18th January 2018, 12:44 | Leeds

Leeds Rhinos season preview

Leeds Rhinos season preview

It almost feels like a mini new era at Headingley Stadium, following the departures of iconic half-back pairing Rob Burrow and Danny McGuire.

The Rhinos are riding the crest of a wave after lifting their eighth Betfred Super League title at Old Trafford this year to send the legendary duo off on a high.

Brian McDermott seems to have made a couple of sound acquisitions over the close season, with half Richie Myler arriving from Catalans Dragons whilst 6ft5in man-mountain Nathaniel Peteru arriving from Gold Coast Titans.

They begin the season with a tricky-looking trip to Warrington Wolves before McGuire returns to Leeds as Hull KR visit Elland Road in Round 2.

That is followed up with a trip to Australia to face Melbourne Storm in the World Club Challenge, where the Rhinos will aim to retain the title of World Champions for Super League.

 

One to Watch: Jack Walker

Less than 12 months into his senior career and already with a Grand Final ring to his name, it’s fair to say Jack Walker has started his Leeds Rhinos spell at the top.

He made an immediate impact for the Rhinos, scoring a hat-trick on his debut against Doncaster in the Challenge Cup, and went onto impress for the remainder of the season.

Vying for the full-back spot with Ashton Golding, if the 18-year-old gets another good run in the team, 2018 could be a big year for him.

Transfers In

Brad Dwyer (Warrington Wolves)
Richie Myler (Catalans Dragons)
Nathaniel Peteru (Gold Coast Titans)

 

Transfers Out

Cory Aston (Castleford Tigers)
Jordan Baldwinson (Featherstone Rovers)
Rob Burrow (Retired)
Danny McGuire (Hull KR)

 

First Six Fixtures

Warrington Wolves (Away) – Sky Sports
Hull Kingston Rovers (Home (Elland Road)) – Sky Sports
Melbourne Storm (Away) – Sky Sports
Widnes Vikings (Away)
Catalans Dragons (Home)
Hull FC (Home) – Sky Sports

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