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Leeds stand down seven players for Friday game over coronavirus protocols

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Konrad Hurrell has been struggling with a hamstring problem but is included by Leeds for the West Yorkshire derbyVenue: Totally Wicked Stadium Date: Friday, 11 September Kick-off: 20:15 BST Coverage: Updates on BBC local radio and live scores on the BBC Sport websiteLeeds Rhinos have stood down seven playersexternal-link before Friday’s Super League match against…

Konrad Hurrell
Konrad Hurrell has been struggling with a hamstring problem but is included by Leeds for the West Yorkshire derby
Venue: Totally Wicked Stadium Date: Friday, 11 September Kick-off: 20:15 BST Coverage: Updates on BBC local radio and live scores on the BBC Sport website

Leeds Rhinos have stood down seven playersexternal-link before Friday’s Super League match against Huddersfield as a precaution under Covid-19 protocols.

One member of the Rhinos squad is awaiting the results of an antigen test after a family member showed symptoms of coronavirus.

Six other players who had been in close contact with the player earlier in the week will also sit out the match.

None of the players in question trained on Thursday.

On Tuesday, the whole Rhinos squad and backroom staff produced negative test results for the virus.

The game will go ahead with Brett Ferres, Adam Cuthbertson and Alex Sutcliffe drafted into the Leeds squad.

Ex-England international and Queensland back-rower Chris McQueen is included in the Huddersfield squad for the first time since his move from Wests Tigers.

Star half-back Aidan Sezer, full-back Ashton Golding and winger Darnell McIntosh also return for the Giants.

Under the new win percentage system for deciding the league table in Super League, Leeds are in fifth, with Giants just two places behind.

After back-to-back defeats against Saints and then Wigan, Leeds bounced back with a thrashing of Salford in their last game, before their meeting with Wakefield last weekend was postponed following positive coronavirus tests in the Trinity ranks.

Simon Woolford’s Giants have lost all four of their games since the restart, including a narrow 27-26 defeat by Leeds in their first fixture back.

Leeds (from): T Briscoe, Newman, Hurrell, Handley, Lui, Gale, Seumanufagai, Leeming, Prior, Mellor, Martin, Dwyer, L Sutcliffe, Myler, Oledzki, Thompson, McClelland, L Briscoe, Donaldson, A Sutcliffe, Holroyd, Ferres, Cuthbertson.

Huddersfield (from): Golding, McGillvary, Jake Wardle, Turner, McIntosh, Sezer, Gavet, O’Brien, Edwards, Joe Wardle, Lawrence, English, Wilson, Cudjoe, Holmes, Russell, Senior, Hewitt, Wood, Trout, McQueen.

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