Leeds v St Helens: James Roby set for 500th Saints appearance & one change for Rhinos

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Captain James Roby is set to make his 500th St Helens appearance against Leeds this Friday in the Super League.

Only three players have reached the milestone for St Helens – Kel Coslett (531), Eric Chisnall (523) and Billy Benyon (514).

Roby, 36, could get the chance to join the iconic trio against Leeds at Headingley Stadium.

Alex Walmsley also returns from injury and has been named in the 21-man squad. He picked up a knock in the club’s victory over Warrington earlier this month.

Winger Regan Grace misses out after he left the field early in the Challenge Cup sixth round victory over Whitehaven. It was his first appearance of the season after picking up an injury during pre-season.

Will Hopoate, Matty Lees and Sione Mata’utia are still out through injury.

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One change for Leeds

There is only one change made by interim head coach Jamie Jones-Buchanan for Leeds‘ clash against the champions.

Brad Dwyer misses out having picked up a one-match suspension. He is joined on the sidelines by Zane Tetevano, who is completing his two game ban this week.

Youngster Max Simpson is called up to the first team squad to complete the 21 man squad.

David Fusitu’a continues to miss out and requires a minor surgery. The surgery will keep the Tonga international out of action for a couple of weeks, the club has confirmed.

The fixture will be broadcast live on Sky Sports.

Leeds: Walker, Sutcliffe, Handley, Austin, Sezer, Oledzki, Leeming, Prio, Bentley, Martin, Mellor, Smith, Thompson, Briscoe, Gannon, Broadbent, O’Connor, Donaldson, Mustapha, Simpson, Tindall.

St Helens: Welsby, Makinson, Percival, Lomax, Dodd, Walmsley, Roby, Batchelor, Knowles, Lussick, McCarthy-Scarsbrook, Sironen, Paasi, Amor, Wingfield, Simm, Davies, Hurrell, Normal, Royle, Bennison.

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About Josh McAllister 1325 Articles
Journalist. Joined the Love Rugby League team full time at the start of 2022 having been a freelance reporter for several years. Previously media manager for Swinton and Rochdale.

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