League clash takes place at Headingley on Thursday (8pm), live on Sky Sports.

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