Rhinos handed Ward boost

06 February 2018 09:00:39 EST

Leeds Rhinos have been boosted by the return of forward Stevie Ward ahead of their Super League clash with Hull KR at Elland Road on Thursday.

The Rhinos will welcome the Robins to the home of Leeds United, with former skipper Danny McGuire set to make a return to face his former club following his winter switch.

Leeds will go into the encounter on the back of a fine win on the road against the Warrington Wolves in their Super League opener.

Head coach Brian McDermott has been handed the news Ward is set to make his first appearance since last October's Grand Final victory over Castleford Tigers at Old Trafford.

The 24-year-old has been declared fit following shoulder surgery in the close season, while full-back Ashton Golding has been cleared to return to play after a hip injury.

Mitch Garbutt also returns from a quad injury, however Nathaniel, Keith Galloway and Brett Ferres all miss out.

Leeds are 1/10 to win and 6/1 to lose to Hull KR, who secured promotion from the Championship last season and now have the veteran half-back McGuire in their ranks.

Meanwhile the Rhinos are 150/1 to win the Grand Final this season and 7/1 to claim the Challenge Cup.

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