WAKEFIELD Trinity Wildcats head coach Richard Agar is eager to find out just how well his side’s Super League XVII preparations are going when Leeds Rhinos provide the opposition on Boxing Day (kick-off 11.30am).
Agar has named a strong 20-man squad, including 13 new signings, for the traditional Heatshot Festive Challenge at Headingley Carnegie.
The Wakefield boss has had eight weeks to work with the majority of his squad in training but it’ll be the first time he gets to see them out on the pitch in a competitive match.
“It’s going to be an interesting game, we’re ready for it and I’m excited by it,” he said.
“It’d be nice to win it but it’s very much about the performance.
“I want to see where we’re at, how we’re playing to the systems we’ve been working on, what we need to improve upon, and generally setting a template to work from for the rest of our preparations.
“We still have five or six weeks after the game to work on things.”
Danny Washbrook (hamstring) and Danny Kirmond (shoulder) will both have late fitness tests for Wakefield, but winger Peter Fox isn’t yet ready for a return to action.
Rhinos head coach Brian McDermott has labelled the traditional festive fixture as key to his new season preparations and former Wildcats Richard Moore, Jay Pitts and Darrell Griffin will be in his squad.
Wildcats’ 20-man squad: Kyle Amor, Ben Cockayne, Dean Collis, Richard Mathers, Isaac John, Andy Ellis, Tim Smith, Oliver Wilkes, Andy Raleigh, Steve Southern, Kyle Wood, Paul Johnson, Kyle Trout, Frankie Mariano, Matt Wildie, Dale Morton, Danny Kirmond, Danny Washbrook and Matt James.
Leeds Rhinos team: 1. Lee Smith, Jimmy Watson, Kallum Watkins, Zak Hardaker, Jamel Chisholm, Stevie Ward, Rob Burrow, Darrell Griffin, Paul McShane, Ian Kirke, Jay Pitts, Weller Hauraki, Chris Clarkson, Liam Hood, Richard Moore, Brad Singleton, Luke Briscoe.
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