Leeds Rhinos news: Blake Austin banned for Warrington opener

Drew Darbyshire
Blake Austin Leeds

Leeds’ new recruit Blake Austin will not face his former club Warrington in Channel 4’s first live showpiece on Saturday due to suspension.

The 31-year-old joined the Rhinos on a one-year contract from the Wolves in the off-season.

Austin, who spent three seasons at Warrington, has picked up a one-match ban by the Rugby Football League’s match review panel. He was found guilty of a Grade B dangerous contact in their 38-6 pre-season friendly win over Hull.

The Great Britain international will miss Saturday’s opener against Warrington, but will be available for the following week’s trip to Wigan.

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Leeds prop Zane Tetevano says this pre-season has been one of the most enjoyable he’s had, saying there is plenty of good energy in the Rhinos camp.

The 31-year-old joined the Rhinos from NRL side Penrith Panthers ahead of last season. He made 11 appearances in his debut Super League season.

Tetevano is feeling fresh and ready to go in 2022, with there being a real positive vibe around Headingley.

He told Love Rugby League: “It has been one most enjoyable pre-seasons I’ve had. It has been good to be able to start the year having a good pre-season under my belt with the lads. I’m pretty stoked.

“We’ve got some young kids coming through who have been really good who you will probably see at some stages of the year. We’ve had some changes around the coaching staff.

“It has been uplifting, there has been a lot of good energy. We’ve had some good signings as well so I’m looking forward to the season.

“Everyone is flowing and clicking which is nice. Training is going really well and I’m ready to go.”

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