Richie Myler starring in new role for Leeds Rhinos

TO the naked eye, the manner in which Richie Myler is operating in the full-back role at Leeds Rhinos suggests he has been playing there all his life.

Going through: Leeds Rhinos' Richie Myler breaks away to score a try during the Super League match at the Halliwell Jones Stadium, Warrington. Picture: PA

The England scrum-half has switched to No 1 in recent weeks and was outstanding yet again as they secured a fourth successive win with Thursday’s 41-16 victory over Hull KR.

Myler, 30, provided the final pass for three of their tries and scored another himself, often linking up with Rhinos scrum-half Luke Gale to cause all sorts of issues for the Robins.

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“I am really enjoying it there,” admitted the versatile player, who has also filled in at hooker.

“Having Galey there doesn’t half take the pressure off. He’s leading the team around the field with Rob (Lui) helping as well.

“I’m enjoying the freedom element of it, just being able to pick and choose where I put myself around the ball and just taking the pressure off having to lead.

“Galey is brilliant at doing that and it allows me to play my natural game. I’ve always been a half that plays with a lot of support; doing that from full-back helps.

“But running the ball back when they’re lining up with baseball bats is a different part of it!

“That’s a new role for me to learn. I’m constantly trying to learn the different elements about full-back. But I am really excited about playing.”

England Knights full-back Jack Walker could be back for the first time since lockdown in Wednesday’s Super League game against Catalans Dragons, with an eye on making the Challenge Cup semi-final versus Wigan Warriors a week today.

But Myler is happy to carry on if needed and it is hard to see head coach Richard Agar leaving him out on current form.

“Some elements are very similar to when I played at half like getting the plays on,” said the former Warrington Wolves star.

“The communication for the defensive side and being in the right position to field kicks is something I’m trying to learn and something I’ve never done.

“But I am enjoying it and as long as the team’s performing and playing well, and I’m tipping in and doing well, I’m happy.”

Leeds will look to augment their position in the top-four against the French club, where Myler enjoyed two seasons before moving to Rhinos at the end of 2017.

“They are a great side and have strength across the park,” he said.

“The games are coming quick and fast now with another big one next weekend in the Cup.

“It will take a real big squad effort and we know we need to get the two points and keep this run of form going.”

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James Mitchinson