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Kevin Sinfield to miss out on one final Leeds Rhinos appearance

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Leeds will field nine members of their Grand Final-winning team against the New Zealand tourists at Headingley on Friday but Kevin Sinfield will not be among them.

The Rhinos' record-breaking captain has been ruled out with a hand injury sustained in the win over Wigan at Old Trafford 12 days ago which means that his rugby league career is officially at an end as he prepares to switch codes with Yorkshire Carnegie.

Jamie Peacock is also missing from the Leeds team but fellow front rower Kylie Leuluai, who is also retiring, will play one final game before hanging up his boots.

Auckland-born Leuluia, who defied a heart condition to help the Rhinos complete the treble, will line up alongside former Leeds legends Ali Lauitiiti and Adrian Morley who are returning to make one final appearance in blue and amber.

Back-row forwards Brett Delaney and Carl Ablett and hooker Rob Burrow are also ruled out through injury while Ryan Hall, Zak Hardaker and Kallum Watkins are on England duty but R hinos fans will get a first chance to see new signing Anthony Mullally.

Leeds are expecting a near-capacity crowd, with the South Stand and Carnegie Stand terrace sold out and fewer than 1,000 tickets left for the Western Terrace along with around 100 restricted view seats.

The Rhinos expect to beat their highest attendance of 2015 of 18.514 for the visit of St Helens in July.

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