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Hull KR are guaranteed a record attendance at their newly-renamed KC Lightstream Stadium for the visit of Super League giants Leeds on Sunday.

Their Super League opener will beat their previous high of 10,250, which came against city rivals Hull FC in a 17-10 win back in June 2011.

Rovers and the Rhinos split the contests last season with Leeds running out 44-10 winners in East Yorkshire, only for their opponents to exact revenge in August at Headingley with a 16-12 success.

KR coach Craig Sandercock will give debuts to Neville Costigan, Kris Keating, Jamie Langley, Kevin Larroyer, Justin Poore, Jonny Walker and Michael Weyman, while winger Ben Cockayne starts his second stint with the club.

Centre Sean Gleeson and forward Jason Netherington are sidelined through injury and Craig Hall stands by in case stand-off Travis Burns fails to recover in time from shoulder surgery.

"We have quite a lot of depth this year and it was a difficult decision selecting who plays in a couple of positions," Sandercock told the Hull Daily Mail.

Tough to pick

"The bench was tough to pick too, especially working out the best way to play Leeds. Leeds have a good big side and we need to be sensible as to who we pick."

Leeds will give debuts to hooker Paul Aiton and England winger Tom Briscoe, while prop forward Ryan Bailey has overcome an injury picked up in his testimonial game a fortnight ago.

Loose forward Stevie Ward, who missed the last five months of the previous season with a shoulder injury, is set to make his comeback, ironically in the fixture which curtailed his 2013 campaign.

The Rhinos missed out on last season's Grand Final and while the club have enjoyed a productive pre-season coach Brian McDermott knows the hard work starts now.

"A wise old man once said to me, 'You don't win anything in pre-season, but if you don't do it properly you won't win anything', and that is true," said a philosophical McDermott.

"We've worked hard and we have done everything that we needed to do but we need to get started and get some momentum going first before we get really excited."

Hull KR: Burns, Carlile, Cockayne, Costigan, Eden, Green, Hall, D. Hodgson, J. Hodgson, Horne, Keating, Langley, Larroyer, Poore, Salter, A. Walker, J. Walker, Welham, Weyman.

Leeds Rhinos: Hardaker, Jones-Bishop, Watkins, Moon, Hall, McGuire, Burrow, Leuluai, Aiton, Peacock, Ablett, Sinfield, Ward, Delaney, Bailey, Clarkson, Briscoe, Sutcliffe, Singleton.

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First Utility Super League Table

First Utility Super League Table - February 28 2015
Pos Team P Pts
1 St Helens 3 6
2 Leeds Rhinos 3 6
3 Wakefield Wildcats 2 4
4 Catalans Dragons 3 4
5 Warrington Wolves 3 4
6 Wigan Warriors 2 3
7 Hull FC 3 2
8 Salford Red Devils 3 2
9 Widnes Vikings 2 1
10 Castleford Tigers 3 0
11 Hull K R 2 0
12 Huddersfield Giants 3 0
Forthcoming First Utility Super League Fixtures
TimeFixture
First Utility Super League
Friday 27th February
20:00St Helens vs Castleford Tigers
Saturday 28th February
14:00Catalans Dragons vs Warrington Wolves
19:30Salford Red Devils vs Hull FC
Sunday 1st March
15:00Hull K R vs Wigan Warriors
15:00Widnes Vikings vs Wakefield Wildcats
Thursday 5th March
20:00Hull FC vs Leeds Rhinos
Friday 6th March
20:00Wakefield vs St Helens
20:00Huddersfield Giants vs Widnes Vikings
20:00Castleford Tigers vs Wigan Warriors
Saturday 7th March
15:30Catalans Dragons vs Salford Red Devils
Today's Results
TimeResult
First Utility Super League
Thursday 26th February
Leeds Rhinos 28 - 24 Huddersfield Giants
Sunday 15th February
Wakefield 44 - 24 Hull K R
Saturday 14th February
Catalans Dragons 13 - 12 Castleford
Friday 13th February
Hull 6 - 7 Warrington
Leeds 38 - 6 Widnes
Wigan 24 - 16 Huddersfield
Thursday 12th February
Salford 6 - 52 St Helens
Sunday 8th February
Castleford 22 - 24 Wakefield
Huddersfield 0 - 19 Hull
Hull K R 30 - 40 Leeds

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