2023 NSL Season Preview: Leeds Rhinos

THE 2023 Netball Super League (NSL) season is just around the corner, and clubs and fans alike are gearing up for another exciting season.

After an eventful off-season the 10 NSL clubs are ready to go for another year, and to prepare for the upcoming campaign, we here at Rookie Me Central cast our eyes around the league and take a look at where each of the clubs sit ahead of the new season.

Next up are the Leeds Rhinos. After a debut season to remember two years ago, things did not go as well for the Rhinos in 2022.

They only finished sixth, which saw them miss the finals, but the Rhinos will be hoping all their new faces in 2023 will help turn things around.

The first fresh face is an off-court one, with Liana Leota coming in as the new head coach. The former Severn Star and New Zealand Silver Fern replaces Tracey Robinson who has returned to Australia.

Michelle Magee, Vicki Oyesola, Brie Grierson and Rosie Harris remain in the side, but they have plenty of new team mates that have come from all over the world to make Leeds home this season.

Paige Reed has come across from Severn, while Welsh star Nia Jones has followed former team mate Leota across to the Rhinos. Former Thunder pair Caroline O’Hanlon and Millie Sanders have also changed NSL clubs.

The new recruits also include a South African duo, with shooter Elmere van der Berg and defender Nicola Smith coming into the NSL this year.

Ellie Bird has made the move from the Tactix of New Zealand to the Rhinos, while former Adelaide Thunderbird Elle McDonald has also joined the club. McDonald has really made the most of the fact she was in fact born in the UK in the last few months, and will be looking to take her netball to a completely new level in 2023.

The most recognised face in terms of departures is Jade Clarke, who has left to head to the Pulse.

South African Sigi Burger has left for the Stars, Amy Clinton will play for Manchester, and Rhea Dixon will don Loughborough colours.

Amelia Hall is taking a break, while Lydia Walker, Paige Kindred and Tuaine Keenan have also all left the side.

Leeds Rhinos Squad 2023

Elmere Van der Berg, Ellie Bird, Paige Reed, Brie Grierson, Caroline O’Hanlon, Elle McDonald, Rosie Harris, Millie Sanders, Vicki Oyesola, Nicola Smith, Michelle Magee, Nia Jones

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